“Succession” is coming back for a second season this August, and the cast of the HBO hit are on the cover of the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the show.
Actor Nicholas Braun recalls getting together with the cast at co-creator Adam McKay’s home after their first table read on Nov. 8, 2016, — the day of the U.S. presidential election — to watch the results.
“We starting passing some whiskey around and drinking it straight out of the bottle. That was kind of an interesting initiation,” he says.
Actress Sarah Snook adds, “A pall settled over the party. I think Adam said, ‘Well, we’re making the right show.’”
Speaking about why the show has been such a hit in the Donald Trump era, actor Brian Cox says, “It’s a morality tale. It’s saying human beings are basically ludicrous. They’re ludicrous in their desires, they’re ludicrous in what they get and don’t get and, in the end, they never even know what they want.”
“After taking a backseat for about 50 or 60 years, inherited wealth and nepotism seem to have come back with a vengeance,” McKay adds. “And media conglomerates are increasingly becoming the microphones of oligarchs.”
Showrunner Jesse Armstrong points out, “Right now, the world feels extraordinarily primarily coloured and vivid and rather terrifying in its absoluteness and its almost grossness. But at the same time, the interactions that human beings have are as fine-textured and subtle as ever. And so in that contradiction, I guess, is the show.”
“Succession” season 2 premieres August 11.