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Spacey More Spooked by 2016 Than ‘House of Cards’

"House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey poses at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., beside a painting of his character Francis J. Underwood. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Playing a power-hungry pol with a predisposition for sacrificing anything (or anyone) to sate his oversized ego is all fine and good on the small screen. But “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey doesn't enjoy watching the presidential vetting process spiral out of control in real life.  

“It’s getting less amusing,” the actor, who Monday visited Washington to attend the unveiling of a portrait of the fake politician Frank Underwood scheduled to hang in the real National Portrait Gallery (more on that in a second), told reporters of the dizzying electoral contest.  

‘Hamilton’: Is a Broadway Classic a Political Blueprint?

Candidates are being examined for their own citizenship bona fides, with Cruz being met with questions raised by Trump and others as well as analysis from law professors and armchair experts.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The first time watching “Hamilton,” it takes every bit of bandwidth to experience creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical as the Broadway game-changer most every critic has agreed it is. The second time (and for a theater and political junkie more than once is required), it is hard to miss how a show about a Founding Father killed in a duel in 1804 is as contemporary as the next political debate.

Start with immigration – as presidential candidates from Donald Trump  on have done this contentious cycle. When revolutionaries Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette fight against the British monarchy and for colonial independence in “Hamilton,” their cheeky aside, “Immigrants: We get the job done,” stops the show. That’s not just because it acknowledges the role of Hamilton, born in the British West Indies, and Frenchman Lafayette in the creation of the United States of America. The dramatic pause and delayed laughter also is surely because of current debates about immigrants from Mexico, the Middle East and points around the world.