Brian Cox On Choosing Projects During The Hiatus

Brian Cox in Succession S3E09. (Graeme Hunter/HBO).

During a roundtable interview in Toronto for Prisoner’s Daughter, Brian Cox discussed how he tackles projects during the Succession hiatus.

Cox stars in the film alongside Kate Beckinsale. The actor plays an aging prisoner who is dying of cancer and needs to convince his estranged daughter to let him move in with her family. Whichever distributor acquires the film has an award-worthy performance from the Succession star.

I had hoped to ask more than one question during the roundtable but there were three other journalists in the session, which lasted around 17 minutes or so.

With filming a series, how do you decide which projects you decide to tackle during the hiatus?

Brian Cox: It’s an organic thing. After a while, the projects come to you and you remain open to the projects and open to something happening. It was like with Succession, I kind of knew I was ripe for something along that line because I’d reached a certain age and I think I’d served my time. So I thought, yeah. When it was pitched to me, I immediately thought this is it, I know this is going to be a great show because there are two—one incredibly intelligent producer who’s Adam McKay and then the genius that is Jesse Armstrong. So when you have that, it’s a no-brainer. Again, it flows. You just go okay, this is the role, Logan Roy, do it. Now the thing is, you mustn’t become attached because that’s when you say my great moments as an actor, I don’t buy into any of that. It’s an onward process you go on. I’m looking forward to the next big thing that will happen and it’s out there in the unknown.

Prisoner’s Daughter held its world premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival in the Gala program. It is currently seeking acquisition.

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Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.