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Brian Cox says he was 'agog' at how 'beautiful' Brad Pitt was when they worked together on Troy


Brian Cox has admitted he was left ‘agog’ at Brad Pitt’s smoldering good looks when they worked together on Troy.

‘I mean I’m straight, you know, but I just thought: “Wow! My God, this guy is stunning,”‘ Brian, 75, revealed during a new video interview with Vanity Fair. 

The 2004 movie told the story of the Trojan War, with Brian playing the invading king Agamemnon and Brad as the peerless fighter Achilles.

Letting it out: Brian Cox has admitted he was left 'agog' at Brad Pitt's smoldering good looks when they worked together on Troy

Letting it out: Brian Cox has admitted he was left ‘agog’ at Brad Pitt’s smoldering good looks when they worked together on Troy

Brad in Troy: 'I mean I'm straight, you know, but I just thought: "Wow! My God, this guy is stunning,"' Brian, 75, revealed during a new video interview with Vanity Fair

Brad in Troy: ‘I mean I’m straight, you know, but I just thought: “Wow! My God, this guy is stunning,”‘ Brian, 75, revealed during a new video interview with Vanity Fair

‘You know I remember one point you know, just kind of being agog at, you know, at Brad, because you know, he’d never been in costumes like that,’ he said.

Brad spent the movie in flesh-flashing armor that allowed him to show off his statuesque figure to sizzling advantage.

Brian quipped that other members of the cast were used to such attire as: ‘If we’d done the classical theater, we’re always without pants, you know?’

The Succession star remembered that ‘Brad walked on and my jaw was down because he was so stunningly beautiful. I mean I’m straight, you know, but I just thought: “Wow! My God, this guy is stunning. What chance does one have on the screen with this beautiful, beautiful man?”‘

Who's who: Troy told the story of the Trojan War, with Brian playing the invading king Agamemnon (pictured) and Brad as the peerless fighter Achilles

Who’s who: Troy told the story of the Trojan War, with Brian playing the invading king Agamemnon (pictured) and Brad as the peerless fighter Achilles

Heartthrob: 'You know I remember one point you know, just kind of being agog at, you know, at Brad, because you know, he'd never been in costumes like that,' Brian said

Heartthrob: ‘You know I remember one point you know, just kind of being agog at, you know, at Brad, because you know, he’d never been in costumes like that,’ Brian said

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the movie boasted a star-studded cast that included Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana.

Brian referred to Agamemnon as ‘the only part I’ve ever pursued. I’ve never pursued anything. I’ve always allowed it to fall out the way it fell out. But I knew the part was available and I knew that I was dead right for the role of Agamemnon.’

He even ‘volunteered to fly myself to London to meet Wolfgang Petersen. I think it’d been offered, the part had been offered to Ben Kingsley. And I had this meeting and it went incredibly well. I got the role.’

Brian has been promoting the US publication of his gossipy new memoir Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, which was released in the UK last year. 

When you got it: Brad spent the movie in flesh-flashing armor that allowed him to show off his statuesque figure to sizzling advantage

When you got it: Brad spent the movie in flesh-flashing armor that allowed him to show off his statuesque figure to sizzling advantage

'This beautiful, beautiful man': The Succession star remembered that 'Brad walked on and my jaw was down because he was so stunningly beautiful'

‘This beautiful, beautiful man’: The Succession star remembered that ‘Brad walked on and my jaw was down because he was so stunningly beautiful’

The book contains a candid quote about his Succession co-star Jeremy Strong, who plays Logan’s troubled, pompous son Kendall.

Jeremy was widely mocked recently after a New Yorker profile portrayed him as being humorless and full of himself, especially in his dedication to Method acting. 

‘I’ll put up with anything as long as the result is good. For example, Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall in Succession,’ Brian wrote in his own book. 

‘I don’t always agree with him regarding the way he prepares or the way he does things, but his “process” is his business. It’s nothing to do with me; as long as it never gets in the way when we actually play the scene then that’s fine, and, as it happens, it’s always great,’ he added kindly.

New work: Brian has been promoting the US publication of his gossipy new memoir Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, which was released in the UK last year

New work: Brian has been promoting the US publication of his gossipy new memoir Putting The Rabbit In The Hat, which was released in the UK last year

He was rather less diplomatic about other celebs, including his onetime co-star Steven Seagal whom he called ‘as ludicrous in real life as he appears on screen.’ 

Johnny Depp meanwhile was taken to task for being ‘so overblown, so overrated,’ with Brian adding: ‘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.’

Brian subsequently softened his position, telling Yahoo! that ‘I really do not disrespect anybody involved in this profession because I know how difficult it is. Now, I may have reservations about their talent, but I certainly don’t disrespect them. And my reservations about Johnny Depp are minimal – absolutely minimal.

‘You know, I do think he’s sometimes overblown, but I actually think he’s also done some considerable work. Some of his work has really been extraordinarily good.’

'Overrated': Brian wrote of Johnny Depp in 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'

‘Overrated’: Brian wrote of Johnny Depp in 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’

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