Frank Underwood would find the presidential campaign “amusing,” says Kevin Spacey, who plays the ruthless politician in TV’s “House of Cards.”
Bringing his star power to the CEO-packed World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Spacey told participants on Friday: “I think in the first place that Donald Trump … uh, sorry, that Frank Underwood …” before being drowned out by laughs.
“I think Frank Underwood would look at this particular year and find it as amusing as I do,” he said.
Spacey said, on a somber note, that Trump’s campaign reminds him of that of George Wallace, the populist Alabama governor who favored racial segregation, in 1968. Trump has said that he would favor banning some Muslims from entering the U.S.
The Oscar-winning artist also got personal, talking about how meeting actor Jack Lemmon at the age of 13 inspired him to take up his profession — and how he hoped to have the same effect on young people.
New volley in Oscar diversity debate
Academy Award-nominated British actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are “racist to white people.” All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling, 69, told France’s Europe 1 radio Friday that, while it’s impossible to know for sure, “maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to be in the final stretch.” Asked if there should be quotas — not a suggestion made by most boycott supporters — Rampling said we live “in countries nowadays where everyone is more or less accepted,” but there would always be problems with people being judged “not handsome enough,” ‘’too black” or “too white.” Rampling is nominated for best actress for Andrew Haigh’s portrait of a marriage, “45 Years.”
Engaged: Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer are engaged. The marriage will be Carey’s third. She was previously married to actor-comedian Nick Cannon and record executive Tommy Mottola. Forbes says 48-year-old Packer’s net worth is $3.5 billion. Packer has three kids. Carey gave birth to twins in 2011. Packer is the son of late Australian media baron Kerry Packer and is one of that country’s leading casino executives.
To the rescue: Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing. A spokeswoman for the singer said he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years. School officials have said that the school is facing closure because of low enrollment and has a deficit of about $400,000.