Brian Cox won’t be Method acting like a millennial (again) anytime soon.
The ‘Succession’ actor, who was recently Emmy-nominated again for playing Logan Roy on HBO’s hit series, which aired this year in its fourth and final season, criticized the ‘wake-up culture in a recent meeting with Piers Morgan. Cox expressed his disdain for what he claims is a social media-driven trend on Morgan’s “Uncensored” talk show.
“I don’t think social media helps. It hinders, it doesn’t help,” Cox said. “I think he points out inadequacies too easily. And the whole awakening, what we talked about before, the whole awakening culture is really awful (…) and shame culture.
He continued: “I don’t know where it comes from. Who are the arbiters of this shame? And it’s very hard to spot them, and it seems they’re usually a bunch of millennials. I suppose in a way they’re probably saying, “Well, you screwed up, so we might as well do something about it.” But it is from the wrong principle. It’s coming from the wrong place.
Cox previously called the censorship of Roald Dahl novels a “shameful” byproduct of “awakening culture,” as reported by Radio of the times earlier this year; likewise, Cox stood by JK Rowling after she was “unfairly” deemed transphobic.
Cox called cancel culture a kind of “fascist McCarthyism” fueled by “hypocrisy,” telling Morgan in 2022, “I find it completely hypocritical. I’m not religious, but there is a thing in the Bible where it says, “Let him or her without sin cast the first stone” and there seems to be a lot of stone-throwing. And it’s like a virus.”
The “Prisoner’s Daughter” actor was a vocal critic of Method’s acting and openly advocated for the survival of Turner Classic Movies during Warner Bros. Discovery’s executive rosters.
Cox recently noted that he hasn’t seen “very many” episodes of the hit series “Succession” despite its iconic status. “It’s bad enough to do it, without having to look at it,” said Cox. “I’d rather do it. Because once you’ve done that, it’s up to the audience to make the decision of him. And especially to play someone like Logan; he is so misunderstood. They just see this anger and rage.