“This night is why I love London,” she observed as we followed the throng across the bridge.Pike was born into an English performing family, and as we walked we talked about her parents’ careers and their long marriage.In part that's because the show's creators Fincher, Kevin Spacey, who takes the lead role of Francis Underwood (aka the original's Francis Urquhart), and Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Beau Willimon were careful to work closely with both Michael Dobbs, author of original novel, and Andrew Davies, who wrote the BBC series.Both men are executive producers and Dobbs says he was delighted with the level of involvement: "I've known every step of what's going on, they've asked my opinion about everything."True, you can't help but draw breath as Kevin Spacey's saturnine House Majority Whip looks Kate Mara's naive young reporter in the eye before remarking: "You might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment" but this is a show that pays homage to the original while adeptly building its own darkly cynical world of double-dealing Washington power junkies."We've used the British series as a launching pad but we go off in all kinds of different directions," says Spacey, who signed on despite his workload as artistic director of the Old Vic because of Fincher (they last worked together on 1995's Seven.
"Working with him is sublime…there's a shorthand he and I have which means I trust him."That trust was doubly important given the risky nature of Fincher and Spacey's new venture.
[on how his children will influence his future roles] My thoughts these days are, "Oh, my God, what did I do? I'll try to be a little bit more mature about my decisions.