Credits: “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat”, autobiography by Brian Cox.
There are certain choices, for an actor, which always seem somewhat… debatable, with hindsight. Brian Cox could have been consecrated in Game of Thrones but he refused the role. He explains why in his recent biography.
For many he is the face of the horrible Colonel Striker who wanted to eliminate all the mutants in the film X-Men 2. For fans of Jason Bourne, Brian Cox was also Ward Abbot, in the memory in the skin and the death in the skin. He also played the ambitious and belligerent King Agamemnon in Troy, alongside Brad Pitt. Roles with a fairly small sympathy capital for the 75-year-old Scottish actor. It’s finally with the series Succession that he knows a certain consecration by receiving a Golden Globe. He does not mince his words in his recent biography where he reveals certain anecdotes of films/series in which he has played… or refused to play, such as Game of Thrones…
Games of Thrones is THE series of superlatives, the one that has established itself with a new rhythm of narration, breathtaking twists and a gallery of iconic characters. So, when an actor admits having refused a role in the series, it is difficult to understand why. Brian Cox had previously worked with David Benioff on the 25th Hour. He had been offered a role when the latter launched Game of Thrones of which he is one of the creators. Cox refuses, not seeing the interest of a limited role and faced with a salary which, at the time, was far from reaching the heights that the series could generate thereafter.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
“Dying at the start of the Game of Thrones series was not interesting for me.”
Brian Cox writes that the role of King Baratheon, killed by a boar, did not seem to him frankly attractive either in terms of performance or financially. He also readily criticizes the American habit, he says, of “underpaying British actors compared to Americans”. At the time, the risk of not seeing the series continue was real. Something to make you smile when you know the rest. Brian Cox says first of all that he did not watch the series, nor even look for information about the role he could have had… But like everyone else, it is difficult to remain completely hermetic at the tidal wave. Game of Thrones and finally, wouldn’t we be tempted to say “You know nothing, Brian!”