James McAvoy: ‘I am a nerd but I don’t dive head-first into any fiefdom of nerdiness’

James McAvoy has a lovely featurette in the April issue of Esquire UK (the one with Rachel Weisz on the cover), probably to promote one of the bajillion projects he has coming out this year. James is this year’s Tom Hardy – he’s going to be everywhere with at least three new films. Although Hardy got so much buzz because one of his 2012 films was The Dark Knight Rises, and James doesn’t have some huge popcorn film for people to enjoy. Still, it’s always nice to have some McAvoy, right? Some highlights from the interview:

On being a geek at heart: “I am a nerd but I don’t dive head-first into any fiefdom of nerdiness, except for maybe Star Trek.”

On his new film Welcome to the Punch: “Don’t get me wrong. I love British cinema, but there’s also a place for ostentatious, balls-out entertainment.”

On the skill of playing audiences: “Big year, really, for me, in terms of getting to play somebody that challenges the audience more than I have done in the past. As an actor, you’ve got to try and make the audience like you, even if you’re doing bad things. I quite like that dynamic.”

[From Just Jared]

In addition to Welcome to the Punch – a British crime/drama/thriller which will probably be a modest financial success – James also has Trance coming out in limited release soon. Trance is Danny Boyle’s latest film, his first since 127 Hours, and it’s about James’ character heisting a Goya painting for an auction house with the help of Rosario Dawson (who is dating Danny Boyle) and Vincent Cassel. Here’s a clip (it looks good):

And so there’s Trance, Welcome to the Punch, plus some weird “Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” film(s) with Jessica Chastain, AND he’s on stage right now doing Macbeth AND he’s about to start work on X-Men: Days of Future Past. Busy, busy, busy.

Photos courtesy of Esquire UK.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Before you ask, yes I would hit it. A hundred times over. Even in that appalling stripey jacket.

  2. treefingers says:

    Trance looks good and James looks (so) good.

  3. EscapedConvent says:

    Well, I wasn’t going to try to stir things up today, but you mentioned Tom Hardy, & then I saw this:


    There are quite a few ladies here who are married to Tom Hardy, I think….so buckle your seat belts.

    • T.Fanty says:

      I saw that. I slightly hopped on the Tom bandwagon when a puppy got involved. I’m surprised Kaiser didn’t post that yet.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hi, T.Fanty! Delighted to see you here. I know, just throw a puppy into the arms of a cute British guy & it’s curtains for me.

        Nothing sexier than a guy with a puppy. And a baby. And a book, & glasses, & a cardigan….

        Honestly, if they ever take a picture of Cumby with a cocker spaniel or a baby golden retriever…..well…..

        I must say I held it together pretty well when I saw a pic of Cumby posing with an elephant, since they’re my favorite favorite beautiful creatures.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Hello! I actually had an operation yesterday, so I could only engage with CB through a drug-induced fog – which is far less fun than the usual dong-fog that CB usually inspires.

        I’ve seen that elephant pic. It’s cute, but the hotness factor is diminished by that awful fox t-shirt that he seems to think is stylish. I’m starting to think that the lad shouldn’t be allowed to dress himself (or, one might argue, simply dress).

      • EscapedConvent says:

        An operation—God. How are you feeling now? I hope you’re resting & being waited on by the Fantlings, although I realize Baby Ginger Fantling is too young to carry a tray, teapot, teacups, crumpets, etc.

        Yes, Cumby does seem to love his fox T-shirt, also the “bridge” t-shirt that he’s been wearing for ten years. I think it’s sweet that he wears the same things for years—makes him seem like a normal guy, who won’t buy anything new until the old thing falls off.

      • j.eyre says:

        Yikes – speedy recovery, T.Fan.

        Or did you finally decide to splurge on those bolt-ons? They would look great with you new look.

        I shall bring a muffin basket over soon. How are you set for dong sweaters?

      • T.Fanty says:

        @Miss Eyre. I actually did the bolt-ons, a new nose, and butt implants. It’s part of my ambition to become Courtney Stodden. I’ll be beaching my hair and killing my inner child this afternoon, to complete the look.

        @ECon – let us not forget the navy polo shirt and grey hoodie. Thank goodness the CB knitting circle appears to be keeping him in a never-ending supply of dubious socks. One can only imagine the designs he requests for his dong sweaters.

