‘I couldn’t see’ Brian Cox on acting role he regrets after needing doctor’s appointment

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Having been on our screens for decades and starring in a variety of highly-acclaimed films, actor Brian Cox, 75, looked back on his hugely-successful career. But despite his 230-plus credits, there is one acting role he regrets taking on.

Some make-up went into my eyes and I couldn’t see for two days

Brian Cox

In 2003, the Scottish star appeared as a character called Tobias in The Reckoning, a British-Spanish murder mystery drama film.

He starred alongside Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hardy, Gina McKee and Vincent Cassel.

But in a new interview, he confessed he didn’t get along with director Paul McGuigan, who went on to direct BBC1’s Sherlock and Dracula.

“It was a very good script but my daughter wasn’t well at the time,” Cox said.

“And I didn’t get on with the director.”

He also experienced a slight mishap in the make-up department.

The accident left him unable to see properly and resulted in an emergency doctors appointment.

“Some make-up went into my eyes and I couldn’t see for two days,” he recalled.

“They had to get a doctor in to sort me out.”

“But otherwise I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever done.

“I’ve been very lucky,” he told Radio Times.

And while he took a look back at his accomplishments over the years, he shows no signs of stopping.

At 75, Cox revealed he felt reassured that as long as his body and mind remain responsive, there’s no retirement age for actors such as himself.

It comes after his pal Anthony Hopkins (who succeeded him as Hannibal), just won an Oscar at 83, for his role in The Father.

“Acting gets more interesting,” Cox explained.

“As you reach the end of your life, everything comes into a horrible focus.

“You bring more to a role because the parts are about extinction and why you did what you did in your life.”

Cox’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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