'Succession's' Alan Ruck on Season 3: Expect 'misery, wretchedness and horror'

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After a two-year delay, season three of HBO's "Succession" (T) is finally upon us. 

Actor Alan Ruck — who plays Connor Roy in the Emmy-award winning series — used three words to describe the upcoming season, telling Yahoo Finance that viewers can expect "misery, wretchedness and horror" when the new season begins Sunday. 

The breakout show ended its second season back in October 2019, but, due to production headwinds stemming from COVID-19, filming was put on hold. 

Ruck said shooting the show amid the pandemic was "odd," noting that the cast got tested "all the time" amid tightened protocols, and that protective equipment was required unless filming. 

"The only time the cast took off their masks and their shields was when they were ready to roll," Ruck said, adding that the cast and crew also worked "shorter hours" to lessen exposure. 

"But, you know, as soon as you take the mask off and they say action, it was just like old times," he continued. 

Succession (CREDIT: HBO)
Succession (CREDIT: HBO)

The cast skyrocketed to fame early on in the series — thanks in large part to the characters' witty one-liners and unique personalities. 

At the end of season 2, Connor Roy's presidential dreams (his platform is built around getting rid of taxes) hung in the balance, as his father offered him $100 million to end it. 

For Ruck's part, the 65-year-old star said he drew inspiration from the Trump campaign. "I looked at the previous administration that we had in this country and apparently anybody can become president, so I took that as a little bit of inspiration," he told Yahoo Finance.

As for the status of Connor Roy's own presidential campaign, Ruck hinted that it's not a failed one just yet. 

"Succession" (CREDIT: HBO)
"Succession" (CREDIT: HBO)

"Succession" has been one show that's avoided the binge-watching format — made popular in recent years by streaming platforms like Netflix (NFLX). 

Instead, HBO releases the episodes weekly, which Ruck believes "makes people want us more." 

"There's a certain mystery to that and it keeps people wanting more [versus] when you can just download everything and binge it on a weekend. There's advantages to that, too, but I like the way we do it," he said.

'Ferris Bueller' reboot on the way?

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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 11: The movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", written and directed by John Hughes. Seen here from left, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye and Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller. Initial theatrical release June 11, 1986. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Besides "Succession," Alan Ruck is most well known for his role as Cameron Frye in the 1980s smash hit "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

In the age of reboots — with "Saved by the Bell," "Sex and the City" and "Home Alone" all receiving their own special restarts — Ruck hinted that it might be time for a new "Bueller" film, with the original cast. 

"I just saw Matthew [Broderick] the other day. I think we should, but I think it should be role reversal. I think that [Ferris] should be in a really bad marriage and I should be really successful and I should come pull him out of the doldrums and take him around town," Ruck suggested. 

"I also I thought that they should wait until we were like in our 80s and Cameron should be in the nursing home and Ferris breaks him out and takes him out for a wild night in Chicago," he said cheekily.

"And then at the end of the movie, Cameron dies, but he's happy, you know?"

Alexandra is a Producer & Entertainment Correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alliecanal8193

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