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Brian Cox protected by bad roles

Published 25/06/2010 | 11:31

Brian Cox said he hopes playing bitter characters will keep him sweet
Brian Cox said he hopes playing bitter characters will keep him sweet

Brian Cox has revealed he hopes playing bitter twisted old men will protect him from growing that way himself.

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The 64-year-old Scottish actor stars alongside Paul Dano in The Good Heart, about an old bartender who takes a young homeless man in under his wing, and admits he is used to playing grumpy old men.

Brian said: "Sometimes if you act these characters it means they don't rub off on you in reality so in a way it's a kind of, it's like a shamen deciding, 'Well if I play this part perhaps I won't become a bitter twisted old man with a heart condition.'"

He revealed in the film his character builds up a friendship with Paul's character, and he learns goodness from the young boy, while his curmudgeonliness rubs off on his new friend.

Brian was delighted to work with There Will Be Blood star Paul again.

He said: "Paul and I did a film called Lie which was about a man who was actually a pederast who met this young boy and started to hit on him but then they ended up in a father/son relationship. And this is kind of the development of that, ironically, you know. Dagur [Kari, the director] actually knew that we'd done this film."

The actor added that it was interesting to work with Paul again because he had shot up in height since their last film.

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