Frank Underwood in House of Cards put it best: “The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties.” Kevin Spacey,the actor who portrays the scheming politician, has found himself at the centre of his own political drama. It started out innocently enough: two famous men running into each other at a public event, a coincidence that ended in a selfie pose that both posted on Twitter. “1 President is real. W/Pres Nieto in #Mexico. Good meeting a man also making progress in 1st year in office. @EPN” was the caption from Spacey, who plays US President Underwood in the Netflix series. But not much later Mexican columnist Salvador García Soto wrote in the 24 Horas newspaper that Spacey had been paid $8 million by the Mexican federal government to attend the Tianguis Turistico, an international tourism conference held at the beach resort Cancún. Pundits jumped in, asking whether the meeting had indeed been “a coincidence” or a shameless ploy by President Enrique Peña Nieto to garner star-studded support at the expense of Mexican taxpayers. Spacey was quick to respond. “I guess nobody got the joke. I was in character as Francis Underwood in House of Cards, not myself! I don’t know jack about Mexican politics,” Spacey tweeted.
Grammy-award winning Mexican Band Zoé was in London this week, a dream come true for lead vocalist León Larregui. “I remember when I was a little kid saying that the day I got to play in London I’d retire because that would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to me as a rock-and-roller,” the singer told 24 Horas this week. Leo, don’t retire yet!