Film/TV News – Michael Kelly Discusses All Square + House of Cards

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

The sixth and final season of House of Cards will soon be released on Netflix and it will be the final time we will see Michael Kelly play Doug Stamper in this TV show. Still, you can see Michael Kelly in the latest film he is starring in titled All Square and, in an interview with Collider, he had the chance to discuss both All Square and House of Cards.

All Square

Michael Kelly had this to say on working with Jesse Ray Sheps in All Square:

Jesse Ray Sheps is such a talented kid. We went through the typical audition process, in finding him, and that was our biggest hurdle. We called a lot of friends to be in the movie, and I knew everyone except for Harris [Yulin] and Jesse.”

I was back and forth, doing House of Cards in Baltimore and New York. One of the trips home that I scheduled, with John and Timmy, who flew from L.A. to New York to meet the final few kids and have me read with them, it was down to a couple kids.”

This other kid was equally good, but there was just something about the ease at which Jesse was in the room, and that smile. You can’t not love that kid’s smile. We were like, ‘Yep, that’s the kid.’ And his folks were so great.”

When we got together on set, he was a great young actor because he asked questions. He comes fully prepared, and he dives into a scene like an adult. It all happened really organically with him, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.”

House of Cards

Clearly, playing Doug Stamper in House of Cards will have meant a lot to Michael Kelly. This is what he said on saying goodbye to this character:

It was incredibly hard to say goodbye, after living with it for six years. I was very fortunate to live with that character for six years. I think what I’ll miss most, other than the obvious things, like the crew and the city of Baltimore and my apartment there, was that solitude that I had to go to, to live in his head.”

I’m not just saying that I’m method, all the way. I’d go out to bars and I would have dinner. Derek Cecil and I would have dinner. We would go over to each other’s houses and study and be ourselves. But it was the three-hour drive, from New York to Baltimore, that I would drive at least once a week, that would help me fall into that character’s head.”

I kept the apartment very minimal and everything was very simple, and I had a lot of quiet time, which I don’t allow myself, in my real life, which is unfortunate. I was able to allow myself to live in that quiet, by myself.”

The solitude for many hours, every day, is what I’ll miss because it was a very calming experience, in many ways, that I don’t have in my real life, with a 6-year-old and a nine-year-old. Not to say that I’d trade it, but I’m just saying that there’s something about getting into that guy’s headspace that brought a certain sense of serenity to my life.”

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

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