“I’m straight, but I was like, ‘Wow, my God! This guy is amazing.’
Long before enforcing the law on the Roys in Succession, Brian Cox had to manage other biblical family stories, at the cinema, in 2004. Because in Troy, by Wolfgang Peterson, it was he who played the Greek King Agamemnon, commanding his legions to recover Helen. Among his soldiers, the powerful Achilles, embodied by a certain brad pitt.
Brian Cox turned down the role of Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones
“It’s the only role I’ve ever pursued in my career. I’ve never pursued anything. I always took projects as they fell. But there I knew the role was available and I knew I was perfect for the role. I volunteered to go to London and meet Wolfgang Petersen. It was a great casting.” remember Brian Cox, interviewed by Vanity Fair.
Landing this role meant dealing with brad pitt. Eye to eye: “JI remember at one point I was in shock over Brad. He had never been in a period costume like this…Brad walked on set and my jaw dropped…Because he was so incredibly handsome. I’m straight huh… but I was like, ‘Wow, my God! This guy is stunning. What chance do we have, the rest of us, on screen, facing such a handsome man?