Brian Cox did not want to be a pirate. Brian Cox turned down a role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise before his award-winning performance in Succession because he didn’t want to work with Johnny Depp.
In his upcoming memoir, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat, Cox revealed he was offered the part of the governor in the first Pirates film. “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,” Cox explained, via an excerpt in GQ.
Cox continued, “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,” he wrote.
From 2003 to 2017, Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in five films, beginning with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Dead Men Tell No Tales was released in 2017, and a prequel film based on the character has been in the works since 2018. Many fans have petitioned for Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in future installments, and though
The HBO star has never been one to be modest about his feelings for other celebrities.
Cox has a history of commenting on other actors, such as he did with his costar last year. “The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty tremendous. I just worry about what he does to himself. I worry about the crises he puts himself through in order to prepare,” Cox told New York magazine in a viral article about his onscreen son’s process.
Cox clarified his statement later, stating that he doesn’t want to see the younger actor burn himself out.
“The thing about Jeremy’s approach is it works in terms of what comes out the other end,” Cox said during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “He’s a pretty unique individual. But he does get obsessed with the work. And I worry about what it does to him, because if you can’t separate yourself — because you’re dealing with all of this material every day. You can’t live in it. Eventually, you get worn out.”
“Like, to me, Daniel Day-Lewis got worn out at 55 and decided to retire because [he] couldn’t go on doing that every day. It’s too consuming. And I do worry about it. 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, on the hit HBO drama. Both actors have earned acclaim for their performances in Succession.
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