Succession could’ve looked a lot different.
On the HBO dramedy, Kieran Culkin plays media mogul Logan Roy’s youngest son, the lazy, entitled and often sneering Roman Roy. But casting directors originally had a different role for the actor in mind.
He continued, “They asked me to read for Greg. I knew I was wrong…normally, in any other script, I would be like, ‘OK, I’m not right for the part, I’m going to close it, I’m going to continue reading on,’ but I just kind of liked the script, so I read on, I was like, ‘Oh, there’s this guy,’ whose first line is something I can’t say on your show.”
Culkin then changed his mind, saying, “He says, ‘Hey, hey, motherf–kers,’ and I thought, well, I kind of like this guy. I like the way he talks. I can do that.”