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Brian Cox details Succession scene he refused to do ‘Logan Roy wouldn’t’

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Brain Cox leads an all-star cast in one of the best returning series for 2021, Succession. The acclaimed comedy-drama will throw the Roy family into an all-out civil war for its third season on HBO, and the Scottish actor behind the tyrannical head of Waystar RoyCo has shared some behind-the-scenes insight into life as a billionaire tycoon. 

Cox admitted he refused to step out of a car during shooting for a pivotal scene in the third season of Succession. 

The satirical drama details the fall-out of one of the world’s wealthiest families and will premiere its third season this weekend. 

Due to the show’s lavish backdrop, the Roy family employ the use of several luxury vehicles throughout the series.

However, the frequent deployment of cars, yachts and planes have made shooting the scenes somewhat difficult for Cox in the past.

Speaking to RadioTimes, he recalled shooting one sequence in Italy which was made particularly extraneous thanks to the sweltering heat. 

“After a while, you just wish there were fewer shots of getting in and out of cars,” he admitted. 

“Much of our recent filming in Italy [standing in for Croatia] involved getting out of cars on airport tarmac and into planes, or the other way round.”

The frequent flyers were blasted with 37 degree heat during one particularly rough day’s filming.

Cox’s co-star J Smith-Cameron, known for her regular role as Gerri Kellman, even suffered heat-stroke during the season three shoot. 

Thankfully, the Scottish star was wise enough to remain staunchly in character to avoid getting hit by the sun. 

He recalled: “We did another scene and I said, ‘I’m not getting out of the car.’

“They said, ‘Why?’ and I said, ‘Logan Roy wouldn’t get out of the car in this heat.’”

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He may have been right, though his method acting also came with the added benefit of remaining in the shade during the sweltering scene. 

Plus, season three will see Logan Roy tougher than ever as the media tyrant cracks down on his rebellious son, Kendall (Jeremy Strong).

The second eldest of Logan’s children declared war on his father at the end of season two.

Now Waystar’s seedy secrets are out in the open, Logan will stop at nothing to protect his reputation, even if it means destroying his own family.

Previewing what’s to come next, Cox informed Radio Times he expects Succession to expand well beyond its upcoming season. 

“We’re definitely doing a fourth series,” he confirmed. “It depends how long Jesse [Armstrong, showrunner] feels it can go on.

“I’ve got a feeling there’s a lot more life in it. This season opens up storylines that I feel will take two series to resolve.”

Succession’s popularity only increased with its second season, and all eyes are on season three as a potential contender for one of the best outings of TV this year. 

Succession season 3 premieres Sunday, October 17 on HBO. 

Read the full interview with Brian Fox in this week’s Radio Times, out now.


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