Brian Cox On Why He Wasn't In Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter

Succession star and McDonald's spokesperson Brian Cox has a new memoir coming out, and it's filled with juicy details on some of the roles the Scottish actor didn't land over his lengthy career, including parts in Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter. An excerpt from the memoir was published by GQ.

Starting with Game of Thrones, Cox said he was supposed to play King Robert Baratheon, a part that ultimately went to Mark Addy. Cox said he passed on Game of Thrones because the money wasn't very good and the part was only for one season--fans will recall that Baratheon is killed in Season 1.

"Game of Thrones went on to be a huge success and everybody involved earned an absolute fortune, of course. But when it was originally offered the money was not all that great, shall we say say," Cox said. "Plus I was going to be killed off fairly early on, so I wouldn't have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful series where your wages go up with each passing season."

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