Brian Cox Turned Down Game of Thrones, Calls Johnny Depp ‘Overrated’


Brian Cox is at the moment the star of the HBO hit sequence Succession, however previous to his run as Logan Roy, Cox turned down one other huge function for an excellent larger tv sequence.

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In his just lately launched memoir Putting the Rabbit within the Hat (through Esquire), Cox revealed that he was provided a job within the HBO fantasy sequence Game of Thrones, however turned it down as a result of the pay wasn’t fairly what he would have appreciated.

Cox went on to disclose that he was initially requested to play Robert Baratheon, the King of Westeros launched within the first season and somebody who’s killed in the direction of the top of it.

“I’m often asked if I was offered a role in Game of Thrones — reason being that every other bugger was — and the answer is, yes, I was supposed to be a king called Robert Baratheon, who apparently died when he was gored by a boar in the first season,” Cox wrote in his ebook. “I know very little about Game of Thrones so I can’t tell you whether or not he was an important character, and I’m not going to Google it just in case he was, because I turned it down.”

The legendary actor mentioned that whereas everybody else went on to change into very rich as a part of being on the present, he wouldn’t have gotten to get pleasure from lots of the advantages from it because of being killed off so early.

“Why? Well, Game of Thrones went on to be a huge success and everybody involved earned an absolute fortune, of course,” Cox mentioned. “But when it was originally offered the money was not all that great, shall we say. Plus I was going to be killed off fairly early on, so I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful series where your wages go up with each passing season. So I passed on it, and Mark Addy was gored by the boar instead.”

Elsewhere within the memoir, Cox touches on the truth that he turned down a job to play the Governor in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, a job which might ultimately be taken over by Jonathan Pryce.

“The guy who directed Pirates was Gore Verbinski, with whom I made The Ring, and he’s a lovely chap but I think I blotted my copybook by turning down the Governor,” mentioned Cox. “It would have been a money-spinner, but of all the parts in that film it was the most thankless, plus I would have ended up doing it for film after film and missed out on all the other nice things I’ve done.”

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Another purpose for Cox’s determination to say no a job in Pirates, in response to him, was that the franchise was too depending on actor Johnny Depp, who Cox known as “overblown” and “overrated” in his work.

“Another thing with Pirates of the Caribbean is that it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show, and Depp, personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,” Cox mentioned. “I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s done even less. But people love him. Or they did love him. They don’t love him so much these days, of course.”

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