PaleyFest: Veep Cast Discuss Accuracy, Washington & Crossovers

Last night the cast of political comedy ‘Veep’, along with creator Armando Iannucci, stopped the buck at the annual PaleyFest TV festival at the Dolby Theater, to discuss their upcoming season and their show.

If you haven’t seen the show the series centers on Former Senator Selina Meyer who has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. ‘Veep’ follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.

The panel at the fest was hilarious with the cast and series creator Armando Iannucci joking constantly as they discussed possible crossovers, dream casting, washington and political accuracy in the series.

The highlights from the panel have been transcribed for all you Veep fans out there, just below.

One of the main highlights of the evening was when the cast discussed the show’s political accuracy, before creating the show Armando Innaucci said he had done a stack load of research into the political world of Washington D.C. he said when you think up a “storyline that you think is the most ridiculous story you’ve ever come up with and we do it and then you get a call from Washington saying, ‘How did you find that out?’” Reid Scott jumped in letter and said that once a political insider said to him that “Scandal is the melodrama, and House of Cards is sinister. We think Veep is the most accurate.

One of the other comedic highlights of the night was when the cast discussed their dream cast member to play the show’s president Armando Iannucci immediately said Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Dunn also, more realistically, shouted out Gary Busey.

Another highlight of the night was when Julia Louis-Dreyfus disclosed her recent hilarious run in with President Bill Clinton at a charity event. The past president was recalled by Louis-Dreyfus to have said that he loves the series and commented about Julia’s Veep character Selina Meyer, saying “what’s great about your part is that there are no term limits”.

The final highlight of the night, was when the questions where thrown to the audience, a fan of the series asked the cast if there would be any possibility of a crossover episode with House of Cards. Series creator Iannucci responded by jokingly diminishing House of Cards saying that “the cast is very talented in Veep, more talented than the ones in House of Cards.” he then continued joke about breaking the fourth wall, talking to the camera, saying “There’s some basic staring at cameras while you say your lines going on in House of Cards, which is a fundamental mistake. It should be rooted out in Acting Class 1.

Veep will premiere its third season on HBO on April 6th.


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