Matthew Macfadyen: Jeremy Strong’s Method Acting Is ‘Not the Main Event’ of ‘Succession’

Matthew Macfadyen: Jeremy Strong’s Method Acting Is ‘Not the Main Event’ of ‘Succession’
It takes a few method-acting criticisms to make a Tomlette.

“Succession” star Matthew Macfadyen, who famously plays pivotal RoyCo executive Tom Wambsgans, is tired of debating co-star Jeremy Strong’s approach to acting.

“I find it slightly aggravating because — it makes [the show] about one thing, and it’s an ensemble piece,” Macfadyen explained to Vanity Fair. “You think of [fellow cast members] J. Smith-Cameron and Alan Ruck, who are fucking extraordinary actors. [Strong] is not the main event.”

Discussions over Emmy winner Strong’s method acting technique went viral following a December 2021 New Yorker profile that quickly made headlines due to Strong’s requests to be tear-gassed while filming “Trial of the Chicago 7,” among other painful endeavors.

Macfadyen added that the discussions of Strong’s on-set feats imply that co-stars who don’t stay in character “aren’t as invested, or as involved, as someone who’s weeping in a corner.”

He continued, “I look
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