Brian Cox Turned Down A Game Of Thrones Role And Massively Regrets It


Brian Cox has revealed that he turned down a big role on ‘Game of Thrones’… and now he’s kicking himself.

The 'Bourne Supremacy’ star also admitted that, sadly, it was not for artistic reasons, but because of the terrible money the show paid when it started out.

To make matters worse, he’s now a 'complete addict’ of the show.

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“Stupidly, I turned it down in the early days because they didn’t pay enough money,” he told the Vodzilla website.

“Now they have more money. And I was silly. I was silly, it was silly, because I’m a complete addict now. But I don’t know what I could play.”

Joking, he added: “I just watched my friend Ian McShane and I thought, ‘Ooh, Ian’s in it’, so I settled down to watch him. And I thought, ‘Ian did that?’ and immediately I thought, ‘God, they must have paid him well’, because I know Ian!”


“And there was Max von Sydow doing that character that he did, so in a way, it’s attracting certain people who do film, and, of course, I’ve got friends like Clive Russell and Liam Cunningham and Charlie Dance is an old pal, being in it, and they had a great time in it.”

Veteran star Cox, who’s also appeared in movies like 'Rushmore’ and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, had much to say too about the benchmark battle scene in the penultimate episode of the HBO fantasy series, 'Battle of the Bastards’.

“Now I know what they spend on it, in terms of the visual aspect of it… Last week’s episode was phenomenal,” he said.


“If you think of The Hobbit or you think of The Lord of the Rings, the battle sequence in Game of Thrones was a lot more modest, but much more brilliant than any of the battle sequences in any of those movies and all those kind of CGI characters doing their bit, whereas this was real people.

“I mean, the CGI was just brilliantly done and clearly there was a bit of green screen, but it’s astonishing. For television, it is truly astonishing.”

“I’m still waiting for the call for Game of Thrones and if they’ve got more decent money, I’ll be there!” he added.

As for which character he was originally up for, however, he did not say…

Image credits: AP/HBO