Brian Cox didn’t (at all) like Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon

Joaquin Phoenix delivered a ‘truly terrible’ performance in the film Napoleonaccording to Scottish actor Brian Cox, who believes he himself would have been much better in the role.

Star of the series Succession, Brian Cox was invited to discuss on a panel on Tuesday at London’s HistFest (a history festival). There was talk of historical drama Napoleonreleased in November 2023, and received by mixed reviews, with some seeing historical incongruities.

According to Brian Cox, it was firstly the interpreter of the title role, the American actor Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Joker) who must be blamed.

“It’s really terrible,” he said after describing Joaquin Phoenix’s interpretation as “terrible.” “I don’t know what he was thinking. I think it’s totally his fault and I don’t think Ridley Scott [le réalisateur de Napoleon] ugly. I would have played him much better than Joaquin Phoenix, I tell you. It can be said that it is a good drama. No. These are lies,” said Brian Cox, quoted in the London newspaper The Standard.

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