The latest episode of Succession season 3 saw Alan Ruck’s Connor Roy sport a broken arm as he repeatedly refused to take off his coat – and it turns out his injury was real.
Titled Too Much Birthday, the chapter focussed on Kendall’s lavish 40th birthday party which featured guests having to be birthed through a replica of his mum’s vagina, a tunnel of encouragement, and a VIP treehouse area. Because, of course.
At the beginning of the instalment, Connor explained to his siblings that he was sporting a sling after taking a fall, and it just so transpires that Ruck really did break his arm while taking a tumble some months before filming started.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk in September, Ruck explained that his injury weaved its way perfectly into the whole coat debacle.
‘I had actually torn my rotator cuff in real-life at Christmastime shovelling snow like an idiot,’ he said.
‘Then it came to be March and I talked to a surgeon and he said “you should have had this sewn up at Christmas”.
‘I called Jesse [Armstrong, the creator of Succession] and said “this is just a thing I need to have this done, I’m sorry”.
‘He said, “oh, we were going to have this whole coat bit that we were going to do with you anyway so maybe the gods are smiling upon us”.’
Ruck was in a brace that he said made him ‘move like C3PO’ and recalled that his jacket was Velcroed on so it wouldn’t move.
‘I had to wear that brace for a month which was exactly how long it took to shoot that episode,’ he shared.
‘I slept in a recliner chair which was actually very comfortable, and the doctors gave me great medicine so I was never really in great distress. I’ve been doing all this physical therapy so it’s all better.’
While the horrible fallout between Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) took precedent in the episode, there were many pockets of light relief, e.g. Connor’s coat.
One of the rules for entering the event was that partygoers had to hand their coat into the cloakroom, but Connor repeatedly refused to comply.
‘Respectfully, I don’t trust those things,’ Connor said of public cloakrooms. ‘I lost a Norwegian wool in a fusion restaurant in Vancouver.’
Credit: Original article published here.