Succession’s Kieran Culkin was almost cast as a very different character

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Photo credit: Chris Large
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Succession star Kieran Culkin has revealed that he originally read for a completely different character on the popular HBO show.

Though we know Culkin as Roman Roy, he was almost cast as cousin Greg instead, even though it didn't feel like the right part for him to play.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Culkin said: "They wanted me to read for cousin Greg, which I just didn't feel right for. They asked me to read for Greg and I knew I was wrong, and 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 not going to continue reading on.'"

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Photo credit: HBO

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However, Culkin really "liked the script" so he kept reading and found the character of Roman. Culkin continued, "I thought, 'Well I kind of like this guy. I like the way he talks. I can do that.'"

But producers weren't auditioning for the part of Roman yet, meaning Culkin couldn't read for it that day. If it weren't for his initiative in putting himself "on tape anyway and [sending] it in," we might not have seen Culkin on the show at all.

Greg is played by Nicholas Braun, who Culkin called "fantastic", and he is not sad to have missed out on the part, as he bagged Roman instead.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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New episodes of Succession were released last month, with the third season following the aftermath of the press conference conducted by Roman's brother Kendall (Jeremy Strong), which threatens to blow up the Roy family and their media empire. Strong recently said he feels "a great responsibility to understand [Kendall's] pain" and portray him accurately in the show.

Another two seasons of the show are expected, with production on the fourth season set to begin next year.

Succession season 3 airs on HBO in the US, and Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

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