Nicholas Braun, "Succession"
Hi everybody. I'm peter travers is this is popcorn where i tell you what is popping in the culture and h._b._o. Has a show called succession which i love. I love every minute of it. I'd even seen the i five episodes of season two how you know things and my guest today nicholas braun place cousin greg makes him a fan favorite and one of the great things about succession. That's rare and television is that season two is better than season one. It's even more decadent than delicious a what do to you. Nick thank you so. Our work is done here all right. That's it. Well yeah thank you well. Let's start by saying the poor benighted souls that had had yet to watch it. They need to know cousin. Greg is yeah yeah yeah. Is this dude cousin greg so the shows about a very very wealthy family billionaire family the movie studios news networks newspapers and amusement parks cruises and cousin greg greg comes in luckily at the right time when the patriots of the family is giving his company to his next to the two one of his children altern and the other kids. Maybe want the job too but this kid kendall's gotten in the pilot. He's gotten chosen and greg comes in. He was working working in the amusement parks. He got a little bit too high. One day ended up throwing throwing up a publicly through his mascot costume through the eye. Holes has one you you know one of those bad trips <hes> we'd can do that. You know he hasn't seen the family and a while and he comes in and <hes> something about him. Strike slogan gene is appealing logan's play by brian cox the hidden in the headman turning eighty and at the end of the pilot everyone's thrown into flux and for whatever reason greg is still in the mix and so i guess that my my arc is sort of finding out. Can i stay in here get in deeper than she does because i think it's great that he can play dumb really well yeah. Is he playing window. You know well. No i mean there's calculation like no tomorrow to do that. So i was gonna say. Why did whoever said we. We want nick braun to play cousin greg. Was it about you that made them say. Nick must play cousin grech. What was that audition like. I got to use my nerves in the in the in the room with adam mckay and i got to be sort of. I got to transfer my nerves about out this thing wrong. This big audition into what greg is i think he's nervous in a room but i think he's also ambitious highly ambitious and and so the audition it was like i don't know i was i kind of let whatever comes out of greg's mouth whatever wants to come out and hung out an an atom gave me permission to and and so it was a lot of writers think that they should. They like <hes> improv going on. They do that then that's heaven to do that. Yeah they do like it. I do get recognized now as cousin greg. Are you walking around the city or and people say there. He is because we look at it. They love him yeah but nobody is really marley a model for anybody on this whole show. I don't know anybody anybody that you aren't suspicious too but yeah yeah do they come up and say cousin grad. They do yeah they shout cousin greg the show greg deeg so yeah i gotta the law. You're going to get the whole thing. You know. You're going to get the company you know. I think it should happen. I wonder if they even know 'cause you just been renewed for season season three. We have indeed yeah. Congratulations thank you. That's kinda great yeah. I've never been a part of some kind of is the new game of thrones just with people wearing suits and you know dragging insulator slogan. They're they're dragging unconcern. That's what kind of show is happening. It looks like everybody's having a fun time. Are they definitely yeah because it's a lot of improv. It's you know it's it's a lot of different personalities in a room <hes> different styles of acting. You know you're you're curious. Got one style and jeremy's army's got another and and brian is always ferocious in a room and every scene i get to do with matthew is just pleasure right yeah. I hear so you know there's a whole thing online that there should be a spin off with tom and greg yeah yeah. It's too premature. You know we still have now. Come out of romance left to well well. There's a lot of people think in the future. All the time. It's t big area is working. It can work again. Spend it all do that. Let's let's look at a clip from succession so that those people who have been because they'll look at it and they'll say i'm watching. What's it over. You can all watch it you okay. What's what's the news. What's what's going on. How good this sick fashion. We call a good penthouses gone. Yeah i mean i'm sure i could be way better. I just don't know how what what take what happened with your your house. Oh i'm <hes> got rid of it smelt of rava the rich yeah yeah yeah. That's the nicest hotel been of course it's. I'm sorry new york apartment in it's a hotel room. Well there are aw. I can't give away things if they haven't been on yet but tears. The greg is hunting for apartments to live and and in