‘Succession’ Star Brian Cox: “Logan Roy Would Hate Me” – Edinburgh TV Festival

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Succession star Brian Cox has said Logan Roy, the arch-villain he plays in the HBO/Sky epic, would “hate me,” but claimed he “loves” and “respects the character.”

Cox told the Edinburgh TV Festival the pair share a “deep disappointment in the human experience” but he differs from Roy in being an “optimist.”

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“I think things would get better and he doesn’t so Logan would hate me,” he said to a packed audience on the final day of the Festival. “He would say ‘I wish that Brian Cox would just shut the f*ck up’.”

Cox revealed he “loves” and “respects” the character, who he has portrayed with fanfare for three seasons, with a fourth in the offing.

“Unlike Trump or Murdoch he’s self made,” he explained. “He did it all himself. He’s a misanthrope, is kind of unhappy and his curse is he loves his children. I’ve grown to have enormous respect for him even though he is the antithesis of who I am.”

Cox wouldn’t give anything away on season four of Jesse Armstrong’s Succession, joking that the “Gestapo element of HBO” present at the festival would stop him.

Of the Succession production experience, he urged the writing team to give him scripts in time to learn his lines, although his tongue was in his cheek.

“Writers have nine months to prep scripts and we usually get scripts two days before filming,” he added.

“I have a thing about learning lines. A lot of people don’t understand actors which is understandable because we’re crazy but they really don’t understand the work actors have to do. It’s tough.”

Getting political

The Edinburgh audience were also shown a moving clip from Cox’s Brian Cox: That’s the Way the Money Goes (w/t) documentary for Paramount-owned Channel 5, which addresses poverty in his native Scotland. “It is important for people like me, actors, to put themselves in a place where they can do something like that,” he added.

The session got political, with Cox, a vocal advocate of Scottish independence, describing the current government as “appalling.” He was interviewed on stage by Scottish government politician Angus Robertson.

“We’ve been at the mercy of the UK government forever,” said Cox. “We’ve been so ignored over the years.”

He also criticized the British acting industry for being “feudal”, giving a leg up to actors woo came through the public school system such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic West and Eddie Redmayne.

The 76-year-old Rob Roy, Braveheart and Manhunter star touched on a 60-year career during which he has featured in multiple TV shows, films and plays, winning a Primetime Emmy, two Golden Globes, two Olivier Awards and being nominated for one BAFTA.

Next up he is making his directorial debut with Glenrothan for Lionsgate and Nevision, which. he will shoot next year.

Cox was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, which is taking place from August 24 to 26 and featured talks from creatives including Rose Matafeo and Dolly Alderton.

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