Mr Flibble Talks To... To Play The King
As the King in season VII's Stoke Me a Clipper... Brian Cox lost his wife to one 'Lister of Smeg'. In The Long Kiss Goodnight he helped Gina Davis find her lost identity. But as the original Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter he wasn't going to lose to anybody.
16 March, 2001
Brian Cox
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

Tell me about what you've got coming up - there's a huge stack of films!

They're a very catholic collection of films. The Borne Identity has areas that I've visited before, CIA stuff, but a good director in Michael Liman.

Morality Play was an interesting experiment - I don't know what it's going to be like, but it was a very good experiment. [We were] shooting this medieval drama in Spain with a very interesting director called Paul McGuigan who's really a documentary-type director. So it's very like a documentary camera being dropped into the middle of the 14th century [to watch] these players. Bill Dafoe's in it, it's a good cast - and a very hard shoot.

Super Troopers and LIE are two American independent movies, which I love. Super Troopers is just like a frat movie, in which I play sort of Margaret DuMont (?) the head of this thing called Broken Lizard, a highway patrol in Vermont. It's great, very jokey. Independent - no dough. It was a financial success at Sundance, they picked it up for 3 million, and it's going to go out. It was directed by a guy who was in the movie - as were his five writing partners - so it was tricky. A nice fellow, Jay Chanrasekhar.

LIE is a much more interesting, personal, difficult movie. It's a sort of rights of passage movie, it's about a group of boys growing up in Long Island, written and directed by this guy called Michael Cuesta who wrote it with his brother Gerard and a guy called Steve Ryder. I play an ex Vietnam vet who happens to be a chickenhawk.

Now, a chickenhawk is... people think it's a paedophile, but he's not a paedophile. He's into young boys, but boys at a certain age. They have to be post-pubescent, between 15 and 18. He's a guy who has a series of these teenage live-in lovers. It's a mix of fatherly [instinct] and sexual predator, it's a struggle between the two. It's a difficult part to play.

In May Channel 4 are showing Nuremberg about the Nuremberg trials, and I play Herrmann Goering. He was a fascinating character - he was brilliant, he was bright. He was on the wrong side, he was responsible for the concentration camps - but also he was shocked and slightly amazed at what happened. He was in denial.