Succession on HBO star Matthew Macfadyen is done talking about co-star Jeremy Strong

successor Star Matthew Macfadyen joins a ranks of high-profile, critically acclaimed actors speaking out against Hollywood’s scourge of method acting.

In conversation with vanity fair Macfayden, who was released this week, balked when asked about it that controversial New Yorker Profile of his co-star on hit HBO drama Jeremy Strong.

When Strong’s in-depth interview broke in December, it sparked a firestorm from Twitter, delving into the actor’s, um, intense approach to the role of Kendall Roy. The play portrayed him as completely lacking in humor (the article’s headline is literally “On successorJeremy Strong doesn’t get the joke”), attributing the actor’s Emmy-winning performance to his deep commitment to staying within his character’s tormented psyche.

The provocative profile sparked a broader, ongoing discussion about the merits – and claims – of method acting, inspiring critics, viewers and other actors alike to speak out.

Since then, it has become virtually impossible for serious actors to conduct an interview without being asked about their views on the tech. However, as Strong’s co-star, Macfadyen seems ready to talk about something new. That vanity fair Profil notes that Macfadyen, who plays Tom Wambsgans, was only “visibly irritated” in her three-hour interview when asked about Strong and the New Yorker Article.

“I find it a bit annoying because – it does [the show] about one thing, and it’s an ensemble piece,” he said vanity fair. “You think of J. Smith-Cameron and Alan Ruck, who are bloody amazing actors. [Strong] is not the main event.” Do we detect a hint of shadow? Maybe, but he’s right when he points out that Smith-Cameron and Ruck, who play Gerri and Connor respectively, are among the most spectacularly talented successor to see the funniest performers in the ensemble. #GerriAndRomanForever!

Macfadyen went on to express his irritation at the idea that actors who switch between takes in and out of character “are not as committed or involved as someone crying in a corner.” Speaking of his own approach to acting, he said: “I’m looking at Jeremy – this is Kendall Roy, and my heart just starts beating a little bit faster. Because I made the imaginative leap. Because that’s my job. It’s not about how I feel or what state I put myself in before or anything like that. That’s not to say it’s wrong. That just doesn’t make sense.”

Hopefully after Macfadyen’s thoughtful, passionate, conversation-ending assessment, we can finally stop talking about a New Yorker Article published five months ago. Instead, we can campaign for the former Mr. Darcy to win the Emmy he deserves for his Machiavellian turn as Tom last season. Succession on HBO star Matthew Macfadyen is done talking about co-star Jeremy Strong


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