Brian Cox Trashes Hollywood A-Listers In His New Book: Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino & Others

    Brian Cox best known for his character Logan Roy in Succession, recently opened up about fellow Hollywood celebrities in his new autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat.
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    Brian Cox best known for his character Logan Roy in Succession, recently opened up about fellow Hollywood celebrities in his new autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat. Some of the biggest actors he mentioned in the book include Ed Norton, Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino and more.

    Brian Cox, Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino

    Talking about Ed Norton, with whom Cox co-starred in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, he said, "He's a nice lad but a bit of a pain in the arse because he fancies himself as a writer-director." Cox called Michael Caine a legend but added, "I wouldn't describe Michael as my favourite, but he's Michael Caine. An institution. And being an institution will always beat having range."

    Recalling turning down the role of the Governor in Pirates of the Caribbean, Cox said he doesn't regret missing out on the Johnny Depp starrer series. "Personable though I'm sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated. 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," he added.

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    Meanwhile, Cox, who hasn't worked with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino saidhe does not want to either. He added, "I find his work meretricious. It's all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth. Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction...That said, if the phone rang, I'd do it."

    Cox who has encountered a young David Bowie during Thames TV series redcap, he called him as a, "A skinny kid, and not a particularly good actor. He made a better pop star, that much is for certain."

    Cox also mentioned Jonathan Pryce and Christopher Walken, who he worked with in 2001 film The Affair of the Necklace. "Christopher Walken was somewhat bemused by Jonathan Pryce, which is understandable, Jonathan being an interesting fish, kind of dark and gloomy at times. And if you can freak out Christopher Walken, " Brian wrote in the book.

    The actor was kinder to Keanu Reeves, calling him a "seeker" who has "actually become rather good over the years" and as for Morgan Freeman, Cox added, "I'm pleased to say that although he was cold and pissed off and watching bedlam reign around him, Morgan Freeman remained an absolute gentleman. Being the very epitome of Morgan Freeman. The Morgan Freeman you would hope to meet. The Morgan Freeman you encounter in your dreams."

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    Taking about Alan Rickman, who played Snape in Harry Potter series, Cox added, "was one of the sweetest, kindest, nicest and most incredibly smart men I've ever met. Prior to acting he'd been a graphic designer and he brought the considered, laser-like precision of that profession to his work."

    Other names mentioned in the book include Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hurt and Michael Gambon.

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