Brian Cox new book, “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat” was released on 26th October 2021. It has been making news because of his brutally honest opinions about his co-stars and other celebrities, like Quentin Tarantino and Johnny Depp. It’s his autobiography, where he details his tough childhood, and further journey as a teenager and an actor in Hollywood.
Criticism of Celebrities Quentin Tarantino and Johnny Depp
In the book, he shares very honest criticism and also praises his co-workers. One of the important highlights of the book is his criticism of Johnny Depp, where he says, he is the most overrated actor in Hollywood. Brian Cox criticized Johnny Depp’s acting skills and said that it’s just a lot of make-up for different roles, but he does very little acting for the roles.
Brian also criticized Quentin Tarantino, which wouldn’t go down well with Tarantino’s die-hard fans. Also, Brian says Tarantino’s work is meretricious and very superficial. He walked out of the Pulp Fiction movie. In his movies have plot mechanics in place of depth, and style in place of substance. Even though he criticized him, he said he would still work with him, as almost all his movies are successful, and actors love to work with him.
Brian had praises for his co-stars Keanu Reaves, and Morgan Freeman. About Morgan Freeman, Brian says, he has gotten rather good in acting over the years. Also that he was an absolute gentleman in the face of adversity. At the very beginning of the book, he starts jokingly, making fun of his co-star Steven Segal. He says that Stevan Segal is like Donald Trump, who thinks he is smart, more than he actually is.
Talking about Alan Rickman, he says,” one of the sweetest, nicest, kindest and incredibly smart men, I have ever seen .”
Brian Cox Tough Childhood
Talking about his childhood, he mentions that his father had a shop and his mother wanted to go to London and get a job there. He says that his father very good relation with his customers, he was empathetic to them, during the great depression. He was very popular among people, and when he died, more than 200 people gathered to mourn his death.
After his father’s death, they were bankrupt. His mother’s physical and mental health started deteriorating. And she was admitted to a mental hospital where she was treated with electric shocks. After his father’s and mother’s death, his three sisters took care of him. He also remembers getting lost, following his father, two streets away from his home, and shitting in his pants, when he was three years old.
Brian Cox is popularly known for his roles as Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter and his lead role in the TV series Succession. He received the Golden Globes Award for his role in “Succession” and Emmy Award for “Nuremberg”.