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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey and the art of taking risks

I love the Entertainment Weekly covers this week that show Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the shoes, shirt, blouse and suits of each other's presidential character.

It reminded me how lucky Baltimore is to have these remarkable actors making two of the best series ever on television here in Baltimore in 2014.

One of the reasons they are so great is because they are so fearless as actors.

Dressing up as each other's presidential TV character (Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer) is nowhere near being in the same league with the risks they routinely take as actors. But there are plenty of actors on TV who would have been reluctant to do these covers for fear they would look silly or it would somehow damage audience belief in their character.

There is something wonderfully postmodern about these two in the way they playfully deconstruct their TV personas outside their series even as their performances within the series make us ever more fascinated by Frank and Selina.

Long live "House of Cards" and "Veep."

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