Brian Cox, known primarily for his cunning role as the patriarch of the Roy family in Succession, recently walked Vanity Fair through the trajectory of his remarkable career so far. This included his role as Agamemnon in Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 historical war film Troy, opposite Brad Pitt as Achilles. Cox mentioned that his role as Agamemnon was the only role he’s ever pursued in his career.
“I’ve never pursued anything,” Cox said. “I’ve always allowed it to fall out the way it fell out. I knew the part was available, and I knew I was dead right for the role. I volunteered to fly myself to London to meet Wolfgang Petersen. It was a great cast.”
The actor recalled, “I remember at one point being agog at Brad. He’d never been in costumes like that… Brad walked on set and my jaw was down because he was so stunningly beautiful. I’m straight but I thought, ‘Wow, my God! This guy is stunning.’ What chance does one have on the screen against this beautiful, beautiful man?”
Troy grossed just under $500 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for an Academy Award in the costume design category. Cox and Pitt starred opposite an ensemble cast that included Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O’Toole, and Stephen Buttigieg.
The 75-year-old actor has recently been making press rounds in support of his new memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, which is now available for purchase. Cox is a winner of two Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He has also been nominated for a British Academy Television Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. He played supporting roles in Rob Roy and Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning movie Braveheart and was also the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film in Manhunter.
Brian Cox plays the Cunning Patriarch Logan Roy
When talking about his most recent role in Succession as Logan Roy, Cox mentions how he has lost his anonymity saying, “I was always this bobbering weaver, and it just stopped.”
“I knew this was something people had not seen before dealing with truly indescribably despicable people,” Brian adds. “If you look at the show, he’s damned as the most horrible man in the world but all he’s trying to do is find a successor for his business, and he’s hoping that his kids step up to the mark but week by week they do not step up to the fu**ing mark.”
You can watch Cox go through the timeline of his career here and watch seasons 1-3 of Succession streaming now on HBO Max.