Brian Cox praises decision to end Succession on season four – and lashes out at method acting amid Jeremy Strong controversy: ‘I don’t put up with that American s***’
Brian Cox channeled his inner Logan Roy in an interview discussing Succession’s upcoming fourth and last season.
Last month series creator Jesse Armstrong announced that the upcoming season of the Emmy-winning HBO drama would be it’s last.
And that’s a decision Cox is wholeheartedly on board with.
‘He’s very disciplined in that way, and also he’s very British in that way,’ the Scottish actor, 76, told Variety. ‘The American inclination is to milk it for all it’s worth.’
And there’s another American convention he despises – the Method acting his co-star Jeremy Strong – who plays Kendall Roy – is so fiercely committed to.
The End: Brian Cox agrees that season four is the right time to end Succession
And despite agreeing that the time to end the series is here, Cox will miss it. ‘I’ll miss the cast, I’ll miss the atmosphere, I’ll miss the bonhomie,’ he said.
But will he miss Logan, the outlet asked. ‘Logan, probably, I’ll miss a bit. But upward and onwards.’
One thing Cox will not miss is the back and forth arguing he and Strong have butted heads on – Strong’s commitment to method acting.
Cox loathes the practice and called it out in his 2021 memoir Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, writing that their is ‘a certain amount of pain at the root of Jeremy.’
And he isn’t slamming Strong. In fact, he called him ‘a wonderful actor.’
He continued, ‘It’s really a cultural clash,’ Cox says. ‘I don’t put up with all that American sh*t. I’m sorry. All that sort of ‘I think, therefore I feel.”
‘Just do the job. Don’t identify,’ he said referring to legendary Method actor Daniel Day Lewis.
‘He retired at the age of 55, and I’m going, ‘That’s when the roles become really interesting. You’ve retired just at the point when actually the roles get better!”
Succession: The Roy kids have had four seasons to prove themselves worthy of taking over the family business and have failed to do so
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He’s fine: Strong insists it is his character Kendall Roy who is in pain, not him
And he revealed something new: ‘Of course, Jeremy was Dan Day-Lewis’ assistant. So he’s learned all that stuff from Dan.’
For what it’s worth, Strong disagrees with Cox’s assessment that he’s in pain.
In a cover story for GQ, he admitted Cox has ‘earned the right to say whatever the fuck he wants,’ but said that it is his character Kendall is in pain, not he.
Cox responded to that by simply saying: ‘I’m glad he is not in pain personally.’
As for Logan and his quest to find his successor, Cox humorously sums it up thusly: ‘They would absolutely destroy it,’ he said of Logan’s offsprings quests for the throne. of the family business.
‘It would last in their hands probably no more than five minutes. And yet that’s what he wanted. He wanted his successor. Four seasons to prove it! And they simply haven’t proved it,’ he exclaimed.
Cox went on to list Logan’s kids’ Achilles heels. Roman (Kieran Culkin) is ‘the gifted one,’ butcan’t be trusted. Shiv (Sarah Snook) is Logan’s ‘darling,’ but ‘she just doesn’t know who she is.’ AndKendall, ‘his own avarice is what’s gotten in the way,’ as well as his ‘Oh, poor me’ attitude.
But what’s the imposing Logan Roy’s weakness? He loves his children.
‘If he didn’t love his children, it would be so much easier,’ he says. ‘Its his Achilles’ heel.’
Achilles heel: Logan Roy’s Achilles’ heel is that he loves his children
Assistant: Jeremy was formerly Daniel Day Lewis’ assistant
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