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In the piece, Strong spoke to the great lengths he will go to embody a character, sometimes to the dismay and annoyance of his castmates. (“I take him as seriously as I take my own life,” the actor told the New Yorker of his Succession character, Kendall Roy.) In the same profile, Cox noted his worry about Strong’s total immersion into the deeply flawed and damaged Kendall. He reiterated those concerns to Meyers.
“The thing about Jeremy’s approach is it works in terms of what comes out the other end,” Cox told Meyers. “My problem — and, it’s not a problem, I don’t have a problem with Jeremy because he’s delightful. … He’s an extraordinary dad. He’s a pretty unique individual. But, he does get obsessed with the work. And I worry about what it does to him, because if you can’t separate yourself — because you’re dealing with all of this material every day. You can’t live in it. Eventually, you get worn out.”
Cox pointed to another brilliant, multiple Oscar-winning actor to make his point. “Like, to me, Daniel Day-Lewis got worn out at 55 and decided to retire because [he] couldn’t go on doing that every day,” Cox said. “It’s too consuming. And I do worry about it. But the result — what everyone says about Jeremy — the result is always extraordinary and excellent.”
Watch the full interview below.
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