Brian Cox has admitted he was stunned by Brad Pitt’s smoldering good looks while working on Troy together.
“I mean, I’m straight, you know, but I was just like, ‘Wow! My god this guy is amazing,” revealed Brian, 75, during a new video interview with vanity fair.
The 2004 film told the story of the Trojan War, with Brian playing the invading King Agamemnon and Brad playing the incomparable warrior Achilles.
Let it out: Brian Cox has admitted he was “stirred up” by Brad Pitt’s smoldering good looks when they worked together on Troy
Brad in Troy: “I mean, I’m straight, you know, but I was just like, ‘Wow! My god, this guy is gorgeous,” revealed Brian, 75, during a new video interview with Vanity Fair
“You know, I remember one point, you know, I was just excited about Brad because you know he had never worn costumes like that,” he said.
Brad spent the film in flesh flashing armor which allowed him to show off his statuesque physique.
Brian joked that other members of the cast were used to such attire like, “If we were doing classical theater we would always be without pants, you know?”
The Succession star recalled that “Brad walked on and my jaw dropped because he was so stunningly beautiful. I mean, I’m straight, you know, but I was just like, ‘Wow! My god, this guy is amazing. What chance do you have on screen with this beautiful, beautiful man?”
Who’s Who: Troy narrated the tale of the Trojan War, with Brian playing the invading King Agamemnon (pictured) and Brad playing the incomparable warrior Achilles
Heartthrob: “You know, I remember one point, you know, I was just kind of upset with Brad because you know he’s never worn costumes like that,” Brian said
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the film had a star-studded cast including Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana.
Brian called Agamemnon “the only role I’ve ever pursued. I never tracked anything. I always let it fall out the way it fell out. But I knew the role was available, and I knew I was the right person for the role of Agamemnon.”
He even agreed to fly to London himself to meet Wolfgang Petersen. I think it was offered, the role had been offered to Ben Kingsley. And I had this meeting and it went incredibly well. I got the part.”
Brian has been promoting the US release of his gossipy new memoir Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, which was released in the UK last year.
If you get it: Brad spent the film in flesh flashing armor, which allowed him to show off his statuesque physique
‘That beautiful, beautiful man’: The Succession star recalled that ‘Brad walked on and my jaw dropped because he was so stunningly beautiful’
The book includes a candid quote about his Succession co-star Jeremy Strong, who plays Logan’s troubled, pompous son, Kendall.
Jeremy has recently been widely mocked after a New Yorker Profil portrayed him as humorless and full of himself, particularly in his devotion to Method acting.
“I accept everything as long as the result is good. For example Jeremy Strong who plays Kendall in Succession,” Brian wrote in his own book.
“I don’t always agree with him about the way he prepares or the way he does things, but his ‘process’ is his own. It has nothing to do with me; as long as it never bothers us when we’re actually playing the scene, that’s fine, and incidentally, it’s always great,” he added kindly.
New work: Brian has been promoting the US release of his gossipy new memoir Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, which was released in the UK last year
He’s been less than diplomatic towards other celebs, including his former co-star Steven Seagal, whom he called “just as ridiculous in real life as he is on screen.”
Johnny Depp, meanwhile, was slammed for being “so over the top, so overrated,” and Brian added, “I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you show up with hands like this and pale scarface makeup, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And after that he did even less.’
Brian then softened his position and told the story Yahoo! that “I really don’t disrespect anyone who is in this profession because I know how difficult it is. Well, I may have reservations about her talent, but I certainly don’t disregard her. And my reservations about Johnny Depp are minimal – absolutely minimal.
“You know, I think he’s overdone at times, but I actually think he’s done some work too. Some of his work was really exceptionally good.”
‘Overrated’: Brian wrote of Johnny Depp in ‘Edward Scissorhands’: “Let’s face it, if you’re made up with hands like that and a pale, scarred face, you don’t have to do anything.”