With his Succession character, the eternally overlooked failing son Connor Roy, who is planning a race for the fictional presidential post in the HBO series, Alan Ruck explained why a Roy in the White House is not so ridiculous after all. Yes, even the completely unusual Connor. Ruck described Connor as “an indecently wealthy person with no leadership skills and no experience,” Ruck told Jimmy Kimmel Monday: “It’s America we can do anything about.”
And while Kimmel encouraged Ruck to compare the uniformly despicable Roys with Trumps (what about the obscene wealth and shyness and the easy supply of schematic, worthless offspring), it’s another miserable plutocratic dynasty that the actor said looks more like the media mogul Roys. Ruck noted how costar and fearsome Imperial Roy family patriarch Brian Cox ran into one of the News Corps owner Murdochs at Starbucks recently (only for the real right-wing Fox News provider to quietly nod and smile), Ruck said. the word around Succession set is that the Murdochs are well aware of the parallels. (To be fair to whatever Murdoch it was, it’s hard to imagine anyone steps to Brian Cox.)
Proverbs about the widely praised Succession, “I’ve been waiting for this for 30 years,” Ruck also happily asked Kimmel’s inevitable question about another special role from 35 years ago. Ruck told of an anecdote about getting to drive a press car in a presidential procession recently (which apparently is something actors are going to do), and told Kimmel about his usual method of dealing with people who, so to speak, but not completely recognizes him, especially when he responsibly wears a face mask in public. Told he sounds like the guy from Ferris Bueller, Rucks cagey answer is to ask: “Oh, is he good?” and then go from there, which sounds pretty much right given the actor’s long career of playing overlooked but stage-stealing other bananas.
In that direction, Ruck revealed that he was only paid 40,000 for his indelible ride as the captive tortured teenager Cameron Frye in the 1986s Ferris Bueller’s day off, an amount that the now 65-year-old actor sadly says: “They will find no excuse for not paying you.” Presumably floating with HBO money and long-standing recognition for his role as the least likely Roy to rise to POTUS on Succession, Ruck also explained how Bueller fans are always much more concerned about the doomed vehicle than about how Cameron will cope with his upcoming, explosive confrontation with his negligent father.
“They’re really worried about the car,” Ruck remarked about his interactions with legions of Ferris Bueller viewers in his life, where the actor reveals the cold consolation that the legendary on screen Ferrari GT California was actually “shit”. Ruck told Kimmel that the kit car Cameron infamously sent hurriedly through a glass wall and into a ravine was actually a Mustang body with a shiny exterior replica of the Ferrari shell, remembering that the crew cheered as the crooked and unreliable engine finally reached its end. “We could not afford a real Ferrari,” Ruck said of the modestly budgeted John Hughes movie. No word on whether the car cost more than Rucks salary like Cameron, but that’s probably pretty close.