On May 09, whilst promoting “X-Men: Apocalypse”, James McAvoy appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” alongside co-star Jennifer Lawrence, comedian Jack Whitehall, actor Johnny Depp and musician Wyclef Jean. Screen captures of the show have now been added to the gallery.
Written by Mouza on December 04 2015
James and his ‘Victor Frankenstein’ co-star were on GMB recently, and they talked about what their relationship is actually like. When asked about each other’s worst habits, Daniel said James could be intimidating on rehearsals, and James stated Daniel was annoyingly professional. Watch the video below.
Written by Mouza on September 04 2015
Last month, 20th Century Fox debuted the first trailer for the revisionist thriller Victor Frankenstein (watch it here!). The horror movie is heading to theaters on November 25, and to keep its promotional train humming, they have released two videos with the movie’s leading men, James and Daniel Radcliffe. You can watch Daniel’s video on Movie Web, and James’ explanation about Victor below.
Written by Celyn on January 27 2015
James McAvoy isn’t sleeping well. The last time he appeared on the London stage, playing Macbeth two years ago, he would wake every day at 2am or 3am and find it impossible to drift off again. Now, as he returns to the Trafalgar Studios to star in Peter Barnes’s antic 1968 satire The Ruling Class, the same thing is happening.
If anything, the demands of this role are even greater than those of the Thane of Cawdor. “Macbeth was more physical than any action movie I’ve done, so I didn’t think I’d have anything to worry about,” he says, rocking back on a chair in a deserted rehearsal room. “But this has turned out more physical still. Not violent – well, sometimes it’s violent… It’ll be a massive workout, really.”
When we meet, on a bone-cold winter evening, McAvoy, 35, has been in rehearsals for a month. He looks lean and a little frayed, grey flecks in his hair. This is the first time Barnes’s play has been revived since it played the West End in 1969. The director Jamie Lloyd, who will shortly spring into the rehearsal room, rediscovered it in an anthology of Sixties plays. There was also a 1972 film version, in which Peter O’Toole took the starring role, but both Lloyd and McAvoy have tried to avoid it.
“I play football sometimes with Patrick Marber and I told him that I was doing The Ruling Class,” says McAvoy, “and he said that he’d played Jack Gurney, my part, when he was at university, when he was at Oxbridge or wherever he was. It seems that loads of drama students maybe do it, but it seems to be that professionally people are scared of doing it. But it’s the right time to tell it now.”
Written by Celyn on January 11 2015
I know I always say this, but James’ interviews on The Graham Norton Show are always my favourite, and this weekend’s was no exception. Screen captures have now been added to the gallery, and click below to see two videos from the show – one when James delivers his outrageous lie to get out of an interview and the other when he does a spot of unicycling with Mark Ruffalo.
Written by Celyn on September 17 2014
James McAvoy passed on playing the part of a grieving young dad in the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in 2010, an easy decision for the actor to make back then. “I’d just had a kid, and I didn’t want to touch a script about a couple that loses a baby,” he says. Two years later, the Australian actor Joel Edgerton was attached to the role, then fell off the project. Director Ned Benson approached McAvoy once more. “They had four or five days to save the financing,” McAvoy says, “and it was two years on from having my kid. It wasn’t as raw, and it didn’t seem so horrific to me at that point.”
Despite his stealthy upward career arc, the fact that McAvoy is now in a position to help secure funding for a sensitively handled major commercial picture comes as some surprise to the actor. “Honestly? If you’d have told me about my career as a wee boy, I’d have been really fucking surprised,” he says. “I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t even think about acting until I was acting.”
McAvoy, a 35-year-old with a sandy complexion and handsome physique, fits comfortably into the transparent 21st-century fame model. He is neither showy nor defensive on the subject of his talent and possesses enough quiet, internal self-confidence to back it up. He left drama school in Glasgow at the end of the ’90s, a time when his native Scotland was precipitously attracting Hollywood’s interest, post-Trainspotting. That he’s never played a relative of Ewan McGregor’s seems like a shortcoming on the part of all casting directors; however, he did get to play the lead in the recent, underappreciated Filth, based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel about a misanthropic, coke-snorting Scottish policeman.
McAvoy and I spend an afternoon talking in the churchyard of a grand, decaying chapel in the East End of London. It’s a scorching, sunny day. He arrives on a motorbike and says his recognition factor is low enough to get away with sitting out in the sun without interruption. This turns out to be true, though he’s partially disguised behind tortoiseshell-framed Ray-Bans. He’s genial to a fault, swears a lot during conversation, and is never stumped for either anecdote or opinion. It’s almost impossible to gauge whether he would be of any use in a fight, a personality trait that has surely proven handy for a dramatic portfolio that has had him racing between playing tough and tender, hero and heartbreaker.