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Actor Kevin Spacey, who plays a murderous, bare-knuckle politician in the popular Netflix series "House of Cards," on Sunday disputed critics' assertions that the show isn't an accurate portrayal of Washington today.

Spacey said on ABC's "This Week" that he watches political coverage today and thinks to himself: "Our storylines are not that crazy. They're really not."

Spacey, who called the show "performance art," then joked that the most far-fetched portion of the show was when Congress comes together, under his leadership as House majority whip, to pass an education overhaul.

"Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and that the 1 percent that isn't is that you could never get an education bill passed like that," Spacey said.

The Oscar winner added that politicians who are view as especially ruthless or ethically challenged sometimes emerge as icons, citing Lyndon Johnson and even the deal-making of Abraham Lincoln that was portrayed in a recent Hollywood film.

"People are reexamining people who are willing to do whatever it takes," Spacey said.