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Logan Roy was like that.

In October, when the memoirs of Scottish, Emmy-winning actor Brian Cox were published in the UK, it was revealed that parts of him were worthy of the media star of the Vorussia star and the patriarch of the Roy family.

Johnny Depp was called “overestimated,” actor Stephen Seagal was called “nonsense in real life,” and Edward Norton was called “a good guy, but a little painful because he considered himself a writer-director.”

When Cox’s memoirs “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat” (Grand Central, p. 352, Tuesday) appeared on U.S. shelves, Cox wrote diplomatically, adding it to an unplanned paper supplement.

“I was accused of disrespect because there were things I wanted to clarify,” Cox said. “It should be a constant conversation. Maybe I’ll study the second part of this book more in my life.”

Until then, the movie “Rabbit in a Hat” written while Cox was filming the third season of “Vorussia” will suffice. The interlocutor, an unfiltered book, covers Cox’s stage appearances, from “Braveheart” to “X2: United X-People,” with stage actor Lawrence Olivier and John Gielgud, who rose from poverty to Royal Shakespeare.

Cox discussed some memorable memories:

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Logan Roy is not meant to survive the first season of Succession

According to Cox, Logan Roy was supposed to be “a seasonal part” in initial talks with Succession producers, including creator Jesse Armstrong.

“It was a plan,” Cox said. “But when I said that later, the idea was quickly destroyed. It was clear it would be more than a season.”

So Roy, as the show’s creators and fans, recovered once after the season, while Cox himself fell in love with an unusual character. Keeping Roy alive also provides the necessary story tension that drives the drama.

“If you think about it, as the title suggests, it should be about Logan trying to find his successor,” Cox said. “No problem after he’s gone.”

The show’s authors made it clear that they share similarities between Cox and Roy, including Scottish hometown Dundee (“I thought it was a weird thing to do,” he says). Cox feels very little in common with the “tragic” figure, the “absolute antithesis of who I am”.

“I’m a socialist, an anti-capitalist, Logan hates everything,” Cox said. “If Logan meets me, he won’t stay with me for two minutes.”

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Brian Cox in the role of Agamemnon

Why Cox rejected Game of Thrones

Cox said he turned down a season-long offer from HBO’s Game of Thrones, which featured a dramatic death. Time was also a factor in Cox’s transition to the ruined King Robert Baratheon; Mark Addi played the role and shot and killed him with a pig. In the memoir, Cox writes via Google to remember who was involved in the imaginary tone.

“I knew it was Mark Addi who played it,” Cox said. “But as I write this, I can’t remember who he was in my life. I’m at a stage where I’m losing names.”

Although he missed out on GOT’s success and fortune, Cox says he “loved” the HBO series.

“It was a great show,” said Cox, who co-wrote with David Benioff in Brad Pitt’s 2004 film Troy, in which he played King Agamemnon alongside Achilles.

Brendan Gleason as Alastor Mad Eye Moody and Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley

Cox was overlooked in the Harry Potter franchise

In his book, Cox wonders why his famous actor played a role in a franchise that his contemporaries jokingly called “Harry Potter.”

“It was so weird,” says Cox, who believes the role he played was Mad-Eye Moody, portrayed on screen by Brendan Gleason. He still doesn’t know how he missed all eight films.

“It’s hard to learn, but my agent once told me, ‘You know Brian, not everyone likes you,'” Cox said, noting that he’s just expressing his opinion. What about Brian Cox? And then you can say, “No, it’s a little hard.” It’s absolute bollocks, but here I am, the easiest person in the world.

Brian Cox 1986

He was OG big screen Hannibal Lecturer

Vorusiyat fans will now stop Cox on the street to ask Logan Roy to swear an oath. Prior to the show, fans asked Cox to repeat the lines from the 1986 screenplay of Dr. Thomas Harris’s cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in his first screen appearance, Manhunter.

“It’s a fantastic role,” Cox said. – The lecturer’s message is not to exaggerate him, let him become his mysterious person.

Cox respects his friend,

In 1991, Cox was never approached for Jonathan Demme’s drama The Silence of the Lambs, in which Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Lecter for the Oscars and demonstrated the immortality of the evil hero. Cox Lecter did not speak to his friend Hopkins.

“We’re going to discuss a lot of things, but that’s not going to be a conversation, and that’s also true,” Cox said.

Cox joked that in 2000, in the episode of HBO’s prison drama “Oz,” directed by Demme, “I got my revenge.”

“I (Demme) had to say not to look at the camera:‘ It’s something we don’t do as an actor, ’” Cox laughs. “It’s a joke. But he was very careful and polite. And he had great vision. It’s a fantastic movie. “

Nicole Ansari-Cox and Brian Cox will be appearing on HBO

The book’s appendix fixes popular barriers

In Cox’s two-page memoir appendix, the author admits that when talking about other actors, he was “a little rude and sometimes too hasty for my own benefit, sometimes looking a little glib”.

He comments on Depp’s “loyal and strong fan base (the heaviest of which I’ve often taken on)”, noting that Depp has “the gifts of a great silent screen player.” Norton became a writer-director and “showed his worth with his brilliant work‘ Motherless Brooklyn ’.” Sigal was not mentioned.

Cox completes the addition with her twenty-year-old husband, Nicole Ansari (her third marriage). “He was my rock,” he writes.

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