Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law approached Bryan Cox, one of the stars of Succession – the HBO comedy series that mimics his in-laws in the media – on the street telling him she & # 39; hard to see & # 39; found.
Cox revealed their run-in in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.
He remembered how he had gone to London last summer for a latte when he got a slap on the shoulder of a man he didn't recognize.
The man said: & I just want to say, I really enjoy the show. My wife, on the other hand, finds it hard to look at. & # 39;
It was only when Tyson revealed who his in-laws were that the penny fell for Cox, who plays the Murdoch-like aging media giant, Logan Roy, in the show.
Keith Tyson (left with wife Elisabeth Murdoch) told Brian Cox (pictured right as Logan Roy in succession) that while he enjoys watching the show, his wife finds it & # 39; difficult & # 39; because of how it reflects her family
He said that Tyson then begged: & # 39; But you're going to take it easy? & # 39; to which he replied: & # 39; It will be fine. & # 39;
The character of Cox closely resembles Rupert Murdoch, the father of Elisabeth
Although the writers of Succession say they don't base the show solely on the Murdochs or any other real family, the similarities in storyline and characters are impossible to ignore.
The show, which is now entering its second season, follows the Roy family, a media mogul dynasty struggling with Patriarch Logan's decision to distance themselves from their TV and entertainment empire.
It reflects the recent family history of Murdochs, as Rupert announced the sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney, which meant the end of Fox as the world had known and raised questions about which of the Murdoch children would prevail as supreme.
Lachlan and James Murdoch, who had both worked for their father, were taken apart.
James went to Disney and Lachlan was named CEO of the new operation, Fox Corp. There have been rumors about gaps within the family since then.
Tyson is Elisabeth's third husband. She has three children from her first two marriages, including Charlotte Freud, her 18-year-old daughter who complained to her Instagram followers in April about her mother hiring her a personal shopper to make sure she didn't reveal too much splitting at an upcoming family marriage.
In the show she is most simulated by the character Shiv, played by Sarah Snook.
Succession has been a hit since it was launched at HBO. It will start its second season in August. The cast is displayed
The Murdoch family at Rupert's wedding with his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, and her children with Mick Jagger. L-R, rear row, Lachlan Murdoch, Prudence Murdoch, James Jagger, Gabriel Jagger, James Murdoch. Second row: Georgia May Jagger, Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall, Elisabeth Murdoch, Elizabeth Jagger. Front row: Chloe Murdoch, left, and Grace Murdoch, right
& # 39; The analysis of the casting said, "Think of Ivanka Trump." It could easily have been said to Elisabeth Murdoch, & Snook said of her role.
In the new series, her character fights for a promotion.
It is not known if Rupert, Lachlan or James watch the show. Jerry Hall, Rupert & # 39; s fourth wife and former supermodel, is a fan.
Jesse Armstrong, the creator of Succession, known for writing British comedies In The Thick of It and Peep Show, insists that it is not entirely based on the Australian family, despite the fact that it is based on a transcript that she wrote Murdoch years ago.
He said that Succession also draws inspiration from the Redstone dynasty that CBS owns and that other plots are suddenly inspired by the Kennedy.
& # 39; There is a very light ineffable row that you have to walk. So you only need that distance. If we look at it frontally, it is as if we are looking at the sun & # 39 ;, he said about his comparisons with the real families.
Sarah Snook plays Siobhan & # 39; Shiv & # 39; Roy, the sweet adult daughter of the Roy family, struggling for more control over the family's realm. She said casting told her to portray Ivanka Trump, but she & # 39; easily & # 39; could have suggested she would imitate Elisabeth Murdoch (right)
Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch during the Allen & Co Sun Valley retreat last year. Lachlan is the new CEO of Fox
Cox said he believes the reason why it's successful is because it exposes how & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; people are.
& # 39; It's a moral story. It says that people are essentially ridiculous.
James Murdoch now does it alone without his family business
& # 39; They are ridiculous in their desires, they are ridiculous in what they get and don't get, and in the end they never even know what they want, & # 39; he said.
Armstrong has spent a year researching Murdoch for the scenario.
In 2015, his research expanded during the Trump campaign and during various media scandals when, he said, he noticed a shift in the industry.
& # 39; I think Breitbart then started bubbling around and Cambridge Analytica, and some of the Sinclair deals. And you begin to think: "My goodness, this is starting to feel like a special situation."
It was initially called Immediate Family but was given the new name.
Their first reading was on election day in 2018.
They were planning on going back to producer Adam McKay's apartment for a Hillary Clinton victory party, but when Trump's victory became clear, they started drinking whiskey from the bottle & # 39 ;.
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