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In one section of his memoir, Cox recounted how he turned down the role of the Governor in Depp’s Pirates Of The Caribbean, which eventually went to Jonathan Pryce.
The 75-year-old went on to criticize Depp as being ‘overrated’ which hit headlines in October last year.
Change of heart: Succession star Brian Cox backtracks after slamming Johnny Depp in his memoir: ‘I really do not disrespect anybody involved in this profession’
Yet, in a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment the actor appears to want to smooth things over.
“What certain people accused me of was my lack of respect, and I really do not disrespect anybody involved in this profession because I know how difficult it is,’ Cox said.
The Scottish actor was referring to the many loyal fans of Depp who leapt to his defense after Cox made his damning remarks.
Telling it like it is: Brian Cox, 75, is flush with criticisms of Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino and others in his memoir Putting A Rabbit In The Hat, which was excerpted by The Big Issue; seen in 2019 in London
Ouch! ‘I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face makeup, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t,’ he writes
‘Now, I may have reservations about their talent, but I certainly don’t disrespect them. And my reservations about Johnny Depp are minimal — absolutely minimal.’
‘ You know, I do think he’s sometimes overblown, but I actually think he’s also done some considerable work. Some of his work has really been extraordinarily good.’
In the book, Cox seethes about how ‘overrated’ he finds Depp.
‘Personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,’ Cox complained.
‘I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face makeup, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t,’ he writes.
The Manhunter actor also got in a dig about Depp’s more recent, less-acclaimed work.
‘And subsequently, he’s done even less,’ he added.
Cox also had harsh words for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood writer and director Quentin Tarantino.
Trash talk: Succession star Brian Cox is walking back on his fiery comments, after he slammed actor Johnny Depp in her memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat
‘I find his work meretricious. It’s all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth. Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction,’ he shared.
Considering his dislike for Tarantino’s style, Cox has never worked for the filmmaker, though he wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to the paycheck if the opportunity ever presented itself.
‘That said, if the phone rang, I’d do it,’ he added.
Cox was even more lacerating when it came to action star Steven Seagal, whom he acted opposite on his 1996 police thriller The Glimmer Man.
He didn’t care for Seagal’s ‘studied serenity,’ which he though just came off as ‘ludicrous.’
‘Steven Seagal is as ludicrous in real life as he appears on screen,’ he writes. ‘He radiates a studied serenity, as though he’s on a higher plane to the rest of us, and while he’s certainly on a different plane, no doubt about that, it’s probably not a higher one.’