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Brian Cox: A Viewer's Guide
The highs (and lows) of the actor’s career

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RECOMMENDED: The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Brian Cox makes a satisfyingly reptilian psychocrat when he sets his mind to it, as he does in the first and second instalments of the Bourne trilogy. As CIA deputy director Ward Abbott, he’s blessed with an arc that peels away layers of subterfuge, bullshit and criminality like a particularly rotten Langley-based onion. Presiding over first Treadstone and then Blackbriar, he has never met a dossier he hasn’t wanted to burn or an ex-operative he hasn’t wanted to terminate. Cox plays the intelligence wonk with oily menace, gradually revealing just how deep the rabbit hole goes as Matt Damon’s superspy follows the clues he’s carelessly left lying about. While Cox is far too gifted to be pigeonholed as a Hollywood villain, he is very bloody good at it.

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1 Super troopers
Best film is definitely super troopers...oh and the guy who used to chase the A-team was called colonel decker! More

Posted by echoalpha92 on Sunday October 28, 2012, 22:43

2 uncle
i know it's only a cameo, but Cox was so badass as william Wallaces uncle Argyle in Braveheart, the character should have got his own movie. More

Posted by dangoodfellow on Sunday October 28, 2012, 08:13

3 Where the hell is Red?
Brian Cox was bloody brilliant in Red (not the one with Bruce Willis in. This is another film). It's probably one of the most little known, underappreciated, underrated films I know (even more so than The 25th Hour). It really is a hidden gem. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK on Saturday October 27, 2012, 21:38

4 RE:
Cox is brilliant in everything he does. I've met him a few times, he went to school with my Dad. If you get the chance to see him on stage, then do so! This is a masterful actor at work.   His best movie work came at the start of the 00s with brilliant performances in 25th Hour, Adaptation, X2, L.I.E. and The Bourne Identity. More

Posted by Beetlejuice! on Saturday October 27, 2012, 14:11

Well I liked Troy, so phoeey to you all! To me it's greater than the sum of its parts. If you like 'epic' movies, I would not be afraid to recommend it to someone. More

Posted by sifter132 on Friday October 26, 2012, 22:39

6 Korrektur
"less Das Boot than Das Sandal" DIE Sandale. In fact, in German there's a - somewhat dismissive - term for these kind of (wannabe) epic period movies: Der Sandalenschinken. More

Posted by Samurai_Zoso on Friday October 26, 2012, 20:33

Definitely 25th Hour, what about Rushmore? More

Posted by mike2005 on Friday October 26, 2012, 17:54

8 Super Troopers
Obv his best comic turn/film is Super Troopers! More

Posted by watch_it_son on Friday October 26, 2012, 16:15

Couldn't agree more with Denis Bergkamp here - 25th Hour is without doubt one of the movies of the last 10 years and is grossly underappreciated here in the UK. Maybe it is more of an American love in. Glad to see L.I.E in here though as that is his finest performance by a long shot. More

Posted by kojaksmoneybox on Friday October 26, 2012, 15:54

Pretty sure x-men 2 wasn't in 2011 More

Posted by baseballfuries22 on Friday October 26, 2012, 14:46

11 25th Hour?
Take out Escapist and replace with one of the most underrated films of the last decade. More

Posted by bergkamp on Friday October 26, 2012, 14:39

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