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Brian Cox admits his dissatisfaction over Succession season three finale

He’s currently best known for playing a tyrannical media mogul who is constantly playing his own children off against one another in the hit drama Succession.

And in true Logan Roy style, actor Brian Cox has expressed his dissatisfaction over how the ending of season three favored one of the Roy children over the other – picking his own favorite instead.  

Although Cox, 75, said that ultimately ‘the ending was great’ he revealed that there were other scenes that were cut that could have made for something different. 

The actor spoke to Andy Cohen on Wednesday’s SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live to promote his new memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, and teased some unseen footage that was filmed involving actor Kieran Culkin, who plays his son, Roman Roy. 

Warning: Spoilers below…

Tough talking: Brian Cox admits his dissatisfaction over Succession season three finale as he reveals a scene involving Roman was cut

As viewers who have seen season three will now know, the finale ends focusing solely on Shiv (Sarah Snook) seemingly realizing that her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) has double crossed her. 

It has previously been reported that this was not the planned ending, rather something spontaneous that was chosen by the episode’s director Mark Mylod. 

But Cox says there was a whole scene involving Roman that could have been paid more attention to, but was left on the cutting room floor.

Roman empire: Brian says a scene involving Kieran Culkin's character was left on the cutting room floor and could have made for an entirely different ending of the season

Roman empire: Brian says a scene involving Kieran Culkin’s character was left on the cutting room floor and could have made for an entirely different ending of the season 

‘I had a quarrel with the choice of the edit,’ Cox confessed. ‘I would’ve given more attention to Kieran [Culkin] at the end than he got.’

‘They focused on Shiv, which was okay. And it was a choice, a directorial choice, but I, I felt there was a wonderful moment that was cut, where Kieran actually gets blasted by Frank and [the actor Peter Friedman] did this amazing speech, which we didn’t get in the final version cause of time and edit and what have you.’

Mentioning again that the director focused ‘purely on Shiv,’ Cox expressed that there was more to explore with how Roman was feeling in the final episode.

Killer ending: Many fans were satisfied seeing Shiv (Sarah Snook) at the end of season three, realizing husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) has double crossed her.

Killer ending: Many fans were satisfied seeing Shiv (Sarah Snook) at the end of season three, realizing husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) has double crossed her.

‘I love the way that he brings up the subject of love… Roman and this kind of difficult way that he does it. And of course, that’s the thing that becomes the red rag to Logan’s bull as the question of love that love isn’t very present in their relationship most of the time.’

In the nail-biting finale, Logan mocks his son Roman for asking “well, what about love?” right after his three children storm in ‘guns blazing’ to try and usurp him within the company. 

‘Now Logan’s at fault for that as well,’ Cox says. ‘Because he doesn’t express it. He may feel it, but he doesn’t express it. And I think that’s one of the, the kind of familial tragedies is that [Logan] can’t quite express [his love for his children.]’

Out of the edit: Cox teases a scene involving Roman that was left out of the finale

Out of the edit: Cox teases a scene involving Roman that was left out of the finale 

‘I asked [creator] Jesse Armstrong, right at the start of the show. I said, “does he love his children?” He said, “oh yes. He loves his children very much.” So once you’ve got that, then it becomes the fact that he cannot express that love.’

‘And when Kieran brings that moment, when he says, “well, what about love?” And he goes, “Good, God love,” you know, that’s been absent for so long, you know, that he hasn’t even been present [in their lives.]’

Elsewhere in the interview, Cox once again addresses actor Jeremy Strong [Kendall Roy] and his controversial profile for the New Yorker, that unveiled the extreme lengths he goes to in order to get into character.  

Big cheese: Shiv had been poised to take over at Waystar Royco before it all went sideways

Big cheese: Shiv had been poised to take over at Waystar Royco before it all went sideways 


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