Cox opened fire on a number of famous faces in his new memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat. Onscreen in Succession as the ruthless Patriarch Logan Roy, he is notoriously brutal in his treatment of family members and business enemies. Now, the actor appears to be channeling some of his character’s franchise into a remarkable series of commentaries on Hollywood legends from Depp to Michael Caine.
Cox has revealed that he was originally nominated for the role of Governor Weatherby Swann in three of the Pirates of the Caribbean films – Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.
The colorful part ultimately went to Jonathan Pryce, but Cox doesn’t look like he was impressed to star in the face of the franchise leader, anyway.
Speaking of Depp, he said: “Although I’m sure he is, it is so exaggerated, so overdone. “
The 75-year-old actor then tore the actor’s entire career apart.
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Cox also despises a number of other well-known and highly regarded actors.
He performed in the 12th Hour of Spike Lee with Edward Norton whom he calls “a pain in the ark because he thinks he’s a writer-director. “
He’s giving a masterclass on how to give a classic backhand compliment in his sacking of two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine.
Cox says: “I wouldn’t describe Michael as my favorite, but it’s Michael Caine. An institution. And being an institution will always be better to have reach. “
The list goes on as Cox refers to David Bowie as: “A skinny child and not a particularly good actor. He made a better pop star, that’s for sure. “
He’s equally blunt in his directorial comments, with a scathing assessment from Quentin Tarantino.
Cox says: “I find his work commendable. Everything is superficial. Mechanics of the plot instead of the depth. Style where there should be substance. i got out of pulp Fiction… Having said that, if the phone rang, I would. “
However, Cox is aware that the phone may not ring after some of his comments.
He told The Big Issue: “I probably expect to never hear from some people again. But that’s how it goes. “
While Cox also talks badly about Steven Segal, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, and Daniel Day-Lewis, he has kind words for others like Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves, and Alan Rickman.
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