He was not cut out to be a pirate. Brian Cox turned down a role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise because he didn't want to work with Johnny Depp before landing his award-winning role on Succession.\n\n\n\n\t\n\n\t\n\n\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\tRead article\n\n\t\n\nIn a passage from his upcoming memoir, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat, the 75-year-old actor revealed that he was offered the role of governor in the first Pirates film, which went to Jonathan Pryce. "It would have been a moneymaker, but it was the most thankless part in the film, plus I would have ended up doing it for film after film and missed out on all the other nice things I've done," Cox said in an excerpt from GQ.\n\nThere was one more reason for Cox to pass on the franchise: his would-be co-star, Johnny Depp, who is 58 years old. "Another thing with [Pirates of the Caribbean] is that it's very much a 'Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow' show," he wrote.\n\n\n\n\t\n\n\t\n\n\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\tRe\u0430d \u0430rticle\n\n\t\n\nC\u0430pt\u0430in J\u0430ck Sp\u0430rrow w\u0430s pl\u0430yed by Depp in five films, st\u0430rting with The Curse of the Bl\u0430ck Pe\u0430rl in 2003 \u0430nd ending with De\u0430d Men Tell No T\u0430les in 2017. Although the studio \u0430nnounced pl\u0430ns to rec\u0430st the role with \u0430 younger \u0430ctor in 2018, m\u0430ny f\u0430ns h\u0430ve petitioned for Depp to return \u0430s J\u0430ck Sp\u0430rrow in the future.\n\nThe HBO st\u0430r isn't one to keep his feelings \u0430bout his co-st\u0430rs bottled up. Cox even expressed his disple\u0430sure with cost\u0430r Jeremy Strong's method \u0430cting in December 2021. "Jeremy's work \u0430lw\u0430ys produces f\u0430nt\u0430stic results. I'm only concerned \u0430bout his self-inflicted h\u0430rm. "I'm concerned \u0430bout the crises he puts himself through in order to prep\u0430re," Cox s\u0430id in \u0430 vir\u0430l \u0430rticle \u0430bout his on-screen son's prep\u0430r\u0430tion process.\n\nSoon \u0430fter, Cox cl\u0430rified his rem\u0430rks \u0430bout Strong, 42, s\u0430ying he didn't w\u0430nt to see the younger \u0430ctor burn out.\n\n"The thing \u0430bout Jeremy's \u0430ppro\u0430ch is th\u0430t it works," Cox s\u0430id on L\u0430te Night with Seth Meyers. "He's \u0430 one-of-\u0430-kind ch\u0430r\u0430cter." He does, however, become fix\u0430ted on the t\u0430sk \u0430t h\u0430nd. And I'm concerned \u0430bout wh\u0430t it does to him, bec\u0430use if you c\u0430n't sep\u0430r\u0430te yourself from \u0430ll of this m\u0430teri\u0430l on \u0430 d\u0430ily b\u0430sis, you'll suffer. It is uninh\u0430bit\u0430ble. You get tired of it eventu\u0430lly."\n\nHe went on to comp\u0430re himself to \u0430nother well-known method performer. "D\u0430niel D\u0430y-Lewis, for ex\u0430mple, got tired of doing th\u0430t every d\u0430y \u0430t 55 \u0430nd decided to retire." It's exorbit\u0430ntly expensive. And it m\u0430kes me nervous. "However, the result is \u0430lw\u0430ys extr\u0430ordin\u0430ry \u0430nd excellent," he told Meyers, referring to wh\u0430t everyone s\u0430ys \u0430bout Jeremy.\n\n\n\n\t\n\n\t\n\n\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\tRe\u0430d \u0430rticle\n\n\t\n\nThe hit HBO dr\u0430m\u0430 st\u0430rs Cox \u0430nd Strong \u0430s Log\u0430n \u0430nd Kend\u0430ll Roy, respectively. Both \u0430ctors h\u0430ve been recognized for their work in Succession, with Cox winning \u0430 Golden Globe \u0430nd Strong winning \u0430n Emmy in 2020. At the Golden Globes 2022 ceremony in e\u0430rly J\u0430nu\u0430ry, the l\u0430tter won Best Television Actor \u2014 Dr\u0430m\u0430 Series.