Brian Cox: the ‘Succession’ dad you’d never take home

After the boom of ‘The Squid Game’, the third season of ‘Succession’ arrives to take over the social conversation. This dramatic comedy, a modern adaptation of ‘King Lear’ that revolves around a rich dysfunctional family where heredity is the axis of their lives, promises to become the hit of HBO again, with the audience and the applause of the critics increasing day by day.

But among the mountain of praise, those that the Scotsman receives stand out Brian Cox, actor who plays Logan Roy, the billionaire patriarch and owner of the media empire of discord, what an enemy to the family protagonist of fiction. Roy is the archetype of the ruthless millionaire: cruel to his children, emotionally distant and more dedicated to his profession than to his family. A role that he executes to perfection and which has earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination.

At 75, this role is another success in a long career of Machiavellian characters. For example, it was Hannibal Lecter before Anthony Hopkins, King Lear of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Titus Andronicus awarded two Oliviers – the Oscars for English dramaturgy – and won an Emmy for his portrayal of the Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in the series ‘Nuremberg’. He’s even been the villain in ‘X-Men 2’, a role that is indirectly linked to ‘Sucession’, at least for what another of its protagonists affirms: “Look, I’m going to tell you what it’s like to be rich, okay? It’s a fucking wonder. It’s like being a superhero, but better. You do what you want and without getting caught. “

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And although he has been the villain of one of the most powerful superhero groups, a dangerous Nazi and a Shakespearean despot, according to critics, his most terrifying role, due to the sadly real nature of his approach, has been in ‘Sucession’: “One one of the most terrifying characters on television today, “he titled ‘The Independent’ about Cox.

Throughout his career, the Scotsman has learned to master, with great magnetism, the role of sociopath. So much so that the original idea was to kill him at the end of the first season, but his masterful performance made the character so creepy that they did not dare to do without him. It sounds like a cinephile cliché, but Cox has proved it again: the biggest monsters are those that hide in broad daylight.

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