Succession's Brian Cox calls Johnny Depp "so overrated" in new book

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Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

Succession star Brian Cox has pulled no punches in his autobiography Putting the Rabbit in the Hat.

The Logan Roy actor has some harsh words for some of his former co-stars and even one he chose not to work with.

In the book, Cox reveals he turned down the role of the Governor in Pirates of the Caribbean and shares his thoughts on the franchise's star Johnny Depp.

Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

"Personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated," Cox writes (via The Big Issue).

"I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s done even less."

Speaking about his 25th Hour co-star Edward Norton, Cox also writes: "He’s a nice lad but a bit of a pain in the arse because he fancies himself as a writer-director."

One actor who Cox does actually have kind words to say about is, unsurprisingly, the late Harry Potter star Alan Rickman.

Cox called Rickman, "one of the sweetest, kindest, nicest and most incredibly smart men I’ve ever met", adding: "Prior to acting he’d been a graphic designer and he brought the considered, laser-like precision of that profession to his work."

Related: Succession season 3 release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know

Speaking to The Big Issue, Cox said none of his fellow Hollywood stars mentioned in the book had read it yet but he's expecting to have a shorter Christmas card list this year.

"I’m expecting probably never to hear from some people again," he said. "But that’s the way it goes."

Succession season 3 airs on HBO in the US, and Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

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