Veteran actor Brian Cox is already famous for many roles on stage and screen. The actor has had a plethora of roles including Rob Roy, X2, The Bourne Identity and Deadwood to say a few. However there is one project he was not a part of and now regrets the decision to decline: Game of Thrones. While promoting his recent film Forsaken, Cox revealed that he could have joined fellow Deadwood actor Ian McShane and been on the massively popular television series. Early on the show, Cox was offered a role but turned it down because of money.
“Stupidly, I turned it down in the early days because they didn’t pay enough money. Now they have more money. And I was silly. I was silly, it was silly, because I’m a complete addict now. But I don’t know what I could play.
As the show’s popularity increased, so did its budget and then the show was able to hire more big name actors to have small roles on the HBO show.
“I just watched my friend Ian McShane and I thought, ‘Ooh, Ian’s in it’, so I settled down to watch him. And I thought, ‘Ian did that?’ and immediately I thought, ‘God, they must have paid him well’, because I know Ian!”
Like the rest of us, Cox was very impressed with the season six episode “The Battle of the Bastards”
“Now I know what they spend on it, in terms of the visual aspect of it… Last week’s episode was phenomenal… If you think of The Hobbit or you think of The Lord of the Rings, the battle sequence in Game of Thrones was a lot more modest, but much more brilliant than any of the battle sequences in any of those movies and all those kind of CGI characters doing their bit, whereas this was real people, I mean, the CGI was just brilliantly done and clearly there was a bit of green screen, but it’s astonishing. For television, it is truly astonishing.”
Cox never revealed what role he turned down from Game of Thrones, but he would love to answer their call now. Who could he possibly have been? Sound off in the comments….