James Cromwell Breaks Down That ‘Succession’ Eulogy and Promises a “Miraculous” Finale
In HBO’s hit series, Succession, James Cromwell plays Ewan Roy, the estranged brother of Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox). Succession revolves around the Roy family, a wealthy clan that controls a media conglomerate, and the power struggles within their ranks. With the season three finale approaching, Cromwell recently sat down with The Unlisted News to discuss his character, memorable moments from the show, and what fans can expect from the finale.
Breaking down the Eulogy Scene
One of the most memorable scenes from season three was Cromwell’s character giving a eulogy at the funeral of another Roy family member. Cromwell explained that the scene was incredibly difficult to shoot, both physically and emotionally. He had to stand for hours under hot lights while reciting lines that were both long and difficult, but the end result was worth it. Cromwell revealed that he was given a lot of leeway with the eulogy and was able to improvise much of it.
“I did improvise a lot of it… I was given a lot of flexibility with that…because it was an unusual event and it was a difficult scene to do. It’s a very dark scene and difficult,” explained Cromwell.
What Can Fans Expect from the Finale?
Cromwell was tight-lipped about what fans can expect from the finale but promised that it’s going to be “miraculous.”
“We had a table read of the last episode last night, and… everybody was blown away. I’m not kidding you, it was just miraculous,” said Cromwell.
He also revealed that although Ewan and Logan don’t share any scenes in the finale, fans can expect to see more of his character in season four.
Cromwell on His Character’s Relationship with Logan
Fans who have been following Succession since season one will know that Ewan and Logan are not close. The brothers have vastly different values and beliefs which have caused a rift in their relationship. When asked about his character’s relationship with Logan, Cromwell revealed that Ewan sees Logan as a “force of evil.”
“It’s not a relationship, there’s no relationship there,” said Cromwell. “Ewan sees [Logan] as a force of evil really, and the things that he does are the things of people who are psychotic…anyone who is worshipped by people who put all of their faith in capitalism and in power and in money gets to be played as a lunatic.”
Cromwell on the Success of Succession
Succession has received critical acclaim since its premiere in 2018 and has amassed a loyal fan base over the years. When asked about the show’s success, Cromwell praised the writing and the ensemble cast.
“The writing is profound and… it’s not only good in the fact that the characters are so well-written, but their relationships with each other are so complex,” said Cromwell. “It’s amazing… everybody is just terrific, they’re all very good actors and they’re all very good people, they’re fun to work with.”
In the end, fans will just have to wait and see what the finale will bring, but according to Cromwell, it’s going to be nothing short of miraculous.