The end has finally come for “House of Lies” and to close the final chapter on this story the gang at Kaan and Associates are going out unlike any other show in TV history.
To film their series finale, the cast and crew left the United States and headed to Cuba. “House of Lies” is the first TV show to take production to Cuba since the country reestablished relations with the United States and for the cast, it was an honor and an interesting experience.
“It feels almost like you’ve time traveled to this different world and different time,” Ben Schwartz, who plays Clyde Oberholt, tells Zap2it. “It was pretty remarkable and pretty incredible.”
It wasn’t just the actors who got to experience life in Cuba though, as the show’s crew came along to work with locals to carry out “House of Lies” final scenes.
“There was a Cuba-based crew and then we had our crew. And they meshed perfectly together,” Schwartz remembers. “We were teaching each other things and it was pretty remarkable and incredible just to hold hands with a country like that, both of us working together and creating something. That was the most exciting part of all of it.”
Of course, there was another benefit of shooting in Havana.
“It makes us look incredible, because everywhere you put the camera looks like the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life,” he says. “So you can have a Muppet-looking guy like me and all of a sudden it’s 10% cooler because I’m walking in the street there.”
And Schwartz isn’t joking. From the architecture, to the beaches to even the cars, the final episode of “House of Lies” not only looks unlike anything you’re seen on the show before, but unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere on TV. While this has never been an unattractive series by any stretch, filming in some rather picturesque locations, Cuba comes across as somewhere truly special in the finale.
The “House of Lies” series finale airs Sunday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.