Johnny Depp Is ‘So Overrated’ According to ‘Succession’ Actor, Brian Cox

Brian Cox doesn’t pull any punches. The Succession actor seems to be brutally honest about himself and his commitment to the craft of acting. With a long career in Hollywood, he’s worked with his fair share of actors. And, thanks to his passion for film, he’s been exposed to a lot of other actors also. Thus, Cox isn’t shy about giving his honest opinions about his peers. In fact, he recently took shots at Johnny Depp.

Succession actor Brian Cox holds up his golden globe on the ref carpet
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Like many actors that hail from the U.K., Cox has no shortage of formal training. Long before he was captivating audiences on Succession, he was studying Shakespeare and gaining recognition for his stage performances. Having classical training has certainly led to a fruitful career for Cox. And while that type of training is rarer in the States, outside of conservatory programs, Cox tries to infuse his own masterclasses with elements of his own training.

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With Cox’s training and resume, he seems equipped to comment on the performances of other actors. And, in his new autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, he did just that. The Succession star was quick to comment on some of his past co-stars as well as people whom he hadn’t personally worked with. One actor that Cox was keen to comment on was Depp.

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“Personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,” Cox wrote about Depp which Culture Crave reported. “I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s done even less.”

The ‘Succession’ star took jabs at other actors and director, Quentin Tarantino

Depp wasn’t the only one who Cox fired shots at. Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more also made the cut. And actors weren’t the only ones who got critiqued. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes star also shared his opinions about filmmakers as well. Quentin Tarantino also received some less than stellar feedback from Cox. However, the Succession actor wouldn’t turn down the chance to work with the director.

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“I find his work meretricious,” Cox shared about Tarantino. “It’s all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth. Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction…That said, if the phone rang, I’d do it.”

Catch Cox’s performance on the latest season of ‘Succession’

Given the length of Cox’s career, it’s no surprise that he has opinions about so many people in the industry. And while fans of Depp likely disagree that he is overrated, art has always been, and will always be, subjective. But whether you agree with Cox or not, most people are still excited to see what’s next for his character in Succession. The hit show is currently airing on HBO Max on Monday evenings.