He says these relationships – like the one with legal counsel Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) – show that Logan is more than “all the great.”
“Of course I scream every now and then. And the REASON I CALL“, He said, turning on my computer speakers,” is to keep the audience, to wake them up, and to wake the other actor. “
“It’s part of his technique,” he says, giving me another high-decibel example. “It’s part of his little show. ”
“I scare people all the time, but I’ve done it before Logan Roy so it’s not unusual for me,” he says. “It’s kind of a danger that I face all the time. ”
As he sits there, turning one of TV’s most feared figures off and on again like a switch, the praise and awards make even more sense than they did a few minutes before: he doesn’t. There is no character on television like Logan Roy and there is no actor who can play him quite like Brian Cox.
The third season of “Succession,” which follows the Roys, a media family inspired by real headlines like the Murdochs, continues last season’s thread – with Logan Roy’s son attempting to pin down illegal events in the game. ‘business on his father.
The move, as one might imagine, once again shifts the already delicate family balance. The question is whether Kendall has what it takes to defeat the King of Waystar Royco.
“If Kendall really brings values together, which are outside of Waystar Royco’s realm, then I think that’s his salvation,” Cox said. “And it’s going to be interesting to see if he gets those values because he’s so locked into that ambition and the family dynamic, but he needs someone to break it.” And unfortunately, it must be one of the children. Logan is not going to do it break it because it suits Logan to have this situation. ”
For all the family drama, however, Cox thinks Logan loves his children.
“They mean a lot to him. Unfortunately, they are still disappointing, as I understand it, ”he says. “I mean, any parent is both in love with their child, but sometimes too much is expected of them. You know, we’re all guilty of this. We can put terrible pressure on our children to validate themselves, do you know? ”
One thing viewers won’t see this season is the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision not to respond was made by showrunner Jesse Armstrong, and Cox sees it as the right call “because we couldn’t become hostages to Covid.”
“Otherwise it would have been a different show,” he says.
The pandemic has, however, “made some things very, very clear, especially the position of the rich,” as Cox sees it.
“Eleven minutes in space. Give me a break. What does that mean ? ” he says. “You know, Richard Branson, ‘No more spaceships’ and you say’ No, no, no, we don’t need more spaceships. We have to take care of our world. We really have to take care of our world and what our world is and what’s going on. ‘ ”
The disparity between the rich and the real world on so many fundamental levels is why he thinks the show continues to have so much intrigue around it.
“The show hits it all because the dysfunctional Roys are kind of a reflection of the dysfunctional elements of wealth in the world,” he says.
Logan’s personal dysfunction – whether he’s yelling at someone or playing “Boar on the Floor” underlings – is what Cox says he enjoys the most about the role.
“You can’t underestimate Logan in any form because he’s an amazing animal,” he says. “Logan, you know, there aren’t a lot of characters like him in the drama. We haven’t seen them. Because he is relentless. He doesn’t seem to be taking any prisoners. It is the joy of playing it. ”
Everything, of course, will someday come to an end, and Cox says he hopes Logan will be there to see it.
“I don’t want to be killed until the end of the series. I don’t want to be killed at all, ”he said. “I just want to disappear down a long hallway at the end and say ‘Goodbye. I am leaving.’ ”
Well, Logan would probably say something else. But that too would end with “off”.
“Succession” begins its third season Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.