Why ‘Succession’ Star Jeremy Strong Often Refuses to Rehearse Scenes With Castmate Brian Cox

by Jeremy Spirogis
Succession cast

While followers of the Emmy-winning TV present, HBO’s drama Succession, not-so-patiently watch for season 3, at the very least now we have some behind-the-scenes secrets and techniques to maintain us occupied.

On Succession, actor Jeremy Strong performs Kendall Roy. He’s the early favourite to take over the Roy household business — a large media company. While Strong is little question a grasp at his craft — and Emmy-nominated for it — he revealed lately he usually gained’t rehearse scenes earlier than filming episodes of Succession — particularly when his co-star Brian Cox is concerned.

‘Succession’ solid member Jeremy Strong says he doesn’t at all times rehearse earlier than filming episodes of the present

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Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong on Succession | Zach Dilgard/HBO

In a current interview with The Wrap, Strong discussed his artistic course of in terms of performing — and why he loves attending to work on Succession.

“One of the great things about the show is the actors’ process takes primacy,” Strong shared. So a lot in order that — he and fellow solid member Brian Cox, who performs his father, Logan Roy, generally don’t even put the follow time in.

“Brian and I will often not rehearse at all,” the actor revealed. “We certainly won’t talk about the scene. We’ll just do it on camera.”

The Succession star believes that doing it reside “on film” is what “adds rigor” to the scene and makes it “[feel] dangerous.”

One second specifically from season 2 stood out to Strong.

“That scene on the boat, we started to rehearse and we were losing the light,” he shared. “I felt strongly that we shouldn’t release any tension that I felt I had by rehearsing it.” However, it seems like Cox wasn’t too pleased about that concept.

“So I stopped the rehearsal, to Brian’s consternation,” Strong admitted.

Strong discusses how significant it’s to work with fellow castmate Brian Cox

However, Strong has the utmsot respect for his Succession co-star.

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“Brian is … just a force of nature,” Strong mentioned. “Such a heavyweight actor. He’s been on the mountaintop for so long.” Cox introduced intensive theater expertise — to not point out all of the movie and TV work — to his function on Succession. Strong continued on what it’s wish to work with the powerhouse actor:

He has that factor that could be a uncommon high quality with actors, which is a way of hazard — there’s one thing primal about him. He listens fully. I don’t ever really feel like we’re performing. I don’t really feel like we’re doing scenes, I really feel like we’re assembly within the ring.

Strong’s strongest scene in ‘Succession’ Season 2

When The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Jesse Armstrong — the creator of Succession — he completely gushed about Strong’s performing in season 2.

Armstrong referred to as out “Safe Room,” specifically, the 4th episode of the season. In the scene Armstrong liked, Strong and his fellow castmate Sarah Snook (who performs his sister, Shiv) have a uncommon sincere dialog with one another.

Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong on SuccessionSarah Snook and Jeremy Strong on Succession
Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong on Succession | Peter Kramer/HBO

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The author referred to as it “a moment of brother and sisterly connection,” versus the conventional bickering over “their father’s affections and their positions.” Armstrong recalled of Strong’s efficiency:

… there’s a second of honesty the place Kendall sort of tells his sister he doesn’t assume he’s ever going to have the ability to fulfill the ambition, which has at all times been dangling in entrance of them as this nice, significant factor of their lives.

The Succession creator admitted he will get “soppy about the show and the characters.” Still, he believes this scene was “a magic moment on set.” So a lot so — it made him properly up with emotion.

Armstrong shared, “I was reduced to tears by the level of Sarah and Jeremy’s performance.”

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