‘So overrated’ Johnny Depp slammed by Succession’s Brian Cox in brutal swipe

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Succession actor Brian Cox, 75, has not held back as he called out famous Hollywood faces in his new memoir, including Johnny Depp, 58, and Quentin Tarantino, 58. In his autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, the star shares his thoughts on some of his co-stars and others in the industry.

The veteran actor’s character, Logan Roy in Succession, is a media mogul who is not shy in expressing his feelings.

It now appears that Brian has followed suit as he gave his verdict on a number of A-listers.

During his decades in the industry, the filmstar has crossed paths with a number of popular faces.

However, the acting legend has shared that he wouldn’t be surprised if he does not “hear from some people again”.

In excerpts from his book shared on yesterday by The Big Issue, Brian took aim at a long list of prominent figures.

In his memoir, the actor recalled how he turned down the role of the governor in Johnny’s Pirates of the Caribbean, which eventually went to Jonathan Pryce.

“Personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,” Brian complained of Jack Sparrow star Johnny.

“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 wrote.

The Manhunter actor also took aim at Johnny’s less-acclaimed work.

“And subsequently, he’s done even less,” he added.

Brian also had some choice words for Pulp Fiction writer and director Quentin Tarantino.

He shared: “I find his work meretricious. It’s all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth.

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“Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction.”

But the actor later added he would not turn down the opportunity for a paycheck if he got the call from Tarantino.

“That said, if the phone rang, I’d do it,” he added.

But the actor did have some kind words for other high-profile figures within the entertainment industry.

He described the late actor Alan Rickman as “one of the sweetest, kindest, nicest and most incredibly smart men I’ve ever met”.

Brian added: “Prior to acting he’d been a graphic designer and he brought the considered, laser-like precision of that profession to his work.”

The actor also praised Morgan Freeman branding him an “absolute gentleman”, after he kept his cool during a difficult shoot.

He added he was the “Morgan Freeman you would hope to meet. The Morgan Freeman you encounter in your dreams”.

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