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'Succession' Star Brian Cox Just Gave His Opinion Of Fox News—And He Didn't Hold Back

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Brian Cox knows a thing or two about Fox News.

Cox has played Logan Roy, the billionaire founder of media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, on HBO's hit series Succession since 2018. The character of Logan Roy is heavily inspired by Rupert Murdoch, the billionare founder of Fox News.

It's safe to say Cox's portrayal isn't necessarily a flattering one, not that that's stopped Cox, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Miniseries and has received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his work on the show.

Cox didn't hold back on his opinion of Fox News during an interview with CNBC ahead of Succession's Season 3 premiere.

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Cox made the sign of the cross when asked if playing Logan Roy has changed the way he reads the news:

"What's interesting about America is that it's so polarized."
"CNN is clearly the same story again and again and again and again and again and again and I love CNN because I'm really left-wing, so I go to it."
"And then Fox News... well, I don't even go there because that's like... the devil.

Cox then compared American media to media back home in the United Kingdom:

"It's so interesting because back in the U.K., there's more debate, there's more nuance in the news. It's not as cut and dry."
"But also, I understand where it's coming from because this country desperately needs alignment and so you can see why these channels have developed in the way they have."
"And from a Logan Roy point of view, that's how it should be and there's a market in it."
"That's why Fox News - that's why Murdoch has Fox News: Because there's a market for it."
"Whether he believes any of that nonsense is neither here nor there. But he just knows that it's good television. And I think this is what Logan understands."
"But I also am empathetic to the fact that we need this polarity in this country, we desperately need it because, you know, it's in such a bad state."

Many concurred with Cox's assessment.


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Cox is no stranger to playing antagnositic or morally ambiguous characters.

Although Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins has been widely identified with the character of Hannibal Lecter, Cox was the first actor to play the role, frightening viewers in 1986's Manhunter.

His other high profile roles include a pedophile in 2001's L.I.E. and Nazi politician Hermann Wilhelm Göring in 2000's Nuremberg, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Season 3 of Succession premiered Sunday. October 17.