subsequent episodes. There are amazing thing so you going up into that. The bed is like the size of this door you a._m. Squeeze into it knocking my head on the ceiling right but it's a loft so that's cool but i've yeah it's a very real thing you can't in an apartment in new york for any i mean shopping for apartments and you've got to spend money to just have room to move around even in my apartment right now. I can't even like do do a push up on the ground not that i try to do push ups all the time but like sometimes i do round and sometimes they just want to stretch you know like do like like stretch stretch my legs or something again that what are you six four. I'm six seven what that short. I take it back when i was younger in auditions editions and now at this point i'm on popcorn with peter travers so i feel like i can be honestly. I'm six seven. Wow yeah no yeah. There's a lot sometimes times. When you're auditioning actresses who are five one yeah well yeah i pretty much any any rule so if i if there's a father and and he's shorter than six to like i have no chance of playing his son really picking yoon about it. Yeah yeah yeah oh. I've lost a lot roles because of my height because because you know it's hard to photograph maybe for some people or or they don't want to put the lead actors on apple boxes which i understand india now on a movie once where it was a walk and talk through high school and they're actress that was playing my love interest she and and i were walking in the gave her a track of apple boxes like twenty pieces of wood lined up together leap almost white. Luckily they weren't saying. I thought maybe it was like a jump. No she had this nice wooden pass to walk on and then she couldn't walk loudly because it would make noise on the wood so i sorta stuff is awkward. I guess maybe in a stone age of movies when alan ladd was with field rent in the boy on a dolphin. He was like five four so they they dug a trench for fielder renter walker right that you should make them do that. This should dig up flooring for they should do. You should be haulage. You are yeah yeah vetco star walk in the trench except wouldn't i need to walk. You would walk in the trash you were. I would need to walk you wouldn't they would need to stay. Stay on grounds. That's it none of that for you so i walked down the trench there on the boxes. Maybe i should bring a little if i'm just so confused now into image of you as zach attack yeah. That was the first sky sky high of course i'm film critic that would in fact that those fifteen years ago had a clip because is there was hair like yeah what leads blonde bleached platinum blonde thing. I glowed in the dark if you if if you turn the lights off and look real close you could see glowing but you couldn't in the light. That was one of the sad parts of that character yeah that that's a good that was my first big part yeah and when that happened what happened to you did you. You've got that part and you said i'm gonna make it in this business. It's gonna be great. I don't know if you ever say that. I don't know i don't know if you ever know sixteen and and i i remember getting it. The moment i got the call and i screamed and screamed for some amount of time and it was just the greatest moment of my life screaming screaming with my friends. I was just screaming but you know i did think this is the real version of my dream. This is a big real movie. You know it's not a play. It's a in connecticut is doing small plays a little short films student films and things but this this was like a real. I was gonna get paid like real real money and <hes> go do it in l._a. You know so that that did feel like the moment where maybe i thought oh. Maybe i'm i keep doing this but i don't think you ever know that you're gonna well connect you going to that's never going to be eh. What happens it's going to be do. I get another job exactly who i ever work again. That's part of the deal. Exactly you have to get. I used to it. I can't get used to it. It's like it's not i never well. I guess maybe right now. I feel like the shows come out and and we're we're gonna have another seasons so that's technically another job. Oh and they'll be h._b._o. Will be just wheeling wheelbarrows full of money to your door to what happens season three. Oh wow cool yeah and you cash. He warned his show that about this great wealth and you grew up and knowing your father you know so there. There must have been up to billions that you grew up yeah. The also votes both before five yachts. I can't remember when we were young. When your father author craig brown did design some of the great album covers of our time he designed the sticky fingered stevie wonder you know he did all of that a big big time people but now being the jealous bastardy is he's become an actor yeah after your job. He started. I why he started started for. He's the reason that i started to give him his son. Come and sit down next to me and i'm gonna tell you he he said. I don't have anybody to run my lines with for this audition. We