Actor Kieran Culkin has taken on many intriguing roles throughout his career, but none of them come close to offering viewers a unique experience like that of Roman Roy. Everything from his depraved behavior to his lackadaisical mannerisms makes the “Succession” persona one to watch out for in each entry.
To create a persona with the unsettlingly hilarious charm that Roman possesses, the writers and Culkin could not accomplish such an endeavor on their own. The result would revolve around collaboration between the two parties, something that the actor claims was crucial to mastering the role.
“I read the page, it feels right, and if it doesn’t, then I will express myself, and then it feels like I’m heard in this collaboration,” Culkin said in an interview with Gold Derby. “It’s not a struggle. I’m never fighting to make sure I have a voice. I’m never fighting to try to understand who this guy is. We all seem to have a really good understanding of what it is, and we all have a lot of trust.”
The trust and their combined efforts have resulted in Roman Roy being guilty of committing some of the worst acts by a “Succession” character. He is also one of the most ruthless and least loyal. In addition, Culkin’s Emmy nominations prove their work has paid off, and while co-star Jeremy Strong would have probably done well playing Roman, Culkin is the successful choice for “Succession.”