Succession star Brian Cox said the authentic casting, where roles are reserved for actors with the same lived experiences as a character, ignores the “art of acting.”
Cox, who plays media mogul Logan Roy on the hit HBO show, said he spent much of his free time watching movies, including Russell Crowe as a mathematician with mental illness in A Beautiful Mind and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. in The Theory of Everything.
“Both brilliant performances,” Cox told Radio Times. “My wife said, ‘Well, sure, they wouldn’t be allowed to do that now.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And she said, “Well, they’re not disabled or mentally ill.” But it is wrong, because it is playing, it is a piece of profession. “
Having a seriously disabled or mentally ill person play such a role “could be exploitative,” the 75-year-old added.
Cox landed his defining television role at 71 in Succession, which premiered in 2018, more than 50 years after making his small-screen debut in a play Wednesday on BBC One. He was the first big-screen incarnation of Hannibal Lecter and played Hermann Göring (in the 2000 miniseries Nuremberg) and Winston Churchill (in Churchill in 2017).
Cox has also played many Shakespearean lead roles, including King Lear at the National Theater in 1990, in which he portrayed the lead character as paranoid and angry. The themes are similar to those of Succession, Roy’s name even coming from King, the French word for king – making him “King Logan”.
While Succession has been interpreted as a satirical exhibition of the Murdoch family, the references to media moguls and businessmen in the series are broad – with nods to Robert Maxwell, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos.
“There are bits of it in Logan,” Cox said. “But also the family has increasingly become their own business. And actually, one of the reasons I love Logan is that he would never do that fucking [Richard] Branson or Musk or Bezos did it, “Let’s go up to the sky because we need more spaceships.” No, we don’t need more spaceships. What happens to the planet that we need more rubble in the sky? We don’t need to go to space. Where is their head, their sense of proportion, their life in the real world? “
Cox’s memoir: Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, comes out this month. In the book, he writes about fatherhood and the trauma of losing his own father at an early age.