Brian Cox doesn't want Succession to outstay its welcome like Billions.
Cox has played Logan Roy to huge critical acclaim for three seasons so far following the premier in June of 2018.
He has won the Golden Globe award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series for his work, while Succession as a whole won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 2022 edition of the ceremony.
It is one of the most critically acclaimed television series of all time, and Cox hopes that it will end at the right time rather than continue with the quality being diluted.
Billions, another New York-based drama, has recently been renewed for a seventh season, and the general consensus is that it has dropped in quality as seasons have progressed.
“I don’t know . No one’s had their contracts renewed,” Cox told The Times.
“Who knows how long it will go on? We don’t want it to overstay its welcome, like ‘Billions’; that’s past its sell-by date. That will not happen with our show.”
Brian Cox: Logan Roy would hate me
Cox believes that the character he plays on the show, Logan Roy, would tell him to "shut the f*** up" if the pair were to meet in real life.
The character of Roy is the brash, ruthless owner and leader of a media juggernaut who is more concerned with the future of his business than his relationship with his family.
Cox believes the main difference between himself and Roy is that the latter is a pessimist, while he himself is an optimist, but that both have a "deep disappointment in the human experience."
“I think things would get better and he doesn’t so Logan would hate me,” he said at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
“He would say ‘I wish that Brian Cox would just shut the f*ck up’.”
Cox says he does "respect" Roy as a character, however.
“Unlike Trump or Murdoch he’s self-made,” he continued.
“He did it all himself. He’s a misanthrope, is kind of unhappy and his curse is he loves his children. I’ve grown to have enormous respect for him even though he is the antithesis of who I am.”