Brian Cox Says He Turned Down A Role In "Pirates Of The Caribbean" Because He Thought Johnny Depp Was "Overrated"

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Brian Cox is a legendary actor — which you definitely know if you watched the most recent (and most excellent) season of Succession.

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Cox has been doing his thing for decades — and it seems like he doesn't pull any punches in his forthcoming memoir, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat.

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According to an excerpt published by GQ, one of the revelations is that he turned down the role of the governor in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film — and Cox has quite the reason why.

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The role eventually went to Jonathan Pryce.

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“It would have been a money-spinner," he explains, "but of all the parts in that film it was the most thankless, plus I would have ended up doing it for film after film and missed out on all the other nice things I’ve done."

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Another reason Cox passed on the role was the franchise's star, Johnny Depp, who the actor revealed he isn't exactly fond of.

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“Another thing with [Pirates of the Caribbean] is that it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show," Cox stated. And Depp, personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated.”

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Pirates wasn't the only project Cox mentions turning down in the excerpt. The actor also reveals that he passed on Game of Thrones too.

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“I’m often asked if I was offered a role in Game of Thrones — reason being that every other bugger was — and the answer is, yes, I was supposed to be a king called Robert Baratheon, who apparently died when he was gored by a boar in the first season.”

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“I know very little about Game of Thrones so I can’t tell you whether or not he was an important character, and I’m not going to google it just in case he was, because I turned it down.”

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Cox says he ultimately turned down the role because the pay "[W]as not all that great, shall we say," especially since his character (spoiler alert) died in the first season. "I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful series where your wages go up with each passing season," he explained.

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Read the entire excerpt here.

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