Brian Cox turned down the role of Robert Baratheon in season 1 because it didn’t pay enough
At Succession, Brian Cox’s Logan Roy runs his business empire like a king. But the actor could have played a king of a different kind in another hit HBO series. In his new memoirs, Put the rabbit in the hat, Cox revealed he turned down the role of Robert Baratheon in game of thrones Season 1.
Brian Cox almost played Robert Baratheon in ‘Game of Thrones’ season 1
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In his upcoming book, which hits stores in the United States on January 18, the actor talks about his career in Hollywood and growing up in Scotland. He also shares his candid opinions of actors such as Johnny Depp (“so overdone, so overrated”) and directors such as Spike Lee (“a consummate filmmaker”).
It was a role in Lee’s 25th hour, which was written by games of thrones‘ writer and showrunner David Benioff, which led to Cox being offered a role in the epic fantasy series.
“I am often asked if I have been offered a role in game of thrones – the reason being that all the other buggers were – and the answer is, yes, I was supposed to be a king called Robert Baratheon, who apparently died when he was gored by a boar in the premiere season,” he wrote (via QG). “I know very little game of thrones so I can’t tell you if he was an important character or not, and I’m not going to google him in case he was, because I declined.
HBO series didn’t pay enough, says ‘Succession’ star
For Cox, the decision to say no to game of thrones boiled down to money. The salary he was being offered was not impressive. Plus, he knew the character wasn’t going to survive, so there was no chance of a pay rise later.
“game of thrones went on to be a massive hit and everyone involved earned absolute fortunes, of course. But when it was originally offered, the money wasn’t that big, shall we say,” he wrote. “Also, I was going to be killed off soon enough, so I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a hit show where your salaries go up with each passing season. So I dropped it, and Mark Addy was gored by the boar instead. (I lied. I Googled it.)”
Brian Cox wasn’t the only actor to turn down ‘Game of Thrones’
Cox isn’t the only actor to turn down a role in Game of thrones.
Jennifer Ehle was cast as Catelyn Stark, but she ended up leaving the show after shooting the famous pilot. Ehle, who had just given birth, decided that committing to the show would mean too much time away from her family. Michelle Fairley replaced her.
Ehle wasn’t the only actor to stress family obligations when explaining his decision not to do the show. Dominic West and Gillian Anderson both said they turned down roles in game of thrones because they didn’t want to be away from their children. Neither revealed which character they were asked to play, though fans believe West could have been cast as Mance Rayder and Anderson as Cersei Lannister.
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