In an interview with the American magazine New Yorker, Jeremy Strong returned to his impressive method to blend into the skin of Kendall Roy in the series “Succession”.
During this third season of Succession, Kendall Roy has taken flight to wage a merciless war against her father Logan. After denouncing the latter’s actions at a press conference in the season 2 finale, it is surrounded by a messi complex that Kendall has decided to distance himself from the rest of his family.
Winner of the Emmy Award for Best Actor in 2020, Jeremy Strong (The Big Short) lends his features to Kendall; an exceptional performance which owes nothing to chance. In an interview with our colleagues from New Yorker, the 42-year-old actor returned to his working methods, worthy of the Stanislavski system of the acting method.
“I think you have to go through the same ordeals as his character” Jeremy Strong confides in this interview, thus revealing his doubts about being very popular with his playing partners. And for good reason: during the filming of this third season, the latter did not hesitate to break all contact with the rest of the cast, refusing scene rehearsals and insisting not to see any of the actors on set, or even outside of the shoot.
“It’s an American disease”
A decision which led to the incomprehension and the frustration of part of the team of the series, as pointed out by our colleagues from the New Yorker. But also the concern of Brian Cox, who plays Logan Roy, Kendall’s father. Adept as for him of a more traditional method of play, the Scottish actor underlines the incredible performance of his colleague, but wonders about the price to pay to obtain such a result on the screen.
I worry about him doing all this to himself. (…) The actors are strange creatures. I have already worked in the past with intense actors. It is an American disease in my opinion this inability to distance yourself from a character when shooting a scene.
This method of play also drew criticism from Kieran Culkin, meanwhile playing Roman, Kendall’s younger brother: “Jeremy’s way of working is a bit like stepping into a ring, playing his scene, and at the end of the take each actor goes back to their corner. I don’t see this profession as a fight, but more like a dance. . “
Whether or not we are in favor of intensive methods of preparing for a role, no one will dispute that this third season has only confirmed that Succession does indeed deserve to be considered one of the best American series of the moment. . However, to see if his intensive preparation will earn Jeremy Strong a second Emmy Award for Best Actor …
The final episode of the third season of Succession can be found from next Monday exclusively on OCS City.