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‘I have sympathy for him’: Succession star Brian Cox says he can relate to business tycoon character Logan Roy – despite his own deprived upbringing

He portrays billionair tycoon Logan Roy in popular HBO show Succession.

And Brian Cox has shared that he relates and sympathises with his on-screen character more than viewers might.

The Scottish actor, 76, explained that despite growing up in poverty as a child, he and Logan actually have more in common than many may guess.

Both hard-working and self starters, Brian explained that he has sympathy for his character as he gave an insight into the reason behind his actions.

Talking in his new cover interview with Haute Living New York, he spoke more on the role and why it inspired him to create other projects.

'I have sympathy for him': Succession star Brian Cox has shared that he can relate to business tycoon character Logan Roy - despite his own deprived upbringing

‘I have sympathy for him’: Succession star Brian Cox has shared that he can relate to business tycoon character Logan Roy – despite his own deprived upbringing

Character: Both hard-working and self starters, Brian explained that he has sympathy for his character as he gave an insight into the reason behind his actions (Pictures in Succession)

Character: Both hard-working and self starters, Brian explained that he has sympathy for his character as he gave an insight into the reason behind his actions (Pictures in Succession)

While Logan is known for his cut-throat business mind and no-nonsense attitude, Brian doesn’t see his character as a villain at all.

The actor told the publication: ‘Logan’s not that bad. I actually have a lot of sympathy for Logan…he has these awful, entitled children, but he himself does not have that entitlement; he has empathy that his children do not. 

‘He believes that everything he’s done, he’s earned … and he’s not wrong,’ he continued.

Growing up around poverty in Dundee himself before rising to fame through film and TV, there are both opposites and parallels between himself and Logan as they are both self-made.

And from living a lavish on-screen life-style in Succession, Brian goes down the opposite route in his new documentary How the Other Half Live.

While Succession about how money can tear the rich apart, he shared that Logan inspired him to look to the other side.

Revealing that he is from a working-class family and is the youngest of five children, the project sees Brian exploring other families in this position. 

‘It was very important to me to do that which is corollary to Logan and what Logan represents, because Logan is all about money. I realized I had to do something,’ he shared. 

Differing view: While Logan is known for his cut-throat business mind and no-nonsense attitude, Brian doesn't see his character as a villain at all

Differing view: While Logan is known for his cut-throat business mind and no-nonsense attitude, Brian doesn’t see his character as a villain at all

Sympathising: The actor told the publication: 'Logan’s not that bad. I actually have a lot of sympathy for Logan'

Sympathising: The actor told the publication: ‘Logan’s not that bad. I actually have a lot of sympathy for Logan’

Brian also touched on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the interviewcriticising the Duchess of Sussex for joining the family with an expectation that they could ‘cut themselves off’ from the established ‘system’. 

Adressing the ongoing controversies surrounding Megxit, Brian claimed that while people think there’s an ‘innocence’ about the Sussexes and believes Meghan was fully aware she was joining an institution.

‘You can’t go into a system where somebody’s already been trained to behave in a certain kind of way and then just expect them to cut themselves off,’ he told the outlet. ‘I mean, she knew what she was getting into.’

The Emmy-award winner also claimed that Meghan ‘clearly’ had an ‘ambition’ when she married Harry.

‘The childhood dreams of marrying Prince Charming and all that s**t we see as fantasy that could be our lives in our dreams,’ he argued, calling himself a ‘Cinderella person’.

But Cox added: ‘In my opinion, we shouldn’t have a monarchy. It’s not viable; it doesn’t make any sense.’

Getting involved: Brian also touched on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the interview, criticising the Duchess of Sussex for joining the family with an expectation that they could 'cut themselves off' from the established 'system'

Getting involved: Brian also touched on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the interview, criticising the Duchess of Sussex for joining the family with an expectation that they could ‘cut themselves off’ from the established ‘system’ 

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