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The Scottish star of Atonement meets Tolstoy in Oscar-nominated drama The Last Station.
By Nick Dent

Your Last Station co-stars, Dame Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, have been nominated for Oscars. Jealous?
It’s fantastic. Thoroughly deserved. We’ll all be sitting around the telly cheering them on.

Tolstoy [Plummer] was not just a Russian national hero but the most famous novelist in the world. You play Valentin Bulgakov, his young secretary. What research did you do?
The diary was the biggest resource. I’ve not played many real people before and I’ve not played anyone who’s kept a diary before, and it’s an incredible thing for an actor. I only want to play people who’ve kept diaries from now on.

Valentin bursts into tears on meeting Tolstoy…
It’s like if you had some kid working in an election office in Boise, Idaho, and all of a sudden he’s told that he gets to be Barack Obama’s assistant. It’s that huge for him. It really did feel like he’d ascended to the next stage of human consciousness by being around his hero. But also, Valentin [represents] Russia. He had to portray the way the Russian people felt about Tolstoy.

He’s caught in the crossfire between Tolstoy and his wife Sofya [Mirren], whose marriage broke down at the end of his life over his political views.
I kind of understand Countess Sofya. Tolstoy was a funny one. I think he was a fuckin’ dick! If he was living the way he told everybody to live and really walked his talk, fair enough, but he didn’t. He wasn’t a vegetarian, he did live in a fuckin’ spectacular private property, he had servants and as much as he railed against it he didn’t actually change any of it. He had 13 kids by his wife, and god knows how many more by other women.

Read any Tolstoy?
I read War and Peace – most of it! I couldn’t get through the whole thing to be honest.

What’s it like working with Dame Helen? We hear she’s very flirty.
Yeah, she’s got a little twinkle in her eye! But you never feel like she wants a bit of it, you know what I mean? She just enjoys a laugh. I have to say the entire cast, we did have a fuckin’ brilliant, brilliant laugh on this film.

Chris Plummer is a great actor, best known for The Sound of Music. Any jokes on set?
The only thing I got past him was calling him ‘Baron von Tolstoy’ a couple of times. I don’t know if he liked it!

Your wife [Anne-Marie Duff] is in the film too. You must be excited to have a baby on the way.
Very excited! All the usual nerves, but we’re very excited.

You’ve just completed The Conspirator. How was it being directed by Robert Redford?
The weirdest thing about Robert is that he forces you to call him ‘Bob’. It’s a bit like calling Prince Charles ‘Chuck’.

Rumours are rife on the internet that you’ve been cast in The Hobbit. Are you Bilbo Baggins?
No, I’m not. I can tell you that for a fact.

The Last Station screens from 1 Apr

Source: TimeOut



James McAvoy: superhero! Though I never thought I’d see the day, I’m excited to report that McAvoy has been cast in X-Men: First Class as a young Charles Xavier!
The Scottish thespian will play the man who will become Professor X (you know, prebaldness, pre-Magneto battling) in the prequel, which Matthew Vaughn will direct.



I know I haven’t posted any recent updates, but I’ve been catching up on my McAvoy movies. I’ve found a channel on youtube that actually has quite a bit of the early part of James Career. I have most of james filmography, but could never get my hands on his early days so I thought I would share with you on what I found if you too haven’t catched up on your James McAvoy early days.

http://www.youtube.com/user/maytaya

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USA Today has your first look at Robert Redford’s new film, ‘The Conspirator,’ starring ‘Atonement’ star, James McAvoy. According to the paper, the film follows the search for a small group of Confederate sympathizers who aided in the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater.

McAvoy plays a Union soldier who agrees to defend the owner of a boarding house’s, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), son who was the main conspirator trying to escape the manhunt.

Source: Indyposted



James and Anne-Marie

Souce: Herald Sun (by Neala Johnson)

JAMES McAvoy is getting his roof fixed.

“That really, really superstar-y, film star s—,” he says.

The sweary Scottish actor – “My imagination is badly-fuelled and I seem to be swearing instead of searching my vocabulary” – has more than just a dull off-screen life to explain his roof-fixing.

He and his wife, fellow actor Anne-Marie Duff, are expecting their first child.

“We were sitting here in the rain happily dealing with it, and with the kid on the way we thought we better stop being wet-headed,” McAvoy cracks.

McAvoy, 30, was to be jetting off right about now to Canada to make I’m With Cancer, a dramedy he was co-headlining with Seth Rogen.

But with the birth on the horizon, McAvoy has pulled out. It’s not the first time McAvoy has chosen real life over Hollywood. Look at his resume – for a popular, well-regarded actor, he’s squeezed in just one film a year since Atonement in 2007.

There’s been a bit of theatre in that time, he argues, but it’s also a case of “just wanting to take it easy”.

“There was a time a couple of years ago where the next like four years of my life was planned, and I just went, ‘Woah-ho! Stop stop stop stop stop’,” he explains.

“I went, ‘F— it I’m gonna go and do a play and do no films for a little while’. My life was getting planned for me, and that was a bit annoying.”

He was worried too, especially after doing the big-bang action flick Wanted, that he might get stuck on a Hollywood rollercoaster.

“And it wouldn’t have even been as fun as a rollercoaster,” McAvoy says.

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Souce: Scottish Actors

James is featured in the March 2010 issue of GQ Germany.

The blog Scottish Actors has some outtakes. There also one more photo at photographer Roger Moenks’ website.





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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Replace James McAvoy in Cancer Comedy MTV Movies Blog is reporting that James McAvoy has dropped out of the previously titled I’m With Cancer due to personal reasons. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will step in to star alongside Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick.

Source: BuzzSugar



The Hollywood beauty starred as a deadly assassin in the first film, alongside Scottish actor James McAvoy, who recently revealed producers have been working on plans for a sequel.

Jolie wasn’t expected to return for a second film as her character appeared to die at the end of the original movie, but new reports suggest the actress was wanted for the follow-up and her decision not to take part has forced producers to scrap the project altogether.

According to New York Magazine’s Vulture movie blog, bosses at Universal would rather cancel the sequel than recast Jolie’s character.

Jolie is said to have turned down the project to star in Alfonso Cuaron’s new space thriller Gravity, about the lone survivor of a space mission who is desperate to return to Earth to see her daughter.

Source: Hollywood.com



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