Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin in "Succession"

Kieran Culkin felt like he was seven playing opposite Brian Cox in ‘Succession’: he’s a ‘scary kid’

Kieran Culkin felt like a ‘baby’ during the filming of ‘Succession’.

The former child star admitted during Actors of Variety on actors with Claire Danes playing Roman Roy in “Succession” opposite Brian Cox’s patriarch, Logan Roy, made him feel like he was seven again.

“I realize I’m doing this right now for some reason,” Culkin said. “Every time I have to shoot with Brian, he’s like, ‘Dad, I feel like I’m seven years old.’ He can be a scary guy. Not for me: I can get close to him as an adult. But for whatever reason, in character, I feel like I’ve had seven years with him.

Culkin added that filming the strained Roman-Logan relationship made the series more meta, especially filming Episode 2.

“The way the second episode ends with Roman’s invitation – it seems like Roman is actually going to go with dad and go against the brothers. But it’s kind of a fence,” Culkin said. “The way the episode starts, with Dad calling Roman and saying, ‘You need to fire Gerri,’ I feel like Roman feels like he’s having the worst day of his life. his professional life, and possibly one of the worst days of his life.He has no idea how bad it will get.

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Culkin revealed that “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong shared that Logan Roy would die early in the fourth and final season, but still set up some possible threads for a fifth season if the show were to continue beyond the shocking series finale. .

“He told me what’s up with Logan and I asked him to take everything apart. And he explained the entire season to me. And then when he got to the end, I was like, ‘Well, it looks like this is the end of the show,’” Culkin recalled. “And he says, ‘Yeah, he does, right? Although… ‘And then he just started talking about all these different ideas off the top of his head. And then he just launched an incredible fifth season and then another and another.

Culkin summed up: “He felt the story was complete, and creatively it was? He says, ‘I feel it’s complete.’ I feel like he’s satisfied as a writer.

Culkin’s co-star Cox took to Instagram to call “Succession” the “greatest work experience ever” during his decade-long career. “The harmony between crew and cast was truly amazing,” wrote Cox. “It was going to be a great series, but the love and commitment of the crew, cast and writers made it memorable. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all of us who worked on the making and creation of this show.”