Brian Cox reveals his all-time favorite “Succession” line

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"I loved that line and I just thought, 'Why didn't I say that earlier?'"

Brian Cox has revealed his all-time favorite Logan Royism.

Host Seth Meyers greeted the Succession actor on his late-night show with "one of the great lines" from Cox's late media-mogul character, Logan Roy, before they began discussing the fourth and final season of the Emmy-winning HBO drama.

"I love you, but you're not serious people," Meyers said. "That really sort of summed it all up, didn’t it?”

"Well, actually, it was my favorite line that I had to say throughout the whole show,” Cox replied. “I loved that line and I just thought, 'Why didn’t I say that earlier?' They were damned unserious most of the time."

The line came just before Logan's death, as his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) fought to take over his company Waystar Royco before Shiv's husband, Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), ultimately emerged victorious in the acquisition.

Cox also told Meyers that he thinks Logan orchestrated Tom's surprise takeover all along. "What I felt was that I thought Tom as very kind to him," he said. "At one point, he had a UTI infection and Tom actually helped him. And I think [he thought], 'Well, you have to put up with my horrible daughter, so I have to give you something to reward you.'"

Of his character's death, he said, "I had people saying, 'Oh no, I'm not going to watch it anymore. You're gone. I'm not going to watch it.' I said, 'But it's called Succession. That's the whole point of the show. They have to have the succession.'"

David Russell/HBO Brian Cox on 'Succession'
David Russell/HBO Brian Cox on 'Succession'

Cox previously spoke to EW about the curmudgeonly patriarch's dynamic with his children. "I think he's played a big card in terms of trying to keep his children at bay, because he knows that they're going to f--- up the business good and proper if they take over," he said. "His kids, I mean, are still found wanting and that's the frustrating thing about them. But that's his problem, you see — his problem is, he loves his children."

"He would be a lot better off if he doesn't love his children, but he's a father — of course he loves his children," Cox added. "But that's his Achilles heel, you know — the love that he has for his children, and that's the thing that he can't get over, or can't get round. That's what stops him at every given turn."

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