Succession’s Adrien Brody reveals tactics behind Logan’s dramatic showdown
Before Succession Season 3 hit our screens, we were promised several new faces to spice up the debates, including a number we met in the first three episodes – Sanaa Lathan as Lisa Arthur, a Senior lawyer, Jihae Kim as Berry Schneider, a leading public relations consultant, Linda Emond as Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, a White House senior assistant, and Hope Davis as Sandi Furness, the daughter of Logan’s nemesis, Sandy.
And in the last episode, we were introduced to another key player in the battle for Waystar Royco.
Wes Anderson’s favorite Adrien Brody, who previously played Italian-American gangster Luca Changretta in Peaky Blinders season 5, joined the party as Josh Aaronson, a billionaire activist investor with significant capital in Logan’s company (around $ 350 million).
In the midst of their feud, Patriarch Roy and his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) donned their respective baseball caps and descended into Josh’s lavish glass mansion to allay his fears about the impact of the current rocky climate on his money.
After sampling some of the local seafood on the shores of the beach which we assume belongs to Josh – such is the life of the super rich – they called for lunch and headed back home. But the effort turned out to be too much for Logan (Brian Cox), who was on the verge of collapse before Kendall and Josh came to his aid.
Logan’s pride was well and truly in the gutter following the agonizing incident, not to mention the very real threat of serious physical injury that could easily have knocked him down. Had all of this crossed Josh’s mind when planning their reunion? Was he just trying to shake Logan’s ego, or did he have a more infamous plan up his sleeve?
“I don’t think the extent of a medical incident was intentional, but I think creating challenges and physically draining them is a tactical move,” Brody said. Variety. “Josh is much better prepared for the day’s activity than they are. It’s intentional: wear layers, have hiking boots, bring two guys in suits who are expecting to sit down for a cup of coffee. He’s building up the pressure.
“As far as Logan’s condition goes, he’s looking to see how Kendall reacts to this and whether he’s looking after his father or not. He knows where things are going and wants to know if there is any. unity there or not. Logan not making the smart decision for his own well-being, out of pride, gives insight into the potential self-defeating nature and blind spots of his ego or his need to project a sense of strength, even if he doesn’t feel it. I think Josh knows all about this.
At the end of episode four, Josh could be seen kissing Stewy (Arian Moayed), who had just arrived by helicopter, suggesting that his role in this saga is not over yet. And it remains to be seen what Alexander Skarsgard’s Lukas Matsson, a successful and confrontational tech founder and CEO, will bring to the table.
The war is far from over …
Succession continues Mondays at 9 p.m. on Sky Atlantic and is available from 2 a.m. the same day on NOW and Sky on Demand.
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