The pirate life was not for him. Before his award-winning role in Succession, Brian Cox turned down a role in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – because he didn’t want to work with Johnny depp.
The actor, 75, revealed in a passage from his forthcoming memoir, pull a rabbit out of a hat, that he was offered the role of governor in the first pirates movie, a role that eventually went to Jonathan Price. “It would have been a source of income, but of all the parts of this film it was the most thankless, plus I would have ended up doing it film after film and I would have missed all the other beautiful things that I did,” Cox explained, via an excerpt from GQ.
However, there was another reason Cox decided to pass on the franchise — namely, his potential co-star, Depp, 58. [Pirates of the Caribbean] it’s really the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show, and Depp, while I’m sure he’s likable, is so over the top, so overrated,” he said. he writes.
Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in five films, starting in 2003 with the curse of the black pearl, and more recently, in 2017 Dead men don’t tell tales. A prequel film based on the character has been in the works since 2018, and although the studio has announced plans to recast the role with a younger actor, many fans have been asking for Depp to return as Jack Sparrow at the to come up.
The HBO star has never been one to hold back his thoughts on fellow actors. In December 2021, Cox even shared her concerns about her co-star Jeremy StrongThe intense method of acting. “The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty great. I just worry about what’s going on. I worry about the crises he’s going through to prepare,” Cox said. New York magazine in a viral article about her son’s on-screen process.
Cox clarified his comments about Strong, 42, shortly afterwards, explaining that he didn’t want to see the young actor burn out.
“The thing about Jeremy’s approach is that it works in terms of what comes out the other side,” Cox said during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “He’s a pretty unique person. But he becomes obsessed with work. And I worry about what it does to him, because if you can’t separate yourself – because you deal with all this material every day. You cannot live there. Eventually, you run out.
He went on to make a comparison to another famous method actor. “Like, for me, Daniel Day-Lewis burned out at 55 and decided to retire because [he] couldn’t keep doing this every day. It’s too consumer. And I care. But the result – what everyone says about Jeremy – the result is always extraordinary and excellent,” he told Meyers.
Cox and Strong play Logan and Kendall Roy, respectively, in the hit HBO drama. Both actors won acclaim for their performances in Succession, including a Golden Globe for Cox and an Emmy Award for Strong in 2020. The latter recently won the Golden Globe for Best TV Actor – Drama Series at the 2022 ceremony in early January.
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