      • allons-y alonso says:

        T.Fanty. Hope all is well after your operation.
        Here is a get well Cumby/sweater combo for you! :)


      • EscapedConvent says:

        @allons-y alonso:

        Sigh…..look at Cumby’s tously curls!

      • Miss Kiki says:

        Fants, congratulations on the new bolt ons, I hope they’re comically large. To help you recover from your operation.


      • T.Fanty says:

        Hurray! Much as I love my hot cardigan wearer in brown knitwear, there is nothing like Sherlock ripping off his scarf to make me stand up in excitement and topple over, crushed by the disproportionate weight of my new comedy breasts.

        Changing the subject, slightly, @allons-y: I just finished season 3 of The Thick of It. I LOVE it and have finally completely forgiven Roger Allam for his terrible Macbeth in 1997.

      • Eve says:


        Bitches thinking they can pass around *MY* husband — yes, yes, it’s for a good cause (T.Fanty’s recovery) but still…I’m the one who’s supposed to do that, not you (EscapedConvent and Miss Kiki — who are the usual suspects but, to my susprise, Allon-y-alonso as well — I never thought you’d do that to me, girl…).


        So disappointed by the lack of respect…

        Disappointed and stabby. Mostly STABBY.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I’d like to go on the record as saying that since watching Parade’s End, I am completely okay with being the mistress and not the wife.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Oh, those infernal butt impants! I was considering them, but the surgeon I consulted said that he couldn’t, in good conscience, make my butt any bigger & instead asked me to donate some of my excess to his other patients.

        I like Cumby’s grey hoodie! I don’t think he ever takes it off. Sometimes I catch him (when he’s here at my place reading poetry) trying to wear it in the shower. Speaking of designs for his socks, I tried to stay calm when he mentioned he wanted to try on a pair of Rob Kardashian’s Designer Socks. I started screaming, & he put on his cardigan (& grey hoodie over that) & left in a huff.

        @Miss Eyre, I know this will sound bizarre, but Cumby mentioned that he would love a pair of socks with Hiddles’ face on it. Lots of tiny little Hiddles faces. Is this even remotely possible? Please advise.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Uh-oh. I hear the sharpening of slutshanks…..

        Eve! Hello! You’re in the neighborhood! Here, let me just shove Cumby into the walk-in closet, and….

        Would you like some tea, My Queen?

      • Miss Kiki says:

        Eve you really shouldn’t be that surprised, when it comes to dong you know that we’re all harlots and backstabbers.
        Today I am far to infatuated with My Viking to even try and steal Cumby from you so this is your fight with Allonsy- the vile betrayer.

      • Eve says:

        @ EscapedConvent:

        I’m a coffee person. And stabby — don’t forget stabby.

        @ Miss Kiki:

        I’m NOT surprised by *your* backstabbing (or EsCon’s, for that matter), but by Allons-y alonso’s! I made the huge, rookie mistake of thinking she was harmless.

        But that doesn’t matter anymore…you all shall pay.

      • T.Fanty says:

        @ECon – you’re making me laugh and it hurts.

        Anyway, Hiddles already bought up all the socks with his face on them. He had to, because the ones with Loki horns made it difficult to wear shoes. In fact, the last time Cumby was at my place, he actually requested Hell’s Angels socks, because, you know, he’s a bad-a$$ biker.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        You can’t stab Fanty today, she’s still healing. Wait until the stitches come out at least.

        I don’t think you should stab me today either, because I have a doctor’s appointment & they will ask me about the stab wounds.

        And although I don’t know what Miss Kiki’s or Alonso’s reasons for avoiding stabbing are, I am sure they are perfectly reasonable.

        Eve, my Cumby-sister, this is why the Harem got started!

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Owww!! I’m sorry I made you laugh, dear. I will try to be somber. You must try to be still & relax, & not shriek while Eve is stabbing me in the back. It is so annoying trying to learn to knit little sweaters & socks for our husband Ben when one of the Sister Wives of Cumby (I thought we had that sorted out) breaks the door down & waves those shanks about.

        Can you check & see if Miss Eyre is driving her ambulance today?

      • Eve says:

        @ EscapedConvent:

        Well, now you’ve just made it really convenient for me (actually, for both of us): it only makes sense I’d stab you today considering you’re already going to see your doctor. You won’t have to schedule another appointment (to treat the stab wounds, I mean).

        See? I’m nice that way :D .

      • T.Fanty says:

        If I’m going to be shanked anyway, I feel that now is the time to point out that my comedy breasts were just a ruse. My operation was actually to have my uterine walls expanded enough to carry the elongated head of a posh alien baby. The invasion begins here.

