He's never been one to keep his opinions about his fellow actors to himself.
In his new book, “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat,” which will be released on January 18, Brian Cox doesn’t mince words as he lambastes a number of celebrities, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor Johnny Depp.
According to him, he was approached for the role of governor in the first Pirates film, which was finally given to Jonathan Pryce. By excerpting an interview with GQ, Cox noted, “It would have been a money-spinner, but of all the parts in that film it was the most thankless, plus I would have ended up doing it for film after film and missed out on all the other nice things I’ve done.”
Cox opted to pass on the franchise for another reason: his 58-year-old would-be costar, Johnny Depp. “Another thing with [Pirates of the Caribbean] is that it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show,” and subsequently branded him as “so overblown, so overrated.”
He then added, “I mean, ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s done even less.”
In addition to Johnny Depp, it was also a tirade against Edward Norton, whom he described as “a nice lad but a bit of a pain in the arse because he fancies himself as a writer-director,” before.
Reactions to Brian Cox Turned Down "Pirates of the Caribbean" Due To Johnny Depp's Casting
brian cox's favorite part of awards season is reminding everyone he fucking hates johnny depp— ivy (@gnarowlandwhore) January 14, 2022
Brian Cox, put your #JohnnyDepp jealousy in a closet with your unsold books and take a step back. If you've made bad choices in your career, that's no reason to spit your jealousy and malice over the success of Johnny, who, by the way, is adored by audiences around the world. https://t.co/OlSLOgDxsf pic.twitter.com/vfLxd49226— 🍩🦙🦙🦙🍉M.G. Warrior Of Johnny Depp ⚖Wald-Mignon (@mg_violette) January 15, 2022