From ‘Succession’: Playing Greg Feeney, a middle-aged killing machine

In the HBO series Succession, Nicholas Braun plays Seth Feeney, CEO of New World Media, who’s faced with a young aspiring star played by Brian Cox to inherit the company from the exiting patriarch….

From ‘Succession’: Playing Greg Feeney, a middle-aged killing machine

In the HBO series Succession, Nicholas Braun plays Seth Feeney, CEO of New World Media, who’s faced with a young aspiring star played by Brian Cox to inherit the company from the exiting patriarch. According to Braun, it may be because his character’s cousin, business owner Greg (Ewen Leslie), is also facing an uncertain future. “Greg, in the last season of the show, was kind of stumbling,” Braun told The New York Times. “And so he got invested in building a massive oak tree. And he accidentally killed himself.” After Greg’s death, the new series’ creator Aaron Sorkin apparently wanted Braun’s character to transition from a teenaged, much older business rival to somebody Greg had feared for a while. But none of this meant that Braun’s character got in the way of scenes with Cox and the rest of the show’s cast. “But honestly, when you look at it, the things that are important to me in a role are relationships — really interesting relationships and stuff that is true to me and emotional,” Braun said. “To me it seems kind of hypocritical to say, ‘Oh, would be nice to add more emotional stuff, because this is entertainment!’” But one thing about Greg that’s true to Braun’s real life, and has been for many years, is that he has a storied history of cutting off people on the streets. Last week in New York City, Greg stopped with Braun to talk about how the Canadian actor’s family is similarly at the eye of a storm. “It’s a good place to be right now because my family is running down a cliff.” In Business Insider, Braun recounted how Greg called him from a local restaurant to tell him about their crisis: “My cousins are at their apartment right now on fire.”

Read the full story at The New York Times and Business Insider.

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