      • Eve says:

        @ T.Fanty:

        Nah…the “you all shall pay” in my comment referred to the traitors who were trying to pass my husband around.

        But now that you mentioned the real reason for your surgery, I think you may have just cut in the line (for being shanked).

        You know…it may sound like I love shanking people, but no, I don’t. The blood stains are a pain in the ass to remove.

      • j.eyre says:

        Oh for heavens sakes! All of you – just look at this mess! I tend to the Heir and Heiress for a few hours and you are all in a pile on the floor, shanks a-whizzing, nasty names being tossed about like a $2 hooker.

        @Eve – you need to get hold of your husband and tell him if he insists on parading about in scarves and cardigans, these poor ladies cannot be held accountable for their actions. And you – why is he letting you do his dirty work? He’s the alien, can’t he zap them into submission? (But insist he describe each action he takes in painstaking detail)

        @Miss Kiki – get back to your Viking Prince. He has finally cleaned up and is in an absolute maelstrom of women over there and you are here putting a bid in for Jaguar? Look, I am all for a time share with CHemboy but I am not giving him back until you get your priorities straight, Missy.

        @EsCon, T. Fan, allons-y – *tsk, tsk, tsk* Is this what we discussed? Is this how we were going to go about this? Why all the secret meetings at Thornfield and camouflage face paint if you were just going to run in and… I don’t even know what to call this. All my planning and for what? Shame on all of you. Yes, I have the ambulance, yes, I have gauze and whiskey to numb the pain. Yes I have lavender scones and tea and a few scarves I made to coordinate with your open wounds, but know I give them to you in judgement.

      • j.eyre says:

        @EsCon – as for Jaguar’s sock request – are you sure he specified socks? That’s not what we measured when he came in last week. I can absolutely whip up some Hiddles’ faces – piercing each eye with my needle with every stitch might just work out a few demons I have over our breakup. But I will save the requested Loki horns for the socks, the face will go on the dong sweater. And I shall form his mouths into O’s so when little Jaguar comes to attention, Hiddles’ mouths appear to say “who?” incredulously – which is apparently what he is saying about me with how much I have heard from him!

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Does this mean…..you’re going to spare my life? You mean, I’m going to be allowed to crawl away from the slutshanking to go to my doctor? Miss Eyre is coming over with the Thornfield Ambulance to transport me, but let me tell you she is ~pissed~.

        I’ve never seen her so irate. :-(

      • Amelia says:

        *sighes happily*
        I do love it when you ladies get like this.
        Whilst you’re brandishing slutshanks and plotting your plans of attack, I can quietly squirrel away Fassy, Richard Armitage and Liev Schrieber with his shirt off.
        Tea and fondant fancies, anyone? I’m happy to provide refreshments for the forthcoming C/B Hunger Games.
        ETA: Eve, I’m almost willing to completely relinquish my share of Cumby over to you because of your District 9 knowledge!
        (I’m not actually certain I have shares anymore, though. I got eaten alive at the last C/B stock exchange. If I do, it’s probably something like 0.5%).
        If I do sign over my negligable share, can I get immunity from all things gooey and painful?

      • Eve says:

        @ J.Eyre:

        Oh, he won’t do that — motherf*cker is vain and loves the attention (also, the more CBitches willing to have his alien babies, the more successful his alien invasion will be).

        By the way, I’ve tried to steal my alien husband’s weapons and zap you all (not into submission but into a puddle of horny goo), but they’re like those from District 9 — pretty neat and effective, but can only be triggered by non-humans!

      • T.Fanty says:

        Either because of ECon’s sock post, or a possible surreptitious shanking from Eve (she’s *that* good), I have just had to take a Vicodin and am now drifting off into a delightful haze. Either that, or Cumby ‘s Vespa mother-ship heard about my enormous womb and are beaming me up to implant me… I just don’t know anymore….

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Miss Eyre, I am so, so sorry for my part in this disagreeable melee. It has been positively hellish getting stabbed. I realize you have just had the Thornfield Ambulance interior re-upholstered & that this is a very poor time for me to need a ride to the ER. It was supposed to just be a doctor’s appointment, but Eve was much more exhuberant with the slutshank than I expected, & now I’ve been advised that the ER is the proper place to go, as they’re used to treating slutshankings.

      • Eve says:

        @ EsCon:

        You mean, I’m going to be allowed to crawl away from the slutshanking to go to my doctor?


