Succession’s Brian Cox has said that casting only disabled actors to play disabled characters takes away from the ‘craft’ of acting.
The 75-year-old actor, who plays media tycoon and family head Logan Roy in the hit drama series, discussed the concept of authentic casting, which refers to casting roles based on an actor’s lived experiences.
Discussing the films A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe playing a mathematician with a mental illness, and The Theory Of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking, Cox told the Radio Times that they are both ‘brilliant performances’.
However, he added that his wife, actress Nicole Ansari, pointing out to him that ‘they wouldn’t be allowed to do that now’.
Cox went on: ‘I said: “What do you mean?” And she said: “Well, they’re not disabled or mentally ill.”’
In Cox’s own opinion though, this type of authentic casting is ’wrong, because it’s acting, it’s a piece of craft’.
Casting a disabled or mentally ill person to play a character with the same condition ‘might be exploitative’, concluded the actor.
With season three of Succession just around the corner, Cox recently revealed that his character was not supposed to make it out of season one alive.
‘Originally, I was supposed to die at the end of the first series,’ Cox told The Guardian in a previous interview.
‘But I think they realised that Logan is the centrifugal force of the piece.’
While the actor did not confirm whether his character will survive this next outing, he is not sure how the series will fare without him.
‘It’s becoming much more of a… I don’t want to say ‘humanist document’ because Jesse [Armstrong, creator] would hate that. But the show has taken on its own life, it’s creating its own life. And that’s a big advantage.
‘They can kill me off. But I think they’d miss me.’
Succession season 3 arrives in the UK on Monday October 18 on Sky and NOW.
Credit: Original article published here.