Succession star says he feels a great responsibility to his character

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Jeremy Strong, who stars in the popular HBO series Succession, has said that he feels a "great responsibility" to his character Kendall.

Strong's character is the son of the "[Rupert] Murdoch-esque media tycoon Logan Roy," played by Brian Cox. The show sees Roy's children vying for his attention, respect and to succeed him in the media conglomerate he owns.

In an interview with The Guardian, Strong spoke about how he feels "a greater sense of responsibility" to his character as he's based on the real-life James Murdoch.

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"I feel a great responsibility to understand [Kendall's] pain and feel the weight that's on him," Strong said, as he deals with a lot during the show, including drugs and cutting himself off from the family.

"I don't really feel like an actor much any more; I feel as if I'm me for half the year and I'm Kendall for half the year. I think when you live with a role for long enough... then it's in you," he continued.

Though Strong does not know if his character's inspiration has ever seen the show, he knows that James' sister Elisabeth has watched it. Strong once spotted James in New York and said they "had a moment".

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While Strong was learning his lines on the streets of New York, he noticed Murdoch: "Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a ghost-grey Tesla rolling to a stop, so I looked in it, and there was James Murdoch. He looked at me and I looked at him, and there was a flicker between us. Then he was gone. So we had a moment."

Succession season 3 premieres on October 17 on HBO in the US, and on October 18 on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

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