Brian Cox says the ‘caste’ system motivated him to support Scottish independence

Successor star Brian Cox said the UK’s “caste” and “feudal” systems had motivated him to support Scottish independence.

The grown-up actor Dundee, who plays mouth-to-mouth media mogul Logan Roy on the HBO hit series, said it took him “years” to come to a conclusion during his TV Festival appearance. Edinburgh.

He points to the background of public school-trained actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic West and Eddie Redmayne and questions whether he could have had an acting career if he had started today. or not.

I think it’s still class, it’s still feudal, it’s still people in their place. That’s why I care that my country is freeBrian Cox

Addressing the audience, Cox, 76, said he had been “very fortunate” to have had “a vision of where I wanted to be as an actor” since the age of 15.

He added: “The 60s were a period of amazing social movement because after the war that was the beginning and end of the Macmillan government and the Profumo crisis kicked it off.

“But it was an extraordinary time. Now, people in my past, they don’t have the same access, which I think is a shame, that they can’t get to what they want because the system doesn’t help.

“People like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic West, Eddie Redmayne – they all went to public schools and the public school system has these wonderful modern theaters and they are often taught by actors who are now teachers, because acting Their output is not ‘inefficient. “

Cox said students from tuition-paying schools “go to drama and of course they can afford it” before adding: “It’s very hard to get in now. I can’t do that now. I simply couldn’t do it.”

He added: “I think it is still class, it is still feudal, it is still people in their place. That’s why I care that my country is free. It took me years to get there.

“I never believed that. I used to mock it as nobody’s business, but when you live with it as long as I’ve lived with it, and you realize how rotten it all is – and certainly what we’ve seen in it. This last government, horrible, absolutely horrible. . “

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Brian Cox and his wife Nicole Ansari (Isabel Infantes / PA)

Cox also joked about the tendency for Succession writers to finish their scripts at the last minute, saying: “Getting a script is like getting gold. We usually get the script two days before shooting starts.”

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Speaking of his character on the show, he added: “What I like about Logan, first of all, he’s independent, unlike all the others, like Trump, like Murdoch, like Conrad Black, who inherit everything.

“He did it all by himself, so there’s that impulse that’s a bit different from their push.”

Cox also suggested that Roy would “hate him” if they ever met.

He said, “If Logan saw me, he’d see me tired, bored – ‘I wish Brian Cox would shut up’.”

Earlier in the festival it was announced that Cox will screen a new two-part Channel 5 documentary in which he will investigate wealth at opposite ends of the spectrum and explore the relationship our complexity with money.

The documentary, titled That’s The Way The Money Goes, will also see Cox tell his own story, from growing up in poverty in Scotland to becoming a Hollywood actor playing one of the richest man on TV.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/brian-cox-says-class-ridden-system-drove-him-to-support-scottish-independence-41940200.html Brian Cox says the ‘caste’ system motivated him to support Scottish independence

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