This week, we had the privilege of sitting down with Scottish actor Brian Cox to discuss his new film, Churchill.
The wartime British PM is just one of a number of notable roles in the prolific and versatile actor’s filmography. He’s played Stalin, Victor Hugo, Hannibal Lecter and X-Men’s William Stryker, to name but a few. Cox has also worked with some of the best filmmakers in the business, including Michael Mann, Spike Lee and David Fincher. So we had to ask: how does he choose his projects and is there a particular director he’d love to work with?
“It’s the next kid on the block,” he says. “I’ve been very lucky working with people at the beginning [of their careers], like Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and Rupert Wyatt. I’ve been very blessed in that way. There’s also a wonderful Icelandic director, Dagur Kari, and this fantastic Norwegian director, André Øvredal, who I just did a film with called The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a really scary movie – he’s such a great director.
“So these are the guys – and gals, I’d actually like to work with more women but there’s just not enough coming through – that I want to work with. I’m not thinking, ‘I’d love to work with Martin Scorsese’. I wouldn’t mind working with him but I’m more interested in the fresh talent, the people who come in from a different angle and contribute so much – and at the beginning of a career, the beginning of a path.
“That’s what really appeals to me as an actor. It’s the thing that’s kept me in the moment. Sometimes you can meet a young director and they can be a pain in the arse. But a lot of the time they have something unique to say, and that’s wonderful.”