Brian Cox reveals his Succession character Logan Roy was supposed to be KILLED OFF

Succession’s Brian Cox has revealed his character was originally due to be killed off in the first series of the HBO comedy-drama. 

The actor, 73, portrays brash media mogul Logan Roy, who was left fighting for his life when he had a stroke just moments after asking his children to sign a contract instating his third wife Marcia (Hiam Abbass) as successor to the family empire.

The Scottish star admitted his alter-ego – famed for his roaring ‘f**k off catchphrase’ – was actually due to bow out of the critically-acclaimed show in season one, leaving the ensuing row over who would become his heir to play out in his absence. 

'It was a one season role': Succession's Brian Cox has revealed his character was originally due to be killed off in the first series of the HBO comedy-drama

‘It was a one season role’: Succession’s Brian Cox has revealed his character was originally due to be killed off in the first series of the HBO comedy-drama

Speaking on Wednesday’s This Morning, host Holly Willoughby told the Golden Globe-nominated actor she’d heard that Logan was supposed to be a ‘one season character’ and was meant to be ‘killed off’ during the first series. 

Confirming the theory, Brian explained he had a conversation with Succession creator Jesse Armstrong and the show’s director Adam McKay, and they decided to save Logan after his dramatic helicopter stroke. 

He told Holly: ‘Yes. It was a one season role and I was fine with that.  

‘Jesse was in Italy on holiday, Adam was in LA and I was in London, and so we had this 20-minute conversation, I said “So it’s a one season role?” and then there was this pause over the Atlantic and Jesse said, “Oh, no I don’t think so!” And it wasn’t!’ 

Tense: The actor, 73, portrays media mogul Logan Roy, who was left fighting for his life after asking his children to sign a contract instating his wife as successor to his empire

Tense: The actor, 73, portrays media mogul Logan Roy, who was left fighting for his life after asking his children to sign a contract instating his wife as successor to his empire

Brian also told an amusing anecdote about women begging him to order them to ‘f**k off’ in the style of his abrasive character during an appearance at a #MeToo event.

Replacing the profanity with the word ‘cauliflower’ on the daytime show, he explained: ‘If I use cauliflower for the obvious, “Why don’t you cauliflower off?”. 

‘Rosanna Arquette had this book for Ronan Farrow. It was a #MeToo evening, I was very pleased to be there and afterwards I was surrounded by quite a few ladies.

‘One or two of them said, “Can you tell me to cauliflower off?”, and I said, “Is that really appropriate at a #MeToo movement event?”‘ 

Explaining all: The Scottish star admitted his alter-ego - famed for his roaring 'f**k off catchphrase' - was actually due to bow out of the show in season one

Explaining all: The Scottish star admitted his alter-ego – famed for his roaring ‘f**k off catchphrase’ – was actually due to bow out of the show in season one

Family drama: Logan being killed off would have meant the ensuing row over who would become heir to the business to play out in his absence (pictured with Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy)

Family drama: Logan being killed off would have meant the ensuing row over who would become heir to the business to play out in his absence (pictured with Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy)

The actor confirmed the third season of Succession is being written at present, and is expected to be back on screens in October 2020. 

The second series ended on a cliffhanger, with Logan’s troubled son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) announcing to the world’s media that his father was aware of long-term corruption and sex scandals within the company’s cruise sector.

The dramatic move came in a desperate attempt to usurp Logan as head of the family media conglomerate Waystar Royco. 

In spite of the constant backstabbing and family feuding involved in the show, Brian insisted Succession is ‘one of the most harmonious’ projects he has ever been a part of.

'Is that really appropriate?': Brian told an amusing anecdote about women begging him to tell them to 'f**k off' in the style of his abrasive character during an appearance at a #MeToo event

‘Is that really appropriate?’: Brian told an amusing anecdote about women begging him to tell them to ‘f**k off’ in the style of his abrasive character during an appearance at a #MeToo event

On the sofa: The actor discussed his Succession role during an appearance on This Morning alongside co-hosts Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby (centre)

On the sofa: The actor discussed his Succession role during an appearance on This Morning alongside co-hosts Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby (centre) 

The actor said: ‘He’s (Logan) the driver of the ship… the young actors are absolutely splendid. For a show about disharmony, it’s one of the most harmonious shows I’ve ever done.’

It has been widely speculated among fans that Logan and the Roy family in general could be based on either the Murdochs or the Trumps.

Brian responded: ‘Well, it’s based on anybody in a position of entitlement and that’s what wealth does. It’s very odd.’

The Emmy-winner also reflected on the success of the show, crediting the ‘astonishing’ reaction to ‘extraordinary writing’ by the team responsible for British government satire, The Thick Of It. 

Trouble ahead: The second series ended on a cliffhanger, with Logan's son Kendall announcing his father was aware of long-term corruption and sex scandals within the company

Trouble ahead: The second series ended on a cliffhanger, with Logan’s son Kendall announcing his father was aware of long-term corruption and sex scandals within the company

He said: ‘It’s astonishing, the reaction. It’s a modern morality tale, it’s very funny, darkly funny and it’s no hold bars, that’s what gets the audience hooked. 

‘They’re not the sweetest people you’ve ever come across. This sort of abuse that goes on constantly. 

‘I’ve been doing this game so long that I know when something will be good. It’s also because of our extraordinary writing. It all started here, these are the guys who worked on The Thick Of It, the humour has a lot of British sensibility.’ 

Brian picked up a Golden Globe nomination in the category for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, for his role earlier this week. 

Kieran Culkin, who portrays his screen son Roman Roy, received a nod for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, while Succession as a whole was nominated for Best Television series. 

Gearing up for a return: The actor confirmed the third season of Succession is being written at present, and is expected to be back on screens in October 2020

Gearing up for a return: The actor confirmed the third season of Succession is being written at present, and is expected to be back on screens in October 2020

 

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