Brian Cox Hates One Major Thing About His Succession Role

Brian Cox is, if nothing else, a guy with a lot to say — his 2022 memoir, “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat,” is mostly just a burn book about other actors — and he’s spoken extensively about his role as Logan Roy. Specifically, he thinks the show’s creative team, including showrunner Jesse Armstrong and director Mark Mylod, killed Logan off far too abruptly. While estranged from his children, Logan experiences a cardiac event while using the toilet on his private jet. Despite repeated attempts from the flight crew and Kendall’s bizarre insistence that they track down the best “airplane doctors,” Logan dies just like any man would or could, despite his immense money and privilege. 

Cox didn’t love the decision, as he told the BBC, but part of that was because he took it personally. “[Armstrong] decided to make Logan die, I think ultimately too early,” Cox said. “I mean, he’d made him die in the third episode. And it was a great scene. That’s why I didn’t watch it, because I have no interest in watching. My own death will come soon enough. But I just thought, ‘wow,’ you know, he did it brilliantly. It was a brilliant scene, the whole act.”

Cox did admit, though, that he took the demise to heart a little too much: “It was an odd feeling. I looked on it, wrongly, as a form of rejection. I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected. I felt a little bit, ‘oh, all the work I’ve done. And finally I’m going to end up as a New Yorker on a carpet of a plane.'”


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