Brian Cox had no intention of tackling a meaty character like Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society.” He’d moved away from big theater roles to focus on parts in movies and television, most prominently HBO’s “Succession,” on which he plays Logan Roy, the founder of a media empire.
“At my age,” says Cox, 73, “I should be watching the daisies grow.”
He signed on to do a staged reading of “The Great Society” for “a nice fee,” but it went so well, director Bill Rauch approached him about doing a full-scale production.
Cox hadn’t played such a gigantic role since he did King Lear, nearly 30 years ago. Though terrified, he said yes, and hired an old dresser friend to “beat the lines into me.” And then something “bizarre” happened: “My old self, the young man who could do these parts, sat on my shoulder and said, ‘You’ll be all right.’ And the muscle memory came back. I thought it had gone, but it had not.” To read more, click here.