‘Succession’ star Brian Cox talks about the autobiography, near the departure of Logan Roy


That was Logan Roy.

In October, an autobiography of Scottish, Emmy-winning actor Brian Cox was released in the UK, revealing that parts deserve the “successor” star’s bombastic media titan and the father of the biting Roy family.

Johnny Depp was labeled “girly”, action star Steven Seagal called “ridiculous in real life”, and Edward Norton “a good boy but a little pain in the ass because he’s a writer-director.”

As Cox’s autobiography “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat” (Grand Central, 352 pages, out Tuesday) hits the US shelves, Cox has written a diplomatic appendix that will be added to the paperback addition that has not yet been scheduled.

“There were some things I wanted to clarify because I was accused of being disrespectful,” Cox says. “It should be an ongoing conversation. Maybe I’ll write part two of this book, where I will examine more in my life.”

Until then, Cox wrote “Rabbit in the Hat” enough while filming the third “Succession” season. Cox’s rise from dialogue, unfiltered tome poverty to Royal Shakespeare as a stage actor, sharing the stage with Lawrence Olivier to John Gielgud with screen performances from “Braveheart” to “X2: X-Men United”.

Cox discussed some of the most memorable moments:

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Logan Roy was not meant to survive season one of ‘Succession’

Cox says Logan Roy was “part of the one-season” in early talks with “succession” producers, including creator Jesse Armstrong.

“That was the plan,” Cox says. “But when I brought it up later, the idea was quickly crushed. It was clearly going to be more than one season.”

So Roy recovered from his season one stroke, and the show’s creators and fans and Cox himself fell in love with the bombastic character. Keeping Roy alive brings the tension of the story needed to propel the drama.

“If you think, as the title suggests, Logan should be about trying to find his successor,” Cox says. “Once there is no trouble.”

Show writers have clarified the similarities between Cox and Roy, including sharing the Scottish hometown of Dundee (“I thought it was a weird thing to do,” he says). Cox feels somewhat normal with a “tragic” person who is “a complete contradiction to who I am.”

“I’m a socialist, anti-capitalist, Logan hates everything,” Cox says. “If Logan meets him, he won’t stop me for two minutes.”

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Brian Cox as Agamemnon

Why Cox Rejected ‘Game of Thrones’

Cox turned down HBO’s “Game of Thrones” one-season offer, which included a dramatic death. Time is a factor in Cox’s passing on the doomed King Robert Baratheon; Mark Addy participated and was killed by the pig. In the autobiography, Cox writes cheekily on Google to remind participants.

“I knew it was Mark Audi who played it,” Cox says. “But when I wrote it, I didn’t remember who it was in my life. I was at a loss of names.”

He lost his “GOT” success and luck, Cox says he “loved” the HBO series.

Cox, who worked with co-creator David Benioff on Troy in 2004, says Brad Pitt’s Achilles starring King Agamemnon “was a great show.”

In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I," Alastair Mad I Moody as Brendan Gleeson and Arthur Wesley as Mark Williams, many actors were called to the franchise, not Brian Cox.

Cox was ignored in the ‘Harry (Expletive) Potter’ franchise

In his tome, Cox jokingly ponders why many of his esteemed acting contemporaries took on roles in the franchise, “Harry (Expletive) Potter.”

“It’s kind of weird,” says Cox, who plays Mad-Eye Moody, Brendan Gleeson on screen. Still unsure how they missed all eight films.

“It’s a tough lesson to learn, but my agent once told me, ‘You know, Brian, everybody doesn’t like you,'” Cox says, insisting that he simply express his views. “But you can see people discussing it and saying, ‘What about Brian Cox? And then,’ No, he’s a little hard.” It’s complete bollocks, but there you go. I’m the easiest person in the world to work with. “

Brian Cox in the scene from the 1986 film Manhunter.

He was the OG big screen Hannibal Lecturer

“Successor” fans now stop Cox on the street to request Logan Roy to swear. Before the show, fans ask Cox to repeat the lines of 1986’s “Manhunter,” which starred author Thomas Harris as the cannibal serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s first screen appearance.

“It’s a wonderful character,” Cox says. “The thing about Lecter is don’t sell him. Let him be his mysterious self.”

Cox respects his friend,

Cox was never contacted for Jonathan Demme’s 1991 play “The Silence of the Lambs,” in which Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Lector to Oscar and screen villain performed immortality. Cox did not negotiate with his friend Hopkins to Lector.

“We discuss many things, but it doesn’t come into the conversation and is quite right,” Cox says.

Cox jokes that he got “my revenge” to direct Demme in the 2000 episode of HBO’s prison drama “Oz.”

“I had to tell (Demme) not to look at the camera, ‘that’s something we don’t do as actors,'” Cox says with a laugh. “That was kind of funny. But he was very considerate and good. And he had a great vision. It’s a very wonderful movie.”

Nicole Ansari-Cox and Brian Cox attend HBOs

The appendix to the book fixes the famous fences

In Cox’s two-page autobiographical appendix, the authors admit that when discussing actors, they are “a little too harsh and sometimes too hasty for my own good.”

He comments on Depp’s “loyal and energetic fan base (which I often carry with it)”, noting that Depp “has the gift of a big dumb screen player.” Norton is a writer-director and “has shown his worth through his excellent work, Motherless Brooklyn.”

Cox ends his appendix with his two-decade-old wife, Nicole Ansari (his third marriage). “She is my rock,” she writes.

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