Scott Nicholson as Succession’s only satisfied character – .

Scott Nicholson as Succession’s only satisfied character – .

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Logan Roy (Brian Cox) may be impossible to please, but there is one person he trusts above all else: his security guard and fixer, Colin (Scott Nicholson). Colin has been essential to the Roy family since Succession‘s first season, a Renaissance man whose duties have grown from distributing nondisclosure agreements to cleaning up manslaughter and, most recently, eliminating an invisible cat hallucinated by his boss. Colin does everything with a staunch and at times unsettling stoicism: “He’s loyal to a fault to do what Logan needs to do,” Nicholson told Vulture.

In “Chiantishire”, the penultimate episode of SuccessionIn season three of, Logan appears at the top of his game, unfazed by the disturbing developments of Waystar-Royco’s acquisition of tech company GoJo as he walks through Tuscan gardens hosting the wedding festivities. of his ex-wife. When Kendall (Jeremy Strong) emerges from the pristine bushes for a showdown, Colin – as always – is on his heels, his iconic Bluetooth headset reminding viewers of the invisible web of connections scaffolding Logan’s power. While Colin keeps his cards close to his chest, Nicholson explained his character’s key relationships within Roy’s family tree and Colin’s welcome comedy turn this season.

Colin has very few lines of dialogue, so when he does speak it’s always punchy. What does Colin say with his silences?
He is always there ; he’s still watching. I don’t mean he’s “lurking” in the background, but he has a support group of people he can glean information from to report to Logan at any time. I think Colin must be everywhere. He’s an interesting character because he doesn’t have to talk all the time. He’s carrying Logan’s weight.

You share tense scenes with Kendall. Colin holds some power over him as he led the manslaughter and driving cleanup in the season one finale. How do you interpret Colin’s relationship with Kendall?
It goes back. I think Colin has been in the family for many years, maybe 20 years, and that’s why Logan trusts him so much.

My story for Colin is that he was a military policeman when he was arrested by Logan. He saw the shenanigans that Kendall and the other kids were involved in. The way Colin talks to Kendall – he’s very suspicious of him. It has potentially solved a lot of problems for the kids over the years, as well as for Logan. He doesn’t want to overplay his hand and be shot because of what Kendall or one of the siblings has done.

In the season two first episode, there’s a very tense scene with Kendall where Colin explains the logistical details of the cleanup. What is the vibe of filming scenes like this?
Very, very tense. This scene was where Colin talks to Kendall and lets her know exactly where he is and what he’s up to him. It was a bit difficult because most of the time we don’t rehearse when we get the script. Jeremy is a very intense actor, more of an emotional, Method-style actor, and he wants to do things more organically to see how they play out.

The encounter resonates strongly at the start of season three, when Kendall returns to the office. Colin walks up to his face and says, “I know you. This visibly shakes Kendall. Did you think a lot about how you wanted to deliver this line or was it intuitive?
It was originally written slightly differently. When I got settled in Jesse said, “Maybe don’t say anything because your presence is so strong.” We worked on it a few times, and when I said that, it was the last take. It was like, “Hey, why don’t you lean over and say that line?” Jeremy wasn’t prepared for this. Colin thinks about how he can run Kendall without being too powerful. That’s why I went with the whisper, and I made this decision at the last second.

This season you have had some remarkable comedic moments, especially in “Retired janitors from Idaho”, when you get rid of the “invisible cat” that makes Logan worse. How did you react when you read this moment for Colin?
I love this episode. This might be my favorite episode, because Colin is always on the outskirts; you might not see him, but he’s around. This time, it was a little out of context that he could have been so close and more comical, a little burlesque. There was a lot of improv, and I’m not sure it all got seen through the edit, but it was awesome to do.

When it happened I thought, It might be a bit out of character for Colin, but when I think about it, he is his character, because he is desperate to protect Logan and help him. If Logan tells him there’s an imaginary cat and he wants him to bag it, that’s what he’s going to do, and he’s going to do it to the best of his ability.

You have so many intimate moments with Logan in this episode. How did this relationship develop?
Over time, that’s the trust I have with Brian. He and I worked from the pilot. From the moment I met him he was a gentleman: always very kind to me, almost like a father figure. As far as Colin is concerned, I think he has respect for Logan. They are both self-made men in a way. Colin feels accomplished; he loves his job and he is loyal to Logan. Episode after episode, even though it’s a look Logan gives Colin, there’s that mutual respect.

Working with Brian, Colin working with Logan – I think it’s a very similar dynamic. At the start of this episode, Colin puts a boot on Logan’s leg. Originally it was written that [Logan] had a line where he berated [Colin] for putting it too hard. Brian came to me and said, “I don’t think I would talk to Colin that way. We both agreed that Colin and Logan got along, or that he respected Colin because he had arranged a lot for him. He also knows Colin could be a thorn in his side if he wanted to, but Colin is too loyal to Logan.

Have you imagined what his life is like outside of his job for Logan?
I thought about it. I think he’s so loyal that he makes a living from his job. I didn’t necessarily tell Jesse about it, but I think he’s really married at work. He is at the residence, in company retreat, as well as in the office: he is there for the family. Of course he has a life, but he’s always more dedicated to work.

Seems pretty sad or lonely to Colin to me.
Personally, I think it’s sad, but I don’t think he sees it that way. The spectacle is in many ways about power and moving forward. I think Colin is somewhat ambitious, but he wants to be there to provide the service, not so much to advance his position.

What are your hopes for Colin’s future?
I think he would like to keep his position at Waystar Royco and help in any way he can. If he were to evolve in any way in the company that would be great, but I don’t think he aspires to evolve as he holds a very powerful position himself. I think he is very happy!

He might be the only one, so that seems like a victory in itself!
He’s in the know and part of the inner workings, so I guess that would be my hope: that Colin remains an integral part of Waystar Royco, or wherever it goes.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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