A recent New Yorker article profiled “Succession” star Jeremy Strong and painted an intense image of Strong, including the lengths to which he’ll go to get into character.
“The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty tremendous,” Brian Cox said. “I just worry about what he does to himself. I worry about the crises he puts himself through in order to prepare.”
Strong even admitted that his methods may be “difficult” for his co-stars, with many people comparing the way Strong lives his life to that of his character Kendall Roy.
Kieran Culkin was also quoted in the piece where he spoke of Strong’s intensity. “After the first season, he said something to me like, ‘I’m worried that people might think that the show is a comedy.’ And I said, ‘I think the show is a comedy.’ He thought I was kidding.”
The depiction of Strong’s acting method in the article garnered The New Yorker some criticism from prominent people in Hollywood who have worked with over the years, prompting the magazine to respond.
“This is a nuanced, multi-sided portrait of an extremely dedicated actor,” a spokesperson for the New Yorker told Deadline. ” It has inspired a range of reactions from people, including many who say that they are even more impressed by Jeremy Strong’s artistry after having read the article.”
Following the article’s publication, Strong’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Molly’s Game” co-star Jessica Chastian came to his defence, calling him “lovely” and noting the article was “one-sided.”
“Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films. Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work. The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don’t believe everything you read folks. Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it,” she tweeted.
Ive known Jeremy Strong for 20yrs & worked with him on 2 films. Hes a lovely person. Very inspiring & passionate about his work. The profile that came out on him was incredibly one sided. Don’t believe everything you read folks. Snark sells but maybe its time we move beyond it.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 8, 2021
Aaron Sorkin, who directed Strong in “Molly’s Game” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, shared a letter calling out the “distorted picture” of the New Yorker article. Sorkin did talk to journalist Michael Schulman for the piece but “wanted to speak up.”
“I think I helped Mr. Schulman create what I believe is a distorted picture of Jeremy that asks us to roll our eyes at his acting process,” Sorkin wrote. The letter was shared by Chastain as the director doesn’t have Twitter.
Sorkin said that he was asked five questions but “only one and a half of these answers were used, which of course is perfectly normal, but they were the quotes about the tear gas and playing the kazoo.”
Sorkin also provided the questions and his full answers for full clarity, including comparing Strong to Dustin Hoffman.
“Jeremy Strong is a great actor and a great company member. There isn’t a writer, director or producer on Earth who wouldn’t grab at the chance to cast him.”
Aaron Sorkin doesn’t have social media so asked me to post this letter on his behalf xx pic.twitter.com/3Ol1KGoJKM
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 10, 2021
Also sharing her support is Anne Hathaway, who worked with Strong in the 2019 thriller “Serenity”.
“As the week ends, I would like to send some love to Jeremy Strong who I’m lucky enough to have worked with twice and who I am proud to consider a friend,” Hathaway wrote in an Instagram post. “I deeply value his qualities of thoughtfulness, sincerity, authenticity, sweetness, depth, kindness, generosity, as well as his powerful intelligence and extraordinary sensitivity. He is an incredibly talented and inventive artist who is fully engaged and committed on set, as well as a passionate, open person in life. I find all of these things inspiring. (oh, and he’s fun.).”
The season three finale of “Succession” airs Dec. 12.