Gary Davis as Michael Frost on the Netflix series 'House of Cards'

'House of Cards' Actor Gary 'Litefoot' Davis Gets Down to Business

Vincent Schilling

Gary "Litefoot" Davis, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and current President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is raising more eyebrows with his role as BIA Notable Michael Frost in the second season of House of Cards, a political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, on Netflix. Davis recently took a few minutes to discuss his character, his career and how Native actors and filmmakers might benefit from the success of projects like House of Cards.

How was it being a part of the House of Cards cast?

It was a real joy to work with those folks -- it is an A+ production that they have. These guys absolutely know what they're doing. There is no difference from anything I've seen done right in Hollywood Or on a network show that was a full production. I saw great attention to detail, with the same production value and organizational skills that would go into any full-scale production. 

It was a first-class group of folks, and the end result -- the product that they put out, House of Cards -- reflects that.

How is your character Michael Frost involved in the plotline of the story?

I play a high-ranking official in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the episode I'm in revolves around folks who are trying to pursue an agenda that may or may not be in line with policy out of the Bureau. Of course I am not an official representative nor do I speak on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This is a TV show and I'm certain they take liberties artistically. 

What scenes does your character Michael Frost play in?

My scenes were with Michael Kelly, who plays the chief of staff for Vice President Underwood in the film. I worked for a few days with Michael Kelly and Moses Brings Plenty.


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