Two months ago, Brian Cox joined Cameo. As soon as I saw the news alert that it was there, I downloaded the app and placed an order hoping to receive a video of it.
And listen: Brian Cox is a brilliant actor with more than 230 film and television castings. Throughout his career, he has been into a great number of things, from unquestionable masterpieces (Horoscope(for cult classics)Super Soldiers) to Blockbuster Smash (The rise of Planet of the Apes(for pop culture institutions)The Simpsons(To the movies where Brad Pitt has long hair)Troy). But I didn’t mention any of those in my application. Because none of those were relevant to my own interests at that very moment.
My wife is a big fan of Succession. She, like many of us, finds it sharp, dramatic, witty, and often funny. Logan Roy, the character of Brian Cox and the father of the family at the heart of the series, is one of her favorite people in it. Which is why I applied for Cameo. I thought it would be a neat little gift (her birthday was only a week or so away at the time). Specifically, I thought it would be great for Brian Cox, if at all possible, to finish any message he felt she was sending with a copy of the phrase “fuck.” (He did, and she was very happy about it.)
“Fuck off” is the specific expression (and possibly the specific spirit as well) for Succession. It informs everything, whether it is a statement or as a feeling. The person you’re negotiating with presents you with an option that you feel is less than ideal? step away. The meeting is over and you want everyone to leave? step away. One of your children expresses an explicit set of feelings towards you? step away. It always works. It always suits her. So it is always said.
However, was a different two-word phrase that was done during the third season finale of Succession I somehow felt more magical, whole, deeper, even if in a fleeting sense (maybe because had a passing meaning). In the 52nd minute of the episode, after Kendall, Schiff, and Roman decide to leave their mother’s wedding and use a loophole in their parents’ divorce agreement to finally force Logan out of power at Waystar, Schiff calls Tom, her husband, and also the husband. Responsible for the news branch of the family’s multi-billion dollar company. She told him about their plan, then told him she wanted him to get involved (to use news channels to spread the news as quickly as possible), and then hung up. Tom stands in mind and is silent for a few moments, weighing and calculating everything he just heard.
While standing there, Greg, a 10-foot-tall gingerbread man who is also Tom’s best friend by chance, approaches. Before Tom can say anything, Greg starts telling Tom about how he and a woman have succeeded just a few steps away from the royal family. Tom lets Gregg talk, but he only half listens because he’s still spinning through the information Schiff just gave him. When Greg is finished, Tom realizes, and turns away from talking about the possibility of Greg becoming King of Luxembourg via a Countess. “Greg, listen,” he said, and then pulled out two chairs from a nearby table as he looked around to make sure no one was within earshot.
Greg is sitting. He can tell that something serious is going on, so he asks seriously, “What’s up?” Tom, speaking in very vague and deliberate terms, makes a suggestion to Greg: he tells Greg that a chain of events is about to happen, and implicitly suggests that they will affect Tom in some way. Then he leans slightly, looks Greg in the eye, and, quite honestly, asks, “So, um, do you want to come with me?” Then he waits for a moment.
Greg rightly asks for more information, but Tom denies it. Tom won’t say what’s going on. Tom I can not Say. Greg hesitates, saying he has other options that might be better, if only because he knows at least what those options actually are. And so Tom leans forward, asking again in complete sincerity, “Who raised you in this damned family?” It’s a statement that resonates with Greg, who watched from afar as Father Roy and Roy siblings repeatedly tried to rip arms and legs apart during the power battle at the wheel of the family business.
Greg and Tom keep moving back and forth—Tom never reveals any information, and Greg begs for any clarification he can get. Eventually, after Tom has finished making his argument (which is basically “trust me your whole life”), when he senses that Greg is starting to ripen on the line, he puts the hook: “Listen,” he says, peeking at his watch. , but not in a way that feels like he’s ignoring Greg, but instead in a way that feels like he desperately wants Greg to say yes. “I have things to do. Or do you want.. a deal.. with.. the devil?”
Greg hesitates again. Think about it for a second. He puts his hand to his head, takes a breath, and then looks at Tom: “What am I going to do with the spirit anyway?” He’s inside.
Relief spreads across Tom’s face. “Souls are boring,” said Greg, smiling freely and beautifully, an expression that Tom immediately replied back. Greg places both enormous hands on Tom’s shoulders, looks at him, then says cheerfully, “Boo spirits.” Tom bursts into laughter, and Greg laughs, and he’s lovely and comforting. That’s when Greg said the two words: Sitting in his chair, he gives Greg his most honest look and says, simply but with great meaning, “Of course.”
Of course there is a thunderbolt. everyone Succession It is always scheming, conspiracy, backstabbing, collusion and wary of each other regardless of their relationship. It’s a psychic environment that’s hateful, cruel, and emotionally toxic as can be (among billionaires, anyway). And so at this very pivotal moment, Greg responded to Tom’s completely devoid offer with distinction Obviously I’ll be by your side, you didn’t even have to ask The type of tone and smile is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a beacon in a storm. It’s this feeling thanks Allah After we’ve finally plucked an impossible, relentless, days-old sliver from your foot.
Let’s watch it again, only this time from the “of course” moment:
she’s perfect; The warmth of Greg’s voice, the way Tom laughs a little to keep her from crying, the way they shake hands and then stare at each other for a second before they decide without words it’s not enough and they have to stand up and hug. perfect.
It’s a friendship bonus that began back in the first episode of Season 1 when Tom dumped Greg in a private, impromptu softball game and has now spilled over a heavy list of bonding moments that includes the two getting trapped in a room together during an active shooting threat, the two humiliated while Logan attempts to smoke a potential rat on the team, and the two face a possible prison term for destroying evidence of several egregious wrongdoings committed on a cruise ship. It’s the reward for the clear promise (which we all lost at the time) that, if the time comes, Tom will choose protecting Greg over protecting his wife.
“Of course” Greg tells Tom is the exact opposite of the majority of the other conversations on the show, where no pure weaknesses are ever shown and no pure sympathy is ever offered.
Or he said it differently: it’s the opposite of “damn.”
And that Succession You can pull both things well is the reason Succession is being Succession.