02/19/2014 02:12 pm ET Updated Feb 19, 2014

Kevin Spacey: Real Politics Is Performance Art

Kevin Spacey did some serious work in preparing for his critically-lauded performance as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards." He explained on "The Daily Show" that he shadowed both the Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, and the Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer, to get a better feel for how things work in Washington.

He then described real politics as "performance art." Of the politicans themselves, Spacey said, "I don’t believe them, I don’t believe what they say. I don’t think they’re being absolutely sincere. I think it’s performance art, and most of them are bad actors.”

During an appearance on "Late Show," he said that politicians he's met told him that his show is 99 percent accurate -- a frightening thing to ponder, considering how awful Frank Underwood has been. "The one percent that isn’t?" Spacey said. "You could never get an education bill passed that quickly.”

"House of Cards" Season 2 is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix for your binge-watching pleasure.



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