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Succession’s Brian Cox turned down Game of Thrones role because it was too short




Being cast in a fantasy epic like Game of Thrones now may sound like a dream come true, but when the program was first starting out, no one anticipated it would become so popular. The greatest TV show of the twenty-first century, Game of Thrones, had a number of well-known actors who passed up the chance to appear. Brian Cox, who played the father of the Roy family in the television series Succession, is one of them.

Brian Cox doesn’t regret rejecting Game of Thrones role

Cox had earlier revealed that a role in HBO’s epic fantasy wasn’t really appealing to him. In a recent interview with GQ, he reaffirmed the fact that he doesn’t regret turning it down:


“No. [That] one was only limited, I’d be dead within four episodes [Baratheon dies in episode seven]. So I saw the shortness of that. And again, it was early days, so the fees were not particularly wonderful. They did very well on it, but initially it was “suck it and see.”

Fans ask Brian Cox to tell them to “F*ck off”

Cox recalled his funniest fan interactions, “[Fans] always want me to tell them to fuck off! So I do tell them to fuck off. I’ve got to be pragmatic about it. People on the whole can be very polite, but sometimes they do get a bit aggressive.”

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