- “Succession” star Brian Cox weighed in again on Method acting and Jeremy Strong’s love of it.
- “Just do the job,” Cox told Variety in a recent interview. “Don’t identify.”
- Strong’s acting approach was explored in a New Yorker profile in 2021 that generated controversy.
When Brian Cox speaks, he tends to say what’s on his mind.
During a recent interview with Variety, the “Succession” star weighed in once again on Method acting, which Cox is decidedly not a fan of.
“It’s really a cultural clash,” Cox said of the technique, which involves the actor trying to inhabit the psyche of their character. “I don’t put up with all that American shit. I’m sorry. All that sort of ‘I think, therefore I feel.'”
“Just do the job,” he continued. “Don’t identify.”
Cox previously criticized Method acting — and “Succession” castmate Jeremy Strong’s adherence to it — in a Town & Country profile this February.
“Oh, it’s fucking annoying,” he told the outlet. “Don’t get me going on it.”
To be sure, Cox has also complimented Strong in the past, calling a him “talented” and “gifted” actor. But he also blamed Method acting and its immersive techniques for the early retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis, whom Cox worked with on the 1997 film “The Boxer.”
“He [Daniel] retired at the age of 55, and I’m going, ‘That’s when the roles become really interesting,'” Cox explained. “You’ve retired just at the point when actually the roles get better! Of course, Jeremy was Dan Day-Lewis’ assistant. So he’s learned all that stuff from Dan.”
Strong’s love for Method acting was a significant part of an infamous New Yorker profile that generated controversy, so much so, that celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Aaron Sorkin came to the actor’s defense.
“Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films,” Chastain tweeted two days after the New Yorker story published in 2021. “Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work. The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don’t believe everything you read folks. Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it.”