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Brian Cox has revealed how he played a part in hiding the biggest twist in the history of Succession.
Major, major spoilers below...
Succession is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time, with high praise gained for its writing, acting and directing. It has received numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards throughout its run, which started in 2018.
The HBO series tells the story of media mogul Logan Roy and his children, who are all vying for company control if and when he decides to retire.
It turns out, he won't actually retire, as in episode three of season four. Logan dies after a suspected heart attack. With seven episodes remaining until the series' conclusion, it was a major shock.
The episode has already been hailed as one of the greatest television episodes of all time, with particular praise for the acting of Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin.
Cox says he helped to throw journalists off the scent of his character's death by turning up to do fake scenes for Logan's funeral.
"They invented this scene that I was to play at the church. I can't remember the church, it was uptown, very fancy, big Catholic church," the Scottish actor said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
"What happened was I was on my way to film this scene and I got the call saying, 'We're so behind, and it's a scene that will never be used because it's your funeral, so don't come.' And I thought no, I'd better go.
"I'd better go because I know there's going to be a lot of paparazzi there, and as sure as eggs, I went there and as soon as I got out of the car they started clicking away. So immediately I was able to put off the fact that it was my (character's) funeral."
Cox happy Succession is ending
Cox previously stated his delight that the show was ending with season four as he didn't want it to outstay its welcome.
"There's an old adage. When the party's at its best, leave. And, that's what we've done," the screen legend said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
"Jesse Armstrong, our great creator. He won't let something go by its sell-by date. Television isn't infinite. For him, its finite.
"Each season tops the last season, and there's only so much you can do, topping each season. He kind of hinted, to me, that the show was going to stop, come to an end, but he didn't decide until quite late on."
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