Jeremy Strong kept his “distance” from “Succession” co-star Brian Cox

“I think Brian probably couldn’t care less, but obviously it worked for Jeremy,” Brody said amid the method acting debate.

The years-long method-acting debate surrounding Jeremy Strong’s portrayal of Kendall Roy in Success has now infiltrated the set of the hit HBO series.

Adrien Brody, guest star on the Emmy-winning drama, told The Hollywood Reporter that Strong is “keeping his distance” from co-star Brian Cox during production. Cox plays Logan Roy, the controlling patriarch intent on squeezing his eldest son, Kendall (Strong), into submission to the family’s media conglomerate.

“I feel like I support any approach as long as it doesn’t really bother anyone. I think everyone has a responsibility to be able to adapt to the approaches of others. It’s part of the job,” Brody said. “I think the hard part comes when an actor disrupts the flow. This can be for many reasons: uncertainty about where they are in that moment, whether they are connecting or not, or out of ego. Or something else. I didn’t experience any of that with ‘Succession’ though. I thought Jeremy was a wonderful co-star and very thoughtful. He contacted me before he came on board and we met.”

Brody added, “I noticed that he kept his distance from Brian on set, but I found it all really interesting. I think Brian probably couldn’t care less, but it obviously worked for Jeremy. I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is so much fun to get into.’ And everything went smoothly. I just wanted there to be more. I really loved interacting with them. So that was my experience with it. I loved it. They know whatever works — and what they’re doing on this show clearly works.

A student of method acting and Stanislavski practice, Brody noted that Cox’s approach “is more of a technical thing sometimes because you’ve been doing it for so long.”

Cox previously called the onscreen alter-ego Roy the “antithesis of who I am,” barring a cynical overlap with the character. “The only thing we have in common is a deep disappointment in the human experience: we think humans are screwed,” Cox said. “I never used to swear as much as I did until I played Logan.”

Co-star Matthew Macfadyen, who famously plays crucial RoyCo executive Tom Wambsgans, said it was “a bit annoying” to discuss Strong’s approach to his character. “It does [the show] about one thing, and it’s an ensemble piece,” Macfadyen explained earlier. you think of [fellow cast members] J. Smith-Cameron and Alan Ruck who are bloody amazing actors. [Strong] is not the main event.”

Season 4 of “Succession” is currently in production.

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