Billy Crudup took the Critics Choice’s best supporting actor award last night for his role as the chaos-loving news division chief in ‘The Morning Show.’
From an early appreciation in Bustle “Cory Ellison On ‘The Morning Show’ Isn’t A Real Person, But He’s A Familiar Type” (spoilers alert):
Cory Ellison, a network head with slimy charisma, is one of the most interesting parts of The Morning Show. The new Apple TV+ series is loosely based on Brian Stelter’s 2013 book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, but the cast has been pretty insistent that all of the characters are fictional — including Cory. Still, star Billy Crudup, who plays him, said he was drawn to the character exactly because he felt so familiar.
“[Cory] was a guy that I felt like I’ve seen a lot in New York…. Hyper-ambitious, really aggressive, and thinks that everybody is in the middle of the game that he is playing,” he said during an interview on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “And so he’s kind of like a lion tamer, and this is the three-ring circus to him.”
In the show, Cory is arrogant and bold. He never gets intimidated, and in fact seems emboldened by the anarchy that he creates. Even when — after Alex (Jennifer Aniston) goes rogue and announces Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) as her new co-anchor — Cory’s boss chews him out, he gleefully exclaims, “Chaos — it’s the new cocaine, Fred!” According to Crudup, this is, unfortunately, because Cory tends to always be right.
“Since Cory has nothing but evidence that his version of [economic] growth works, then there’s no reason he shouldn’t be as confident and cocky and capable of his own aptitude — which he is,” the actor told BUILD Series.
There’s a YouTube of Crudup’s acceptance speech in which he thanks, among others, Apple, but the sound track is out-of-sync. Better is his speech on shareholder value in the BUILD series referenced above:.
My take: A brilliant marriage of part and actor. I couldn’t look away.
See also (ironically): Why the critics panned Apple TV’s ‘The Morning Show’