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How James McAvoy survived playing 24 different characters in Glass

If you think playing one role as an actor is daunting, you’d be right. But add 23 more into the mix? Well, that’s just ludicrous.

But for James McAvoy, that was just another day’s work on the set of Glass, the third in thrilling trilogy helmed by plot twist-master M. Night Shyamalan. 9Honey Celebrity sat down with McAvoy in New York City in January to chat about the great physical and mental toll it took on him to play 24 intensely different roles, including the sadistic predator known as The Beast.

In Glass, the 39-year-old UK actor reprises his role as the disturbed serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumb, who we first met in 2016’s Split. He’s back, and still on a kidnapping and cannibalistic rampage, but he’s being hunted by the Philadelphia vigilante David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis), who miraculously was the sole survivor in a horrific train accident orchestrated by the diabolical Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) in 2000’s Unbreakable.

Nineteen years after Unbreakable, we find Dunn and Crumb going head-to-head in a mental institution, and of course, they’re joined Mr. Glass, who has a dangerous plan to show the world who they really are — superheroes (or in Mr. Glass’ case, a supervillain).

But taking on Crumb and his various personality was no easy feat for McAvoy, he revealed.

“There was a lot of taking a nap at lunchtime,” the star joked.

“Just doing that many characters would be tiring enough, but quite a few of them, not just The Beast, but Hedwig is literally bouncing off the walls in a lot of these scenes.”

See the video interview at the following link: Celebrity.Nine.Com