Brian Cox turned down Game of Thrones, Pirates with Johnny Depp

Cox is outspoken in his new memoir about turning down popular projects like “Game of Thrones,” which he says didn’t pay enough.

“Succession” star Brian CoxThe long-awaited memoir “Put the Rabbit in the Hat” finally hits shelves on January 18 and if it’s the latest excerpt from Esquire is any indication, this is going to be a juicy tome. While fans have been treated to parts of Cox’s brutally honest book coming in the fall, a new pick reveals even more sought-after Hollywood — and why he’s turned down popular projects like ” Game of Thrones” and the series “Pirates of the Caribbean”. (Through many types.)

“I’m often asked if I’d be offered a part in ‘Game of Thrones’ – the reason is that every other spoiler is – and the answer is, yes, I’m supposed to be a king named Robert Baratheon, who was apparently dead as he Cox wrote. (That role in the fantasy series went to Mark Addy.) “I know very little about ‘Game of Thrones’ so I can’t tell you if he’s an important character and I do. won’t Google it. in case he got it, because I refused it”.

Cox said he turned down “Game of Thrones” because the money was “not big at all” and because his character wouldn’t last long.

“Why? Well, ‘Game of Thrones’ was a huge hit and of course everyone who participated made a fortune. But when it was initially offered, the sums weren’t that big. , we’ll talk. Plus, I’m getting killed pretty soon, so I won’t get any benefit from the long-term effects of a successful streak as your paychecks increase with each season. The prize passed. So I passed it on, and instead, Mark Addy was gored to death by a wild boar.”

There was another franchise project that Cox turned down: the big Disney movie “Pirates.” “I was drawn to the role of the Governor in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, a role that was ultimately played by Jonathan Pryce.”

He wrote, “The ‘Pirates’ director was Gore Verbinski, who I did ‘The Ring’ with, and he’s a lovely person but I think I wiped my books by refusing to Governor. It’s going to be a moneymaker, but of all the parts of that movie, it’s the most ungrateful, plus I’ve been doing movie after movie and missing out on all the other good things that I did. ”

But Cox’s reason for turning down the role of Governor also has a bit to do with the creative personnel on board.

“The other thing with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is that it’s a lot like ‘Johnny Depp like Jack Sparrow’s and Depp’s show, is lovable though I’m sure he is, overblown, overrated,” Cox wrote. “I mean, ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ Let’s face it, if you carry on with your hands like that and your face is pale, full of scars, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And then he did even less. But everyone loves him. Or they fell in love with him. Of course, they don’t love him much these days. ”

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