Fresh from winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of media tycoon Logan Roy, the actor talks about class, cannabis and an odd royal encounterDoing an interview over the phone can be a thankless job: lines get crossed, you awkwardly interrupt one another and, without the intimacy of a face to face encounter, it’s hard to get a sense of the other person. But doing a phone interview with Brian Cox – the acclaimed actor, that is, not the pop-star-turned-particle-physicist with the same name – is such a hoot that if we met in person I would have probably dissolved into a puddle of hysteria.“No, no, not now, I’m having an important conversation!” he barks when someone has the temerity to try to enter his hotel room 45 minutes into our chat. “So where was I? Ah yes …” And he launches back into the anecdote about the time Princess Margaret felt him up. The man has so much charisma – and so many anecdotes – to burn, I can practically feel my phone melting against my face. Continue reading...
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As the first two series of the HBO smash about a warring, super-rich brood returns to...As the first two series of the HBO smash about a warring, super-rich brood returns to UK screens, here’s a rundown of the show’s greatest, most horrendous scenesSuccession manages to combine the two key quarantine trends of 2020: insanely rich people acting in their own horrible self-interest, and really nice houses that you wish were yours. As such, it has been nothing short of a tragedy that we haven’t been able to watch the show in the UK while under lockdown, since it fell off the streaming services some time after season two aired.However, miracle of miracles, this error has now been rectified. As of today, both seasons of Succession – our Fleabag and Chernobyl-beating best show of last year, remember – are available to view again. If you haven’t seen it, you should close this page now and steam through every episode as a matter of urgency as there are spoilers ahead. But if you have, let me whet your appetite for a rewatch with a list of Succession’s best moments. Continue reading...
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'Succession' star Jeremy Strong is 'honored' by comparisons between his character and Theon Greyjoy on 'Game of Thrones'
Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two of HBO's "Succession." Jeremy Strong stars as Kendall Roy on...Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two of HBO's "Succession." Jeremy Strong stars as Kendall Roy on "Succession," and people are starting to see similarities between his character and Theon Greyjoy on "Game of Thrones." "That's amazing," Strong said in an interview with Insider when we brought up the comparison. "Kendall is a very subjugated, broken, collapsed person [this season]," Strong said. "I thought of 'The Manchurian Candidate' but 'Game of Thrones' is a good one. I'm honored." Keep reading for our full interview with Strong from the 2019 Emmy Awards red carpet. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeremy Strong stars on HBO's "Succession," where the threads of bleak family dynamics have many similarities to HBO's other hit series "Game of Thrones." Some people, including Vanity Fair's "Still Watching" podcast host Joanna Robinson, have even pointed out how the controlling and abusive relationship between Kendall Roy and his father Logan on "Succession" has started to look very similar to Theon Greyjoy's transformation into "Reek" at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. "I thought of 'The Manchurian Candidate' but 'Game of Thrones' is a good one," Strong said through laughter when Insider brought up this comparison during an interview on the Emmy Awards red carpet last week. "I'm honored." Read more: Meet the dramatic mogul-families that 'Succession' draws inspiration from, including the Trumps, Murdochs, and Redstones We spoke with Strong about this character connection, as well as one powerful moment from season two of "Succession" where he improvised during a tense scene. Kim Renfro: "Do you watch 'Game of Thrones?'" Jeremy Strong: "Oh, I'm obsessed." Renfro: "Have you seen that people are making a connection between Theon/Reek and Ramsay Bolton on 'Game of Thrones' and Kendall's abusive relationship with Logan Roy?" Strong: "[Laughing] No. Wow. I guess now that you say that ... this season I can see it. That's amazing. Kendall is a very subjugated, broken, collapsed person [this season] who is very much his father's … well, I thought of 'The Manchurian Candidate' but 'Game of Thrones' is a good one. I'm honored. Those guys are amazing so that's very funny." Renfro: "Do you hope that Kendall will have a similar arc to Theon?" Strong: "I do hope he's able to get out of the hell and that pain he's in. As you'll see this season, there are rungs up the ladder that start to get him out of that. So the Theon arc would be cool." Renfro: "One of the most powerful moments of season two so far happens when Logan hits Roman, and then Kendall immediately steps in to protect his brother. What was filming that scene like?" Strong: "That just happened in a take, really. Brian [Cox] connected with Kieran [Culkin] and that was my response to it. I don't even think it was scripted, it was just a sudden thing in the way it would be with a sibling. To feel protective of your younger brother when there's a history of abuse in our family." Strong [continued]: "My heart was racing ... that was real. What you saw was real. That's one of the most exciting things about the show is that we get to discover moments on camera within a take and then that's what the audience sees. It's a sort of dangerous and exciting way of working." Read more: HBO's 'Succession' season 2 has a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes Renfro: "How aware are you of the meme-ification of "Succession" on Twitter and elsewhere online?" Strong: "I will preface this by saying I kind of stay away from all of that [online], but I'm aware that ['Succession'] penetrated the zeitgeist. I guess it is surprising because you don't take it for granted — that anything you work on has that kind of reach and penetration. But it also does somehow feel like the show is right on the bullseye of this intersection between the tech/media landscape, the political landscape, the .01%, the Facebook-Apple-Amazon-Netflix-Google megalopolis — all of it. And then it's also about this poisoned family at the nucleus of our culture. So I'm not totally surprised that it's relevant." Season two of "Succession" is airing now on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Animated map shows how cats spread across the world