Succession star Brian Cox: ‘Logan Roy had a terrible effect on me’ |  Ents & Arts News

Succession star Brian Cox: ‘Logan Roy had a terrible effect on me’ | Ents & Arts News

Succession star Brian Cox: ‘Logan Roy had a terrible effect on me’ |  Ents & Arts News

Brian Cox told Sky News that playing Logan Roy – the terrifying leader of the Waystar family empire in the drama Succession – had “a terrible effect” on him.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the 76-year-old star, whose career has taken him from Dundee to Hollywood, said: “I wasn’t much of a swearer until I got this part . And now I swear all the time. It’s contagious, it’s contagious.”

The Sky Atlantic show about the Roys and their affair with politics, power and money was a hit with fans and critics, and the third season leads Emmy nominations this yearwith 25 nods.

Succession is back for the third season.  Picture: Sky UK/HBO
Picture: Sky UK/HBO

Cox is currently on a break from filming the fourth season while the rest of the Succession launch filming scenes for which it is not necessary in Los Angeles.

But instead of slowing down, he’s here in Edinburgh. And he’s been busy – giving a talk about his career at the TV festival, promoting the play he produced, which features his actress wife, and also appearing at a book festival to talk about his memoir of 2021, Putting The Rabbit Back In The Hat.

As he puts it, he’s “a busy lad”, but clearly delighted to be back in Scotland, calling Edinburgh his “spiritual home”.

With two Emmys and two Olivier Awards to his name, Cox has worked on more than 200 movies and TV shows during his impressive career, which spans more than half a century.

It’s something he’s proud of, telling Sky News: “I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a great career with an amazing variety of roles, which is really what I think acting is – the variety.

“From playing Goering, which I won an Emmy for, to Churchill, it’s a great challenge, and it’s a great way to stretch my instrument. And I was very grateful and had a very good time to do it.”

Although he doesn’t choose a favorite role to date, saying it would be like “choosing a favorite child”, he has a soft spot for the part that made him a household name, father from hell Logan Roy. .

Cox explains, “Logan is a pretty fascinating character because he’s so mysterious, we don’t really know how he thinks. We don’t really know how he acts. We don’t really know how he feels.”

Succession.  Photo: Sky Atlantic/HBO
Photo: Sky Atlantic/HBO

As for advice on what to expect from the upcoming fourth series of Succession, he says he disagrees with his co-star Kieran Culkin (who plays the youngest member of the dysfunctional family Roy , Roman), who said the show’s upcoming season “went in a way he didn’t anticipate.”

Cox says: “Kieran really isn’t anticipating anything, he’s not an anticipator one way or the other, so for him to say [the show’s] to go in a way he hadn’t anticipated is strange to say the least.

“I mean, we do our thing, we’re still sorting out what we do with the kids and [wondering] will they behave well and will they learn something? We are trying to secure the company. And that’s really what we continue to do. I don’t know how to anticipate anything, in the way it all started. I think it’s going as planned.”

The 2022 Edinburgh Television Festival runs from Wednesday August 24 to Friday August 26, with Sky News as official media partner.

stars of which Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis and Philomena Cunk actress Diane Morgan will appear at the festival, and on Wednesday ex-BBC journalist Emily Maitlis gave MacTaggart’s signature talk, calling what she called “the conservative cronyism at the heart of the BBC“.

The fourth season of Succession is set to air on Sky Atlantic and NOW in early 2023.

She/Her is a multimedia performance featuring seven female performers, including actress Nicole Ansari-Cox. It is filming at Assembly George Square Studios until August 29.

Brian Cox’s autobiography Putting The Rabbit Back In The Hat is out now.

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