Brian Cox has mustered up an illustrious career as an actor by making his mark in film, theater and, most recently, the hit HBO television series .
And in his new memoir, Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, the 75-year-old thespian details his journey as a working class lad from Scotland to a Hollywood star.
And on Friday, Cox slipped into promo mode and attended a launch event for the book at 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in .
Promo mode: Brain Cox, 75, attended a launch event on Friday for his new memoir – Putting the Rabbit In The Hat – at 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York City
Ahead of the discussion, Cox hit the red carpet in brown slacks, a navy blue blazer over a blue-pattered shirt and tie, with brown shoes.
At one point, he posed for the cameras while holding up a copy of his memoir, which includes the details on why he turned down some famous roles in Game Of Thrones and the Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises.
Journalist Jessica Shaw also joined the celebrated actor for a few photos together, decked out in a shiny, off-white dress, which was worn over a black blouse, and black leather boots, with a lift.
Acclaimed: The Scottish actor detailed his celebrated career, which includes over 230 film and TV roles dating back to 1965, during the discussion portion of the event
Launch event: Ahead of time, the Succession star hit the red carpet in brown slacks, a navy blue blazer over a blue-pattered shirt and tie, with brown shoes.
Sharing the spotlight: Cox posed alongside journalist Jessica Shaw ahead of the discussion portion of the event
The memoir officially dropped three days earlier, on January 18.
In it, he talks about some of the 230 film and TV roles he has accumulated during his career that spans more than 55 years.
He also dishes on why he turned down some very famous roles like King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, who would ultimately be played by Mark Addy.
The Dundee, Scotland native had previously worked with Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff on the 2002 movie The 25th Hour.
‘I’m often asked if I was offered a role in Game of Thrones – reason being that every other bugger was – and the answer is, yes, I was supposed to be a king called Robert Baratheon, who apparently died when he was gored by a boar in the first season,’ Cox said.
Available now: Cox’s memoir – Putting The Rabbit In The Hat – officially dropped on January 18
Turned down: The celebrated actor, with over 230 film and TV roles to his credit over more than 55 years, reveals that he turned down some famous roles, like Game Of Thrones, because the money wasn’t that great; pictured in 2021
Bashing: Cox also revealed he turned down roles in the Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, and bashed the acting chops of Pirates star Johnny Depp; Depp pictured in 2021
Cox confessed to knowing ‘very little about Game of Thrones’ and that he turned the role down because the money wasn’t that great.
‘Well, Game of Thrones went on to be a huge success and everybody involved earned an absolute fortune, of course. But when it was originally offered the money was not all that great, shall we say say,’ Cox explained.
‘Plus I was going to be killed off fairly early on, so I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful series where your wages go up with each passing season. So I passed on it, and Mark Addy was gored by the boar instead,’ he said, adding, ‘I lied. I did google it.’
No thanks: Cox was offered the role of King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, who would ultimately be played by Mark Addy
Money: The actor confessed to knowing ‘very little about Game of Thrones’ and that he turned the role down because the money wasn’t that great
He also shares how the lack of good paying roles is ‘par for the course’ and that ‘there’s always been a tendency for American productions to treat British actors differently from American actors, and hire with lesser pay.
The actor revealed that he always gets asked about ‘Harry f***ing Potter.’ It turns out he was up for the role of Mad Eye Moody, Brindes Personalizados which ultimately went to Brendan Gleeson.
‘I think someone had a burning cross held up for me not to be in Harry Potter, because all my pals were in it. I think the part I might have played was the one that Brendan Gleeson got, Mad-Eye Moody, but Brendan was more in fashion than I was at that point, and that’s very much the way of the world in my business, so he got it. Also, he’s much better than I would have been,’ Cox candidly shared.