Why Brian Cox Hasn't Even Watched That Shocking Succession Episode

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 10, Succession star Brian Cox explained why he hasn't watched the shocking April 9 episode of his own show.

By Daniel Trainor Apr 11, 2023 7:12 PMTags
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While millions of viewers were left stunned by the recent events on Succession, Brian Cox couldn't be bothered. 

During the April 9 episode of the HBO drama, Cox's character Logan Roy finally met his end, dying after a medical episode while on a flight to Sweden. As to what it was like watching his onscreen family and associates react to his death? Well, the actor wouldn't know as he still hasn't gotten around to seeing it.

"I never watch any of it," Cox revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 10, "if I can possibly avoid it."

When host Stephen Colbert reacted in shock, the 76-year-old corrected himself a bit, saying, "That's not true. There are moments that I've watched. There are scenes I watch. But I don't think I've ever watched a full episode."

The Emmy winner explained that it's not for a lack of appreciation for the show itself, but rather his own hang-ups about watching himself on screen.

"My view is it's bad enough doing it without having to watch it," Cox said with a laugh. "I always think I look like the Elephant Man. It's body dysmorphia."

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Logan's death is a secret that Cox has been holding close to the vest since being told the news during production on season four. However, when he was told that his iconic character would be killed off mid-season, Cox met the occasion with a surprising amount of zen.

"I was summoned to head office and I was given the news that he would be departing," he told Colbert. "They didn't say when. I said, ‘Fine.' It's a job. It's another job. It's one of many. I think I've done over 209 movies and stuff over the years."

Maybe now he can finally watch this one.

Alas, this isn't totally the end of the road for Logan. In an April 9 interview with Vulture, Cox revealed that the media mogul will still "have a couple scenes later on, which is flashback stuff."

The final seven episodes of Succession—which will reveal how the show lives up to its name in determining who succeeds Loganpremiere Sundays at 9 p.m on HBO. All episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.

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