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Succession’s Brian Cox: ‘I was touched up by Princess Margaret’



+ Brian Cox talks Succession, politics, his love for cannabis and an odd royal encounter.
+ On the love for Logan Roy and how it mirrors current politics: “It’s astonishing how much audiences love Logan’s cruelty. I think it’s a reflection of the state we’re in. All of our moral certainties have gone by the wayside with the elections, with the Etonian twit in the UK and the pink Pinocchio in the White House, and you feel you can’t do anything about it. It’s like with the impeachment: it’s so clear that [Trump] is a bad man, but the Republican senators say: ‘No, it’s not this, it’s that’, but it’s all bollocks. He’s a horrible human being and he’s fucking everything up and he doesn’t give a shit.”
+ On being a fan of cannabis: “It’s absolutely great and I recommend it to everyone – get stoned! It does make the politics easier to bear. It’s a way of dealing with idiocy.”
+ On whether British acting is too dominated by posh people: “When I came to London as a student in the 60s, it was a great period of social mobility. It was in the wake of John Osborne and the angry young man, the rise of people like Albert Finney and Peter O’Toole. And that’s a legacy I’m so proud of, that I was at the tail end of. I was given a grant and had my expenses paid, and I was grateful for it. And now it’s like that never happened. I think it would be bloody impossible for me [to become an actor] if I were starting today. The tragedy in the UK is there’s a whole working class that is being removed from the culture. [...] You can’t blame Damian Lewis or Eddie Redmayne or whatsisname, er, Benedict Cumberpast, er, Cumberpat, no, Cumberbatch – that’s it. You know, talent is talent and one has to be careful about not being mean. But it says something about our creative work that we haven’t got an even playing field. Egalitarian thinking is completely lacking in the UK.”
+ On being touched up by Princess Margaret: “I was at the Royal Court. I was doing a play with Alan Bates and it was my 23rd birthday and I’d been given a red shirt from Lindsay Anderson. I’d just washed my hair so I was sort of glistening, heh heh heh, and I walked in and was introduced to her. She put her fingers on my shirt, and said: ‘This is a lovely shirt.’ And she started to run her fingers down the inside of my shirt. And I went: Uh oh! What do you do when you’re being touched up by a royal? It was so funny. James Bolam, he could see what was going on and started going ‘Ooooh’ out of the side of his mouth, which somehow said princess didn’t take in at all. She just kept saying: ‘You were so wonderfully hooded on stage. I wanted to know more about you …’ She was an extraordinay creature. I excused myself and said: ‘Thank you, ma’am,’ and it came to a natural end.”

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there's a lot i like in this interview
“It’s absolutely great and I recommend it to everyone – get stoned! It does make the politics easier to bear. It’s a way of dealing with idiocy.”

also my coping method of choice
lmfao same

only way i can survive this dark timeline
You can’t blame Damian Lewis or Eddie Redmayne or whatsisname, er, Benedict Cumberpast, er, Cumberpat, no, Cumberbatch – that’s it.

🤣

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just444

5 months ago

pi_lady

5 months ago

I just watched this episode for the first time last night and this scene had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe lmao
lmfao one of us
brian cox is a member of ontd CONFIRMED
loved it lmao

CUMBERPAST LMAOOOO

it’s always the nicest men who play the most vicious assholes
...or whatsisname, er, Benedict Cumberpast, er, Cumberpat, no, Cumberbatch – that’s it.

What a fucking legend.
this killed me
He's right about it not being completely on the shoulders of the posh actors like Eddie, Damian, or Cumbersome... but there is something to be said for the posh ones who deny their privilege, if they do that, I don't care what their talent is - they are part of the problem to me, and not simply a result of it.

aspacecake

January 13 2020, 21:29:22 UTC 5 months ago Edited:  January 13 2020, 21:29:49 UTC

I feel that the posh actors aren't part of the problem PER SE, as in it's not their fault. Because a lot of those actors (like the one's he mentioned) are actually great actors, I'd be lying if I denied their talent.

But it does become a problem when they deny their privlege led them to where they are. They should be using their resoruces and their standing to lift working class actors up, but it shouldn't be all on them
That's what I mean though, they become part of the problem when they deny their privilege because that automatically reinforces the idea that only those who are 'worthy' get the opportunities, rather than it being those who have a whole lot of financial and status privilege backing them up.
I love this show and this man. 🙌
I loved him as Daphne’s dad. His accent was bad, but he was great.
I wish they had gone with a less click baiting heading. It was actually a good interview especially his take on being a working class actor from the UK.
pink Pinocchio in the White House

I love this
etonian twit! pink pinocchio! cumberpat! this is too good

man i am now fully on board with succession. booty shorts that say tom wambsgans on the back next.

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my LIEGE
lmao I just watched eps 8 and 9, about to start the finale now! tom (and greg) have been GOLD lately omfg
LOL the entire interview is worth reading in full.

So happy that Succession is getting some awards attention. Can't wait for season 3!
Bless
Bloody legend. I read the whole interview in his voice. One of the greatest actors alive today imho. And he’s pro-Indy. Good man!

Far and away the best Hannibal Lector. I loved him in Manhunter.
This man knows how to give a great interview. The Cumberbatch part sent me😅
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