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Brian Cox Regrets Calling Johnny Depp ‘Overrated’: ‘I Was Harsh’

During an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, Brian Cox expressed some regret over calling Johnny Depp “overrated” and “overblown” in his recently released memoir “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat.” Cox revealed in the book that he turned down a role in “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise because he was being offered “the most thankless [role].” The “Succession” actor added he was somewhat relieved he turned down “Pirates” because “it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show.”

“I just thought I was being a bit harsh,” Cox told Kimmel about criticizing Depp in his memoir. “You know what it’s like, you go for the easy joke. And I went for the easy joke. That was what happened, and I sort of regretted it. Because I’m not like that normally; I was just being a bit glib, a bit flip.”

When asked by Kimmel if actors generally think they’re overrated, Cox responded, “I think they do. I think a lot of times actors think they’re overrated, and some think they’re underrated,” he said. “Let’s put it this way: Most of them think they’re not rated at all.”

Cox was reportedly offered the role of Governor Swann, played by Jonathan Pryce in the films. Signing up for “Pirates” would’ve reunited Cox with his “The Ring” director Gore Verbinski.

“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 writes in his memoir. “Another thing with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is that it’s very much the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ show, and Depp, personable though I’m sure he is, is so overblown, so overrated,”

Cox 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. But people love him. Or they did love him. They don’t love him so much these days, of course.”

“Putting the Rabbit in the Hat” is now available for purchase.

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