This A- list actor who you have seen most recently on a hit pay cable show and shares a name but not spelling with a really good former NFL player, is doing himself no favors by publicly praising some of the worst people Hollywood has to offer.

Brian Cox
Brian Denis Cox CBE is a Scottish actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He played supporting roles in Rob Roy and Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning Bravehear. He currently stars as media magnate Logan Roy on HBO’s critically lauded series Succession.

Former NFL player: Bryan Cox

Is Brian Cox Allowed to Be Saying All This?

Scottish actor Brian Cox, 75, is on the cover of a digital British GQ spinoff called GQ Hype. This rules because in the cast of Succession, Cox is surrounded by hypebeasts. Nicholas Braun is certainly a hypebeast. Jeremy Strong portrays one as Kendall. But no one goes full fucking beast to the press like Cox, who can be disarmingly candid. In the Hype interview, Cox says straight-up there will be only one or two more seasons of Succession after this one, “and then I think we’re done.” This isn’t the first time Succession’s five-season ceiling has been invoked, but it was a confirmation, and he said it so casually and assuredly. Plus it reminded us of our favorite Succession C-plot: Brian Cox just sort of running his mouth to the press. The season three premiere came and went, and Cox is still running his mouth. So, we’ll keep updating this post. Below, some highs and lows for Brian Cox’s PR team.

September 23, 2020: This guy just has to weigh in on J.K. Rowling

For context: Cox has two (in his own words) “giant teenage sons,” named Orson and Torin. They sound absolutely terrifying. According to an interview with Cox in U.K. Reader’s Digest, he asked one of his sons about what was going on with J.K. Rowling:

“He said, ‘Well, she believes women menstruate. That’s what they do, don’t they?’” He belly laughs. “He said, ‘Well, people don’t like that.’ And you go, ‘Oh, for Christ’s sake!’ Call something what it is as opposed to something that you think it should be. And it is — it’s the cancel culture. I keep well away from it.”

So hulking Orson or massive Torin misrepresented why people were really upset with Rowling (hint: It rhymes with Smurf), Cox didn’t look any further into it, and U.K. Reader’s Digest thought this section of the interview would be worth publishing. Based on this anecdote, a part of me wants to give Cox the benefit of the doubt and believe he didn’t even realize any of it had to do with transphobia, trans men, and TERF-dom. Maybe he thought this was something else entirely. Maybe not!

September 2, 2021: Cox spills the wrong premiere date on Cameo

September 28, 2021: Cox spoils a surprising plot point

October 20, 2021: Cox calls American audiences mindless

October 26, 2021: Cox trash-talks other actors in his autobiography

January 14, 2022: Cox negs Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter

January 19, 2022: Cox addresses that Jeremy Strong profile


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