'Succession' fans are baffled by this Jeremy Strong profile

Aaron Sorkin had to talk him out of tear-gassing himself in the face.
December 7, 2021 11:15 a.m. EST
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From Marlon Brando to Dustin Hoffman to Daniel Day-Lewis—all the great Method actors of the past century have fully inhabited their characters; so much so, that even when the cameras are off, the actor doesn't let go. Emmy-winning Succession actor Jeremy Strong, who just received a Critic’s Choice Award nom, is following in the footsteps of such greats. But his methods are leaving fans, and even his co-stars, quite bewildered, according to a recent sprawling, eye-opening New Yorker feature. 

The stories told in this profile, which features interviews with his Succession castmates Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox, fellow actors and creatives like Chris Evans, Michelle Williams and Kathryn Bigelow, and even sources from his Yale days, paints a picture of Strong as someone who has gone a bit, shall we say, overboard for his craft.

Twitter is having a field day with these anecdotes, that include him befuddling his Succession co-stars by ad-libbing lines taken from their personal email exchanges (only to have the scenes cut). There’s the time he insisted on the set of The Trial of the Chicago 7 that Aaron Sorkin tear gas him in the face. On the same set, he inexplicably played the kazoo during Frank Langella’s lines.

When he was an assistant to Daniel Day-Lewis on the Canadian set of The Ballad of Jack and Rose, the crew found him to be such a sycophant that they dubbed him “Cletus” from The Simpsons. He lived rent-free in former theatre cast mate Michelle Williams' basement after Heath Ledger passed away. And there’s the story from Yale where he nearly bankrupted the Drama program in order to get Al Pacino to visit. There’s a lot to unpack there. And Twitter does it best:

So yes, it certainly does seem like Jeremy Strong has some Kendall tendendices IRL. Still, some people are simple in awe of his dedication to his craft.

That’s all true, but still. . . what the Shrek just happened?

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