A pirate’s life was not for him. Before his award-winning role on Succession, Brian Cox turned down a role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — because he didn’t want to work with Johnny Depp.The actor, 75, revealed in a passage from his upcoming memoir, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat, that he was offered the part of the governor in the first Pirates film, a role that eventually went to Jonathan Pryce. “It would have been a money-spinner, but of all the parts in that film it was the most thankless, 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 explained, via an excerpt in GQ.However, there was one more reason why Cox decided to pass on the franchise — namely, his would-be costar, Depp, 58. “Another thing with [Pirates of the Caribbean] is that it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show, and Depp, personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,” he wrote.Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in five films, beginning in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl, and most recently, in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales.
A prequel film based on the character has been in the works since 2018, and though the studio announced plans to recast the role with a younger actor, many fans have petitioned to have Depp return as Jack Sparrow in the future.The HBO star has never been one to hold back his thoughts about his fellow actors.
In December 2021, Cox even shared his concerns about costar Jeremy Strong‘s intense method acting. “The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty tremendous.Read more on usmagazine.com