A stunning new ABC mini-series is illuminating the political situations around the country– and illuminating the personal lives of its actors.
‘Succession’ stars Nicholas Braun as protagonist Connor Donaghy, a loudmouthed music business mogul who is shown as a shocking disappointment to his children after leaving the company he founded in his absence to care for his ill wife. The sibling rivalry, beginning at age 3, depicts the family tearing itself apart in the name of professional success.
One family wrangles with an education system that looks to the past for a role model; another must do battle with a cash-flush developer in order to win seats in the House; and the third remains a mere placeholder for a potential dynasty. All storylines become intertwined with a comical, perhaps misanthropic touch, which one family member comments “makes you start asking: Do any of us really know how to be a good man?”
But the dramatized storytellers of this story are none other than Alex and Zach Braff who wrote, directed and produce ‘Succession.’
Do they know how to be good men?
Braun revealed to Fox411 that while ‘successions’ is realistic, the Braff brothers were out to make a fun show.
The actor said the Braff brothers allowed him to play the part just like a fool.
“Here’s a guy that has a full head of hair, completely, in his acting face. So I had to spend time in front of the mirror convincing myself that I could play a man with this bald head and go make a fool of myself. My relatives who watched the show, they all come out in freakouts, like, ‘Is he really there? Is he really acting like that?’” Braun said with a laugh.
But the comedian’s real relatives wouldn’t mind someone missing his show.
“My cousins growing up, they don’t care if I’ve been acting for 10 years, it’s just embarrassing to them,” Braun said. “They literally feel unsafe all the time because we always joke that a vampire could come back and find them in their beds with 20 guys.”
“Severance, that’s all it takes.”