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Kevin Spacey brings star power to 'House of Cards'

Kevin Spacey brings star power to 'House of Cards'

It was a steamy weeknight in July on Centre Street, and the extras in black tie were flagging.

The $100 million series "House of Cards" was prepping a crowd scene outside the Peabody Institute, across from the Midtown BBQ & Brew. For more than two hours, nothing happened. Extras were herded about, lights were adjusted, and onlookers complained alternately about the heat and lack of action on the set.

Then they snapped to attention. A current moved through the crowd.

There was Kevin Spacey, in the middle of the barricaded street.

People edged closer, nudged partners, pointing in the direction of the two-time Oscar winner, who chatted and laughed...