This week, we had the privilege of sitting down with Scottish actor Brian Cox to discuss his new film, Churchill.

The wartime British PM is just one of a number of notable roles in the prolific and versatile actor’s filmography. He’s played Stalin, Victor Hugo, Hannibal Lecter and X-Men’s William Stryker, to name but a few. Cox has also worked with some of the best filmmakers in the business, including Michael Mann, Spike Lee and David Fincher. So we had to ask: how does he choose his projects and is there a particular director he’d love to work with?

“It’s the next kid on the block,” he says. “I’ve been very lucky working with people at the beginning [of their careers], like Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and Rupert Wyatt. I’ve been very blessed in that way. There’s also a wonderful Icelandic director, Dagur Kari, and this fantastic Norwegian director, André Øvredal, who I just did a film with called The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a really scary movie – he’s such a great director.

“So these are the guys – and gals, I’d actually like to work with more women but there’s just not enough coming through – that I want to work with. I’m not thinking, ‘I’d love to work with Martin Scorsese’. I wouldn’t mind working with him but I’m more interested in the fresh talent, the people who come in from a different angle and contribute so much – and at the beginning of a career, the beginning of a path.

“That’s what really appeals to me as an actor. It’s the thing that’s kept me in the moment. Sometimes you can meet a young director and they can be a pain in the arse. But a lot of the time they have something unique to say, and that’s wonderful.”

Churchill is in cinemas on June 8.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.