The Christmas Eve episode of Tucker Carlson’s video series on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) featured a surprise appearance by actor Kevin Spacey in a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the presidential election.
Spacey, who has been out of the public spotlight the past half decade due to sexual misconduct allegations, appears to be playing Frank Underwood, his corrupt politician character from the Netflix series “House of Cards” (though he is never named in the video, thus avoiding any copyright issues).
The seven-minute satirical video, which had garnered 13 million views within 12 hours, is styled as “The Tucker Carson Interview,” with the host stating that the 2024 presidential campaign seems a foregone conclusion and wondering if there’s anyone “who could jump in at this late date and rescramble the calculus of electoral politics.”
Tucker then points to Spacey, who speaks with Underwood’s trademark southern drawl and affectations (including his penchant for turning toward the camera to address the audience directly).
“I’ve always believed nothing should be off the table in life or in art,” Spacey says with a touch of double meaning. “We need to get some adults back in the room.”
Ep. 56 A Christmas Eve election surprise pic.twitter.com/Z7nofE1KT4
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 24, 2023
Amid a brief discussion of some of the candidates and the need to filter out the noise of social media, Carlson references previous Christmas Eve videos posted by Spacey in 2018, 2019 and 2020, before claiming the two of them have something in common.
“We both got canned by our network,” Spacey replies in agreement.
Carlson’s top-rated show on Fox News was canceled in April 2023 in the wake of lawsuits over coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Carlson subsequently started his X show as well as his own streaming service, Tucker Carlson Network.
Spacey was fired by Netflix in 2017 following the first claims of sexual abuse levied against him, just prior to the start of production of the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.”
“But they actually tried to kill you,” Carlson says, referring to “House of Cards” altering its storyline to have Underwood die offscreen in between the seasons.
After some criticisms of the media landscape, the pair turn their attention toward Netflix.
Spacey, still speaking as Underwood, claims that Netflix’s iconic “tudum” logo sound was based on him pounding his fist on his desk at the end of season two of “House of Cards.”
“So it is bizarre that they decided to publicly cut ties with me on allegations alone,” Spacey says. “Allegations that have now been proven false.”
A British jury in July found Spacey not guilty of several sexual assault allegations.
“I don’t think there’s any question,” Spacey continues, “Netflix exists because of me. I put them on the map and they tried to put me in the ground.”
“When are you getting back to work, by the way?” Carlson asks, seemingly addressing the question to Spacey more than Underwood.
“I’ve been back at work from the moment we started talking, Tucker,” Spacey replies, still in character though blurring the lines of reality a bit. “What’s true? What’s false? What’s life? What’s art? What’s real? What’s performance? I love it when these things intersect because then it gets interesting.”
Tucker then asks what role Spacey/Underwood sees himself in going forward.
“I will play whatever role the public wants me to play,” Spacey answers.
Spacey is slated to make his acting comeback in 2024 in the thriller Peter Five Eight, which was completed in 2022.