Brian Cox rejected major Game of Thrones role over salary

Brian Cox

Brian Cox
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A new excerpt from Brian Cox’s Memoirs, Puts the rabbit in the hat, revealed that Succession star had almost a central role in another HBO hit: Game of Thrones. In the excerpt, published in GQ, the Scottish actor did not know why he did not attend the show.

“I am often asked if I was offered a role in Game of Thronesthe reason is that every other villain wasand the answer is, yes, I should be a king named Robert Baratheon, who apparently died then he was torn by a boar in the first season, ”Cox wrote. “I know very little about Game of Thrones so I can not tell you if he was an important character or not and I’m not going to google it just if he was because I rejected it. “

“Why?” He continued. “Well, Game of Thrones became a huge success and everyone involved earned an absolute fortune, of course. But when it was originally offered, the money was not that big, we must say. In addition, I had to be killed pretty early, so I would not have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful series where your salary increases with each passing season. So I passed it on, and Mark Addy was torn from the boar instead. (I lied. I googled it.) “

Cox claimed that the “money thing” was very common in his experience as a British actor, and wrote that the British are often offered less than their American actors. He said it was a “problem with British agents” who are less ruthless than their American counterparts.

Cox also wrote that people often ask if he was offered a role in “Harry Goddamn Potter. “He said,” I think someone had a burning cross held up for me not to join Harry Potter, because all my friends were there. I think part I power have played was it there Brendan Gleeson got, Mad-Eye Moody, but Brendan was more in fashion than I was at the time, and that’s pretty much the world way in my business, so he got it. Besides, he is much better than I would have been. ” Gleeson’s son, Domhnall, would also eventually join the franchise as Bill Weasley.

Cox he said did reject the role of Keira Knightley’s father The Pirates of the Caribbean. He wrote: “It would have been a waste of money, but of all the parts of that film, it was the most ungrateful, plus I would have ended up doing it for film after film and missed all the other good things I did. “has done,” before growing poetically around his aversion to Johnny Depp.

Cox explained that what he was most looking for in his later acting roles was longevity, which he finally found in Succession. He wrote: “Hopefully we do make a fourth series, and it should probably be, but it will have been a good race. ”

Puts the rabbit in the hat will be published on 18 January.


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