Kieran Culkin Confirms: Brian Cox Gets Hangry While Filming 'Succession'
HBO’s mega-hit Succession has everything you’d want in a television series: a star-studded cast, juicy drama, rich people succumbing to their own madness, and, of course, family drama. In fact, it’s the Roy family’s bickering and complaining that makes the whole show believable—because we do it, too. (If you don't, you're lying.) Say what you want about the Roys, but they're all undeniably human. It's something that Kieran Culkin, who plays Roman Roy in the series, will miss when Succession inevitably comes to an end.
In Esquire's new digital cover story featuring Culkin, the actor said he'll miss seeing his on-screen dad, Brian Cox, get a bit cranky on set. Culkin said he couldn’t provide any quotes—“because they will definitely be misinterpreted”—but the moments are funny nonetheless. “It’s just so funny to see him lose his shit,” Culkin admitted. Over time, he learned that Cox’s temper traced back to one very relatable feeling: he gets hangry! To be fair, I would be too after filming for hours on end. To help diffuse the situation Culkin would ask a production assistant to keep a sandwich or banana nearby. According to the actor, after a sudden outburst, Cox would finally accept the snack, and let the carbohydrates work their magic. Praise be.
Unfortunately, all those antics are over now. Earlier this year, series creator Jesse Armstrong announced that Sucession’s fourth season will be the last. In an interview with The New Yorker, he said, “I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From Season Two, I’ve been trying to think: is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?” After much deliberation, Armstrong and the rest of the production team decided to let the Roy family’s story end this year. Season Four premiered on Sunday, March 27—and a new episode will air on HBO every Sunday until the finale, on May 29.
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