        @ Amelia:

        District 9 is one of my all time favourite movies — actually, the only movies that really impressed me in the last 8 years or so were District 9 and A Prophet.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Fanty, I am glad to hear you’re drifting off into a painkiller haze (I love those) because—trust me, you do not want to be on the receiving end of Miss Eyre’s wrath. She showed up here wearing a full-length apron (& a snood over her hair) & she was absolutely terrifying. Yet, she still managed to be ladylike, as she sideswiped two police cars due to her taking her hands off the wheel for a moment to shake her finger in my face.

      • Eve says:

        @ Amelia:

        “If I do sign over my negligable share, can I get immunity from all things gooey and painful?”

        Not only that, but you also get a little present from me in return:


      • T.Fanty says:

        I’m just frightened she’s going to send me up into the red room. I’ve heard it’s haunted with the ghosts of dongs past.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Eve, my dear, thank you for allowing me to go on living. It’s exactly this kind of cooperation that Cumby & I have been hoping for! (His “people” have been concerned that the Cumber Games might get…..aggressive, & cause negative publicity right before Star Trek premieres.) Miss Eyre told me on the way to the hospital that if we could all just get along, she would have everyone over for a nice tea party/orgy at Thornfield. But you *cannot* bring the shanks!

      • j.eyre says:

        I have had my tea and I am feeling a little more myself. I apologize for my behavior earlier – it’s just with the breakup and the booming sweater business, I haven’t been myself. Not to mention a full day of uninhibited, shank-free, marathon sexcapades with not one but two yesterday left me feeling a bit, well, wild.

        I think the thing that really set me off is that you all were having a full on battle for Jaguar Holmes on The Mac’s post. Instead of blood shed, we should be passing The Mac around like a peace pipe.

        T. Fan – I have no Vicodin but I shall take another belt of my medicinal whiskey in solidarity.

        EsCon – come here dear, your hat is askew.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Haunted by ghosts of dongs past?!

        Miss Eyre is coming by to check your prescription bottle. She is a bit cross with all of us today, so whatever you do, don’t provoke her! I’d rather not hear that damn ambulance siren any more today.

      • T.Fanty says:

        @ Miss Eyre,

        I’ll send a stage-coach over with some of my meds. They taste excellent when dunked in whiskey. In fact, I’ll bring a batch (and The Batch) over for the party. that’s my peace offering.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        I just looked at the Hiddles GIF, & oh my God, if Ms. Kay-Doo sees that….well, there won’t be an ambulance big enough is all I can say. Her fierceness against the CB Hiddles admirers will make the ladies of today’s Cumber-skirmish look like kindergarteners pulling each others’ pigtails.

        But wow, is he cute as a bug’s ear.

      • Amelia says:

        Eve, that gif is GOLD.
        Tch, now I’m going to have to fork out for a pregancy test …

      • j.eyre says:

        Eve! You know how hard this has been for me and you put that up?! How am I ever supposed to get over him this way?

        That’s it – I have the vapors now – are you all happy? I am going to grab a couple of the puppy shots, all the Mac shots, Eve’s gif and CHemboy and take to my bed for a spell. Today has been a bit overwhelming.

      • Amelia says:

        “That’s it – I have the vapors now – are you all happy?”
        Judging from what has been divulged above, I’ll take ‘yes’, for $500, Alex.

      • Eve says:

        @ J.Eyre:

        Sorry, but I had to use him — you bitches were so horny (for my alien-husband) that not even my slutshanks were able to keep you away anymore.

        Since I’m immune to Hiddleston, he is my (not so) secret weapon against you guys.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        I am very sorry to hear about your vapours, darling. Wherever you were when you landed, I hope Mr. Rochester was waiting with the fainting couch. We are all ashamed of ourselves for causing such mayhem, or we ought to be.


        Your Hiddles stratagem was brilliant! & devious & yes….effective.;-)

      • Miss M says:

        @T.Fanty: I wish you a speedy recovery!
        @Eve: What a great strategy you used! I’m afraid I am immune to Tom (Hiddles) too. He is doing nothing for me these days. I was going to raise the white flag, but this convo is so entertaining!
        @j.eyre et al.: you ladies are too much! I am just doing data analysis, but come on! I am still the lab, shouldn’t make me laugh this much… :)

      • T.Fanty says:

        I would just like to point out that IRL, the dong triumvirate of Cumby, Hiddles and Mac, are all in the same room right now, at the South Bank awards. I’ll bet my dong safari and butterfly net plan is starting to look mighty appealing right about now…..

