Brian Cox is old enough now that he no longer has any f**ks left to give. The man probably ran out of them around the time that Zachary Quinto delivered this on the set of The Slap:
The star of Succession obviously has no reservations about speaking his mind, as he recently did when talking about Jeremy Strong’s method acting on the set of the HBO series. The lack of a filter obviously makes Cox the ideal sort of person to write a memoir, which he has done, and which will come out in January (you can pre-order Putting the Rabbit in the Hat now). A publication called Big Issue was able to get an early peek of the book, and if shit-talking other Hollywood actors sells books, Cox is gonna sell a million of them.
The good news is, he’s a fan of Keanu Reeves — a “seeker” who has “actually become rather good over the years” — and Alan Rickman, who he calls one of “the kindest, nicest and most incredibly smart men I’ve ever met.” He has high praise for Morgan Freeman, and thinks it’s amusing that Jonathan Pryce is strange enough to freak out even Christopher Walken.
He does not, however, have kind words for some other celebrities. Among them, he thinks that Ed Norton is a bit full of himself (checks out), that Steven Seagal is “as ludicrous in real life as he appears on screen” and that Michael Caine is an “institution” but lacks “range.”
The juiciest quotes revealed so far, though, refer to two men he actually hasn’t worked with, Johnny Depp and Quentin Tarantino. Based on what he had to say about them, I doubt he’ll be working with them anytime soon.
On Johnny Depp (Cox turned down a role in Pirates of the Carribean): “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.”
As for Quentin Tarantino? He’s not much kinder. “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.” I can’t wait to see how many times I can work the word “meretricious” into conversation today.
For the record, he also didn’t think much of David Bowie’s acting. “He made a better pop star, that much is for certain.”