Why ‘House of Cards’ Won’t Be Allowed to Film Where It Wants — and What the Russians and French Have to Do With It

Jul 3, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The acclaimed Netflix Series "House of Cards" has been shot down on one of its filming requests. The Associated Press reports that the Washington, D.C.-based drama series was turned down on a request to film in the United Nations Security Council chamber.

The reason: The Russians rejected it, according to the report.

"The show's producers approached the United Nations, and the 15 council members were asked whether they would allow the use of the chamber when the council wasn't in session, but Russia said 'no,'" the story reports, citing diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

The French ambassador, on the other hand, was prepared to talk, and even joked about the situation.

The report quotes France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud, speaking Wednesday to reporters, saying: "It's disappointing for you, I guess, because you wanted to see the actors. [But] it's reassuring because I think the actors would have seemed so much more elegant than we are, you know."

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French Ambassador Gerard Araud

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