“I would have played him much better than Joaquin Phoenix”: this star didn’t like Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and says it clearly! – Cinema News

“I would have played him much better than Joaquin Phoenix”: this star didn’t like Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and says it clearly! – Cinema News
“I would have played him much better than Joaquin Phoenix”: this star didn’t like Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and says it clearly! – Cinema News

We know that Brian Cox never hesitates to say his thoughts out loud: the star of “Succession” strongly criticized Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in “Napoleon”. But not only.

No one was safe from Brian Cox’s anger during a HistFest conference, a history festival which took place on April 14. The Succession star launched into a tirade about films, actors and theater critics, among other things.

The first target on his list: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon: “Terrible. It’s terrible. A truly terrible performance from Joaquin Phoenix. It’s truly terrible. I don’t know what he was thinking. I think it’s totally his fault and I don’t think Ridley Scott is helping him. I would have played him much better than Joaquin Phoenix, I tell you. You can say it’s a good drama. No, these are lies.

He subsequently outbid himself, playing on words with the first name of the Oscar-winning actor from Joker: “I think it lives up to its name. Joaquin…Whackeen…Whacky” [jouant sur la prononciation de Joaquin et le mot “whacky” qui signifie “délirant” ou “déjanté”, NDLR]. It’s kind of a farcical performance.

Brian Cox also mentioned the loss of historical accuracy in favor of good drama, using the cult Braveheart (1995) by and starring Mel Gibson as an example.

Braveheart is a bunch of nonsense“, did he declare. “Mel Gibson was wonderful but that’s a bunch of lies. He never got the French princess pregnant. This movie is bullshit.

Theater and Method

The veteran Troy actor is currently performing in the West End on Broadway where he plays the title role in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theater. He was also not very satisfied with theater critics, who tried to compare his role on stage with his role in Succession.

It’s stupid! Why make this comparison? It’s so obvious”he lamented. “Most of the criticism is stupid. They really are. Theater criticism has fallen by the wayside. You think of those wonderful critics of the past, there’s no one to match them now. Because they don’t do their homework.

Brian Cox then gave his opinion on the famous “method acting”, the Stanislavski Method, this acting technique which requires actors to dive deeply into their role by developing a personal link with the character they embody thanks to their experiences and emotions personal – some even going so far as to live in the skin of their character outside of the stage or filming.

Oh no, that’s bullshit. This is nonsense. We are transmitters. That’s who we are as actors. We transmit energy.

According to him, it is less important to behave like the characters he plays in his free time, and it is much more worth doing the research: “You must do your homework”, he clarified. “That’s the nice thing, the information you get because you read all about Churchill and you get an idea of ​​who this person was.

If you can’t go see him on stage in New York – unless you’re in the area –, Brian Cox will soon be found on two streaming platforms: on Paramount+ in the comedy Little Wing by Dean Israelite, alongside Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone) and Brooklynn Prince (Home Before Dark), as well as on Netflix in the next film by Joe and Anthony Russo, The Electric State, an adaptation of the graphic novel Tales from the Loop by Simon Stålenhag which will feature Millie Bobby Brown, Chris Pratt, Michelle Yeoh and even Stanley Tucci.

In the meantime, we can always rewatch his exceptional performance in Succession, all 4 seasons of which are available for streaming on Prime Video via the Warner Pass.

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