Succession’s Brian Cox reveals he turned down Game of Thrones role because ‘money was not great’, calls Johnny Depp ‘overrated’


Scottish actor Brian Cox has been working for larger than half of a century. Currently, he may maybe presumably presumably furthermore be seen in HBO’s acclaimed drama Succession, in which he performs the role of Logan Roy, the founding father of media conglomerate Waystar Royco and the patriarch of the Roy family. Cox is identified for his candour in media interviews.

In his new memoir, Cox printed the cause he develop into once by no system seen in main franchises similar to Harry Potter and Sport of Thrones, both of which featured several top British actors. But now not Cox.

Interestingly, he develop into once supplied the role of Robert Baratheon in Sport of Thrones. The persona develop into once in a roundabout procedure performed by Effect Addy.

In an excerpt from his memoir Placing the Rabbit in the Hat, quoted by the GQ journal, he wrote, “I’m on the entire requested if I develop into once supplied a job in Sport of Thrones—cause being that every and each varied bugger develop into once—and the solution is, mosey, I develop into once purported to be a king known as Robert Baratheon, who it appears to be like died when he develop into once gored by a boar in the principle season. I know minute or no about Sport of Thrones so I will’t uncover you whether or now not or now not he develop into once a crucial persona, and I’m now not going to google it upright in case he develop into once, on fable of I develop into it down.”

He added, “Why? Successfully, Sport of Thrones went on to be a big success and everybody concerned earned an absolute fortune, of course. But when it develop into once at the origin supplied the cash develop into once now not all that immense, let’s assume narrate. Plus I develop into once going to be killed off reasonably early on, so I wouldn’t believe had any of the benefits of the long-term outcomes of a winning series where your wages rush up with each and each passing season. So I passed on it, and Effect Addy develop into once gored by the boar as an different. (I lied. I did google it.)

In Harry Potter, Cox printed that he came stop to taking half in the role of Alastor Touchy. The role in a roundabout procedure went to Brendan Gleeson.

“Harry Potter. That’s one other one they attach a request to me about,” laments Cox. “Harry f***ing Potter. I judge any individual had a burning pass held up for me now not to be in Harry Potter, on fable of all my chums were in it. I judge the share I may maybe presumably presumably maybe believe performed develop into once the one which Brendan Gleeson got, Angry-Ogle Touchy, nevertheless Brendan develop into once extra in model than I develop into once at that time, and that’s very powerful the model of the enviornment in my industry, so he got it. Additionally, he’s critically better than I may maybe presumably presumably maybe were.”

However, one role he would now not be apologetic about rejecting is that of Weatherby Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the father of Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann. The role in a roundabout procedure went to Jonathan Pryce.

The cause? Johnny Depp. He says, “It may maybe presumably presumably were a cash-spinner, nevertheless of your full ingredients in that film it develop into once the most thankless, plus I may maybe presumably presumably maybe believe ended up doing it for film after film and passed over out on your full varied superb things I’ve finished. One other ingredient with Pirates of the Caribbean is that it’s very powerful the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ sign, and Depp, personable though I’m obvious he’s, is so overblown, so overrated. I point out, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, whereas you come on with palms fancy that and pale, scarred-face develop-up, you don’t must enact the rest. And he didn’t. And on account of this truth, he’s finished even much less. But of us love him. Or they did love him. They don’t love him so powerful at the present time, of course. If Johnny Depp went for Jack Sparrow now, they’d give it to Brendan Gleeson. So no—no regrets about Pirates, I don’t judge.”

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