Brian Cox refused to star in Game of Thrones as Robert Baratheon over being being “gored by a boar”
For Brian Cox, “Succession” is already one of the most popular HBO dramas of all time, but the opportunity to star in “Game of Thrones” would have been even better.
Actor Brian Cox turned down the role of King Robert Baratheon in HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” when it was offered to him. Mark Addy from Cox’s home country was chosen for the role.
“Game of Thrones is a popular show, so it’s only natural that I was asked if I was offered a role in it. The answer is yes, I was meant to play a king named Robert Baratheon, who reportedly perished in the first season after being gored by a boar,” Cox said.
“As a result of my lack of familiarity with the show Game of Thrones, I’m unable to comment on whether or not he was a significant character. I also refuse to look him up just to be safe.”
“Why? That series went on to be a massive success and everyone involved made huge amount of money, of course,” Cox went on to say.
“However, the money was not all that great when it was first presented. To top it all off, my character would be killed off early on in the show, so I wouldn’t have benefited from the rising pay that comes with the popular seasons. And Mark Addy got gored by a boar instead.”
Also, Cox noted, “I turned my nose up at the Governor’s position in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean franchise,’ a character that was subsequently portrayed by Jonathan Pryce.” “Pirates” would have been Cox’s second franchise after “X2: X-Men United,” which saw him play William Stryker.
In his memoir, Cox laments, “I fear I smudged my copybook by turning down the Governor.” The director of “Pirates” was Gore Verbinski, with whom he had previously collaborated on “The Ring.”
This was a lucrative opportunity, but it was one of the most unappreciated roles I had ever seen, and I would have ended up playing it for a long time and missing out on all the good things I’ve done in my career.
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