'Succession' Actor Brian Cox Roasts Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp
He walked out of 'Pulp Fiction,' and he also dislikes David Bowie, Steven Seagal and Michael Caine
Published Oct 28, 2021As the patriarch on Succession, Brian Cox plays a ruthless, brutally honest businessman. It turns out that he's also pretty blunt in real life, since he lobs insults at some notable targets in his newly released autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat.
Perhaps most notably, he dismisses the work of Quentin Tarantino, saying that he walked out of the theatre during Pulp Fiction. He wrote, "I find his work meretricious. It's all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth. Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction … That said, if the phone rang, I'd do it."
The Big Issue notes that Cox also insults David Bowie ("A skinny kid, and not a particularly good actor") and Steven Seagal ("He radiates a studied serenity, as though he's on a higher plane to the rest of us, and while he's certainly on a different plane, no doubt about that, it's probably not a higher one."). He even targeted Michael Caine being too one-note, saying, "I wouldn't describe Michael as my favourite, but he's Michael Caine. An institution. And being an institution will always beat having range."
But perhaps his harshest words are saved for Johnny Depp, who was roasted thusly: "Personable though I'm sure he is, [he] is so overblown, so overrated. I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let's face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don't have to do anything. And he didn't. And subsequently, he's done even less."
It honestly sounds completely plausible that Quentin Tarantino would direct a movie with Johnny Depp and Steven Seagal in it. But if he does, maybe don't expect Cox to be in the cast.