Last month, James was in Nylon Guys and he did an article.
On his career:
“For a long time, I was playing the normal guy in an exceptional world, or the normal guy who was in a relationship with someone much more weird and interesting. I was holding the audience’s hand, guiding them into a world they weren’t familiar with, keeping them onside when things got grotesque….Basically I was letting everybody else do the fireworks.”
On his past roles:
“The last two or three years have been so unlike what I was doing for the 10 years before them…. There’s a part I’ve been offered and really want to do, but I was worried about taking it because the character is a proper mental case. And I feel like it’s been a couple of years of solely playing mental cases,” says McAvoy citing roles in Welcome to the Punch, Trance, and Filth. “A cry-wanking scene is the struggle to live, in a single moment.”
On his role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:
The Scottish actor says he initially turned down the starring role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby because its subject matter was “too close to the bone” for someone whose life was the picture of domestic bliss. “Then two or three years later….they had something like four days to save the film, so they came back to me. At that point, my kid wasn’t brand new anymore, so that made it a bit more feasible.