Jeremy Strong Claps Back After Brian Cox Criticizes His Acting Style

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Brian Cox may have his reservations about Jeremy Strong's acting skills, but Strong is not having them and ultimately defends the talent that has kept him around for this long in the industry. What's more intriguing is that they play a father-son role on the same show on HBO.

Keep reading for the details.

Brian Cox On Jeremy Strong

Brian Cox
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Cox expressed his feelings about Strong's acting methods on their Succession series, which airs on HBO, as "f***ng annoying."

A Very Good Actor

Cox explains further in his interview with Town & Country, published on Tuesday.

"He's a very good actor. And the rest of the ensemble is all okay with this. But knowing a character and what the character does is only part of the skill set."

Strong's Acting Methods

Jeremy Strong
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The talented actor made the news in 2021 when he revealed his full-immersion acting methods which he adopted for his role as Kendall Roy.

Cox Is Worried About Strong

The 76-year-old, who has experience working with other actors who put their all into their character, expressed his concern for Strong's delivery.

"I've worked with intense actors before. It's a particularly American disease, I think, this inability to separate yourself off while you're doing the job."

Cox On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

The actor went further to express his concerns again on a 2021 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, where he said the actor gets obsessed with the work and he's so worried about the difficulty he encounters due to his inability to separate his character from the project.

"You can't live in it. Eventually, you get worn out."

Strong Feels Cox Earned His Right

The 44-year-old, however, revealed in an interview with GQ for their March 2023 cover issues published on Tuesday that Cox had every right to express his opinions.

“Everyone’s entitled to have their feelings. I also think Brian Cox, for example, he’s earned the right to say whatever the f—k he wants. There was no need to address that or do damage control.”

Lots Of Love For Everyone

Jeremy Strong
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The actor admitted that he feels a lot of love for his siblings and his TV dad. He described the set as a family and believed they would also express concern about his acting.

"You don’t always like the people that you love. I do always respect them."

No Pain

Jeremy Strong
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Strong disagrees with Cox's previous suggestion that there's an amount of pain at the root of his character on succession.

"I don't think there is. There's certainly a lot of pain in Kendall, and I haven't really met Brian outside of the confines of that."

No Going Back

He expressed his resolve not to stop his acting approach. It's what he's known his whole life; he'd do whatever it takes to deliver in every setting.

Breaking It Down

Strong continued on why his approach works for him.

“Which is not to say that that is the same thing as riding roughshod over other people. It has to do with autonomous concentration. It’s a very solitary thing. I think there’s very low impact on others except for what they might want to project onto it and how that might make them feel.”

A Great Sacrifice

Jeremy Strong
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The actor shared that he gave up much of himself for the success of the Succession, which made the work excruciating.

Letter To Self

At the start of the Succession project in November 2017, he wrote a letter to himself and Kendall Roy that he shared with the author of GQ profile.


Jesse Armstrong

The show's creator revealed there was a point where he didn't recognize Strong while filming the first season. He shared that the actor interpreted Kendall Roy from a dark place and changed his physicality.

Strong Likes Isolation

Jeremy Strong
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The actor expressed his love for isolation from his cast members on set as he's scared of forming off-screen bonds with his on-screen siblings that are too casual.

'Succession' Season 4

Jeremy Strong
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The fourth season of the hit HBO series returns to television on March 26.

Primetime Emmy

Strong has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2020.

Golden Globes

He also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Television Series Drama in 2022.

Time Magazine

The magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.

Personal Life

Jeremy Strong
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He married Emma Wall in 2016, four years after they met at a New York party. They share three daughters and live in New York.