Succession star Brian Cox has told Sky News the Hollywood actors’ strike could get “very unpleasant” and may not be resolved until the end of the year.
The industry looks set to effectively shut down after actors decided to join an existing walkout by writers.
It means many hit TV shows and movies will have to stop production.
Cox told Sky News: “It’s a situation that could get very, very unpleasant. It could go on for quite some time. They’ll take us to the brink and we’ll probably have to go to the brink.
“So it may not be solved… until towards the end of the year.”
The strike is over pay, conditions and concerns over the use of artificial intelligence (AI) – something Cox compared to the “bogeyman”.
Cox, 77, familiar to millions for his role as media mogul Logan Roy, said the rapidly advancing technology could lead to a fall in standards.
He said the actors’ strike was “mainly in support of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) – because without the WGA, the writers, we have nothing… That’s why we have shows like White Lotus, like Succession…”
Writers have been striking for the last few months, seeking concessions such as higher minimum pay and more writers per show.