read them with me. I don't wanna talk to my voice memo anymore. So i was was just learning how to read six seven down. I wanna go outside and play you know. Please let me go outside. No sit here and read. These me helped me prepare child. It was really intense bar jail me repair repair. I have a big audition but there was a great encouragement of you to do this. Yes they're getting get good critiques from him. Yeah yeah i do i do. I think i think yeah i think he tells me that i'm good. Critique isn't good then. You need to have some honest response. I should have them. Write an article for for me or something right up nice document to build. You know this kind of thing because you did that you had t._v. Shows <hes> ten things. I hate about about you know. You're really good at comedy but i've seen you play really creepy horrible people as well <hes> stanford prison experiment fair menu. This guard red state. What goes on when you get apart like that. You look to break it up. Do you say don't want to be funny now. I want to be something yeah. I well. I don't know i think i always liked being funny. I eh but i usually i got a lot of rules where i played a good guy good ernest fella and so when those parts came along. I thought this is a really a good opportunity to look at those darker parts of myself and show some colors off that i haven't gotten to show before stanford prison was was interesting because is a lotta. My friends were in that movie so i got to just treat them. Horribly always a good thing yeah yeah so just got to yell at them and force them to do things and fight fight them like ezra miller. He and i were wrestling a lot in that movie and that was really fun just sort of bashing into each other. I like those opportunities where you just get to. I don't know i get to be meaner. Tougher have amine side dip yeah and and how does it manifest itself no no sorry. I'm sorry i'm sorry even didn't seem so me. No no wasn't wasn't before. I go to a couple of questions from the world of the internet. Oh my gosh they're here. I have to ask you about your music career. Oh wow because that must be discussed. Cool devoted are you to it. What is it <hes>. I love i love. I love to write songs. I love to sing. Gosh i just remember you're going to have yeah yeah so i was just at a great song you though so we'll stay to the end but are you. Do you go on a tour with the band. Since succession started like it's been tougher to do music becomes it's okay you know i understand just greg it does and brain space the whole rockstar thing will come later. Yeah i can do it into my thirties. Forties right look mick jagger hundreds. There's there's no stopping it but i do love it. I love i love music. It's it's something that i think about all the time but it's not right now in my periphery but but i i yeah i love doing and i love making stuff and <hes> yeah so good. We'll see. I hope i hope i get to we'll see in a minute when you when you think on but right now let's take a couple of questions from the world outside from mike h. What is your favorite seeing you filmed for succession my favorite scene. I filmed for succession <hes> very good reading. What's my favorite scene for success. What is my sorry going to do that whole bit. It was done minutes. I think there was a scene where sure i was really high on the patio during the thanksgiving episode last season where matthew comes out and he tells me i'm going to have to shred the documents and and i really liked playing. I liked playing drugs. That's always fun. Actually the scene where i got such can integral part of your life. I guess and e._s. Wanna play it on screen right. You bring right now. I i get that. We want to bring in who we are too. Yeah mike satisfied with that. That should be good and then yeah. I also liked other drugs scenes snorting. The cocaine with kendall was really was really fun. There's a theme here. It's great okay. Let's throw one. I'm greg greg. Did that would venture another question now from terence k of the three roy siblings. Who do you think would be best to lead waste because i guess schiff i think shift. I think we need a female c._e._o. When a company company like this we need some tenderness you know it's not that tender but he's not at all but you know i think she has her moments and <hes> and i think she has. We need a female perspective all right. It's time time for the song. Oh gosh come on you to hold over. People sat in that chair who sang their heart out. We'll have this one song. It's kind of old song okay so you didn't write it. I didn't read it but it goes happy birthday on the it's your birthday but to have the birthday birthday. They're happy birthday to you all very very move but at the same time that was such a cop out you know it was it was nice and it's rare air to see any of your roles. Do something so really nice. Yeah you know so you want. Something meaner removed this but the next time you're on. We're gonna gonna do some kind of rock and roll something sexy version of mama. I promise thank you bye.