'It's embarrassing people are supporting this guy' - House of Cards star Michael Kelly blasts Donald Trump's campaign
Published 25/02/2016 | 14:33
House of Cards star Michael Kelly has blasted Donal Trump's presidential campaign as "embarrassing" and says the prospect of him being President of the United States is "a scary notion".
Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper, Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) Chief of Staff, in the hit Netflix series revealed his views to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One.
"I can't believe this is still happening," he said. "For six months I've been asked these questions about this and I say he's having his fun, it's entertaining, he's going to go away. There is no way anyone in their right mind could put forth this man as a candidate to represent a party or the people.
"But here we are, six months later, and I'm like, 'Oh my God, not only is he not going away he's actually being considered by people in our country.
"Honestly, it's embarrassing. In my opinion the man has proven himself to be a racist, demeaning to women, a very short fuse, which is dangerous for someone who runs a country. It's just embarrassing, it's silly."
Kelly also described the support for Trump as "disturbing" and ridiculed his plans to build a wall between Mexico and the US to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border.
He added, "I believe our country has taken so many steps forward with President Obama and Hilary Clinton has done such a great job across the world as Secretary of State, for us to take these steps forward, to think that a man like that could take us all those steps backward, and maybe even many more, and put the world in real danger... He's too much of a hothead to be president, not to mention the other things."
Kelly (46) revealed that while everyone works really hard on the House of Cards set, there's still time for fun in between takes.
"Kevin Spacey is the leader of [the fun]," he said, "He's a much bigger clown than you would imagine with his impressions and joking. He's a lot of fun to be around."
Of the set itself, he said the attention to detail is "phenomenal".
"Every little detail is precisely like it is, down to if there's a newspaper article and it's referenced, [creator] Beau Willimon writes the articles that are in the newspaper," he said. "It's amazing."
With season four of the hugely popular series now available on Netflix, Kelly's character Stamper is back in everyone's living rooms. Reaction when he's out and about varies from hugely positive to slightly scary - for the fans.
"Usually people in a pub or wherever, someone's like, 'Stamper!'. They freak out. They really love the character and it's sincerely flattering," reveals Klly.
"On the flip side I've gotten into an elevator before and someone's looking at their phone and they just glance up and I've had someone be so scared before he looked up and he was like, 'Oh my God dude I just thought Stamper got into an elevator with me! I was so scared for a second!'."
The actor's grandfather emigrated from Donegal to the US, hence his surname, although he revealed he has yet to visit Ireland.