Succession’s Brian Cox Turns Down Game of Thrones

Succession star Brian Cox has explained why he rejected the opportunity to play Robert Baratheon in game of thrones.

Regale readers with stories from across his acclaimed career – including credits in Troy, the movie of the 80s man hunter and Zodiac, to name a few – Cox’s Autobiography Put the bunny in the hat has a section on this specific topic.


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“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 season one”, he writes, in an excerpt from the book shared by 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. Why? Good, 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. Besides, I was going to be killed soon enough, so I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-lasting effects. term of a “

In total, Addy appeared in seven episodes as The Stag King before Robert met his creator.

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This isn’t the first instance Cox remembers turning down the role either, as in 2016 he also lamented the show’s lack of early funding and said he “foolishly” turned down the role. .

At the time, he also remarked that the show was “really amazing” and joked that he was “waiting for the call” if show bosses were interested in having him join the cast.

game of thrones seasons 1-8 are available on DVD and Blu-ray. Spin off Dragon House is currently filming and will premiere in 2022.

Put the bunny in the hat by Brian Cox is available from retailers including Amazon,, Foyles, Hive, water stones and WH Smith.

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