        (P.S. Cumby has also committed to Sherlock, season 4. Hurray!)

      • Miss M says:

        @T.Fanty: Thanks for the info! This may explain why Ms KayDoo is absent today.

      • j.eyre says:

        Hiddles, Jaguar Holmes and The Mac in one room? And it has not spontaneously combusted from their combined presence? How terribly titillating (yes, Agent MOL, that must be why Kay-Doo has been so quiet today).

        Sherlock commences shooting March 18 (14th), n’est pas?

        (ps – Eve, I don’t want your husband or any part of his alien invasion. I only took him the other day because you gave him to me and I will go down on anything save for a Carnival Cruise ship. But wild horses cannot keep me away from Sherlock)

      • EscapedConvent says:

        WHAT?!!! Cumby has committed to a 4th Season of Sherlock? There’s going to be a 4th season of Sherlock?!!

        and *clunk* (onto floor) and goodnight.

      • T.Fanty says:

        EsCon – I think I’ll need to see evidence that season three ACTUALLY exists before I get excited about season four.

        However, if there are pictures of tonight’s event available online, I would like to formally request that CB run a “who would you rather?” item tomorrow, as I am likely to be bedridden again, and will need the entertainment.

      • allons-y alonso says:

        So I came online this morning to check on the thread….and woah, what did I miss? Cos it looked like fun….and a little bloody.

        @Eve: Sorry, girl. I can’t help it if your husband does it for me. Hiddles though is a great distraction.

        @J.Eyre. In response to my comment further down about ‘Neverwhere’ I read somewhere that it is starts on March 16. Must. find. a. way. to. hear. it. down. under!

        See, this is shy i hate living in in Australian Eastern Standard Time! XD

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        British men in cardigans with puppies? Who says you an’t have nice things?

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        The south Bank awards? How do you hear about these things? I hope it is a nice sausage party!

        Good news about Sherlock, yum.

        No biscuit tingles for the Hiddles, but no news there. He’s gone way too emo for me. Is he working on anything new? King of Soho was talked about for awhile, but I heard a rumor that it is ‘t going anywhere.

        I am still sad that I did not get to see Mac in Macbeth when I was in Lindon.

      • Eve says:




        @ T.Fanty:

        “However, if there are pictures of tonight’s event available online, I would like to formally request that CB run a “who would you rather?” item tomorrow, as I am likely to be bedridden again, and will need the entertainment.”

        In that case…a warning to all: do not choose the man above. I repeat: DO NOT CHOOSE the man above.

    • Miss M says:

      @j.eyre: “How terribly titillating” Indeed Ms eyre, indeed!

      @EsCon: Are you OK? Or do you need Cumby to perform CPR on you? I am calling him right now. *looks around* All clear, Eve is not here now!

    • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

      Long time lurker, first time commenter, but I just have to tell you that this whole Hardy/Cumby/Hiddles thread has had me rolling all afternoon. These Slutshank fights the reason the British Gentlemen posts are my second favorite posts to read here (number one goes to the BRF – I always end up learning something). Anywhoodle, I seriously love all of y’all.

      Oh, and Ms. Eyre, did I miss something? Why did you break up with Hiddles? Just curious.

      P.S. Before anyone here thinks they need to sharpen their slutshanks on me … (I’m looking at you, EVE) … I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed and they are all handsome fellows, but at the end of the day, it’s the Southern boys that put the gravy on my lard-filled drop biscuits. I’m just an amused bystander with an extensive first aid kit, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and an understanding grin.

      • j.eyre says:

        Dearest TheyPromised – *sigh* alas, yes, I have left Hiddles on grounds of abandonment… and an overwhelming desire to bag his Asguardian brother currently. However, given the speed of my heart-rate after seeing Eve’s gif, I may not have exorcised that demon just yet.

        Well, I quite like the Jack Daniels part and the upstanding grin is most fetching on you. A first aid kit always comes in handy – as you can see. Yes, I think you will make a fine addition to the CB Games – have you chosen a side yet? If not, please try some of my lovely baked goods. Tell me, do you knit?

        Now, as for those Southern boys… how about some offerings? A molasses-speed drawl and well-placed swagger can set this tutor’s heart a-flutter in no time.

      • Eve says:

        @ TheyPromisedMeBeer:