Brian Cox - He's everywhere!

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  1. Matt Pelham

    Matt Pelham Screenwriter

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    Good Lord, it seems like every single recent movie I watch has Brian Cox in it. Is it just me, or is he getting a lot more roles in high profile movies all of the sudden? Don't get me wrong, he's a great actor, but what's with the sudden "Tommy Lee Jones Syndrome"?
     
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    I don't know but the man was absolutely brilliant in L.I.E IMHO.
     
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    Yeah and he used to be a Dolphin too. [​IMG]
     
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    That's so funny. I was thinking the same thing recently. I was watching something or other (I think, The Bourne Identity) and he came on screen and I thought "Damn, there he is again!".

    Still, at least it's not Pauly Shore...
     
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    He's the "flavor of the month" among middle-aged British character actors at the moment, and he's taking full advantage of it. This happens with British actors on these shores--David Thewlis, Tim Roth and Robert Carlyle cycled in and out of town, picking up paychecks, and now we're seeing more of an older generation: Cox, Tom Wilkinson, and Jim Broadbent.

    Part of the reason, I think, is that they work cheaper than their US counterparts. Then their prices rise, and--poof--they're back on the telly or onstage in their native land. The reverse rarely happens, unless there's a US actor--like, say, Joe Don Baker--that there's no "type" of in England. He was working there quite a bit in the 80s, including a Bond film or two.

    The danger, of course, is overexposure. I interviewed the US character actor Philip Baker Hall in the midst of his career takeoff a couple of years ago and he said he was cooling it, on the advice of his agent. You can't blame them for going for the gold: mid-range actors don't make a lot, comparatively speaking, so they strike when the iron is hot.
     
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    And yet he's still showing up in bit parts here and there, most lately in The Sum of All Fears. He needs another Sydney, and soon.
    Jason
     

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