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‘I feel sorry for this woman’: Brian Cox – Star of Emmy Winning Show ‘Succession’ – Says Amber Heard Faced Major Injustice in Johnny Depp Trial

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Brian Cox, a renowned actor who is known for his portrayal of Logan Roy in the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Succession, recently spoke about Amber Heard. In an interview, Cox was asked about Johnny Depp. In his memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, the 76-year-old Scottish actor made remarks about the Pirates of the Caribbean alum, which he later expressed regret over.

Succession (2018-present)
Succession (2018-present)

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Succession‘s critical and narrative acclaim is simply undeniable. The actor, who is part of the esteemed endeavor, exudes tremendous tenacity in embodying his role. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series at the 2022 Emmy Awards. Brian Cox, while not receiving a win this year, is no stranger to such approval, being an Emmy-winning actor himself for his role of Hermann Göring in 2000’s two-part docu-drama miniseries Nuremberg. 

Brian Cox Sympathizes With Amber Heard

Brian Cox's inputs on the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial
Brian Cox’s inputs on the Depp v. Heard defamation trial

This year was governed by the controversial and contentious Depp v. Heard defamation trial and its subsequent aftermath, which made headlines after headlines. While the jury had made its decision clear, having sided with Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, on the other hand, was ordered to pay the 59-year-old actor $10.35 million in damages.

Following the much-anticipated verdict, Heard issued an appeal. Additionally, several unsealed court documents made their way to the online, public sphere and resulted in detestable revelations.

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Amber Heard at a court hearing

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Needless to say, the aftereffects of the legal affair can still be felt, with support for Heard, while minimal in contrast to the devotion some feel towards Depp, having increased since. Recently, Women’s March also spoke up about the matter and detailed how the Aquaman alum is a “victim.”

Matching a similar tone of regret, actor Brian Cox, in an interview with The Times, had the following to say about Amber Heard:

I feel sorry for the woman [Amber Heard]. I think she got the rough end of it.”

This barely comes off as a surprise. When the unsealed documents made their roundabout on the corners of the Internet, many celebrities and big Hollywood names retracted the support they had shown for Depp upon his winning the defamation trial. Most people who liked the actor’s Instagram post after the verdict began to remove their likes.

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Brian Cox's thoughts on Johnny Depp
Brian Cox’s thoughts on Johnny Depp

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When it comes to Cox’s opinions on Depp, it did not quite begin on a pleasant note. In his recent memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, the Succession star called the Edward Scissorhands actor “overrated” and “overblown.” However, later on, he expressed remorse over his statements. While talking to Jimmy Kimmel on his show, Cox explained, “I just thought I was being a bit harsh.” 

He further elaborated:

“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.”

In his recent interview with The Times, Brian Cox emphasized how much the masses adore Johnny Depp. When the interviewer alluded to the jury liking him, as well, the Scottish actor agreed, “Well, they did.” Therefore, the Succession star was once subjected to intense backlash for his criticizing statements. However, he has seemed to have a change of heart ever since.

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Brian Cox

While some have empathized and stood beside Heard during and after the disputable trial, Hollywood seems to be closing its door on her. Recent rumors and reports suggest that the major studios have been turning their backs on the actress. Furthermore, fans of the DC franchise are at the forefront of wanting to see Heard be replaced for the role of Mera.

On Change.org, passionate supporters of Depp have made a petition against the actress, detailing their desire of having her removed from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The petition has, as of today, garnered 4,625,956 signatures. It cannot be ascertained what the future holds for Heard, as people grow incessantly wary of her; minus the very few like Cox who’ve shown sympathy and support.

Succession, which stars Brian Cox, can be streamed exclusively on HBO Max.

Source: The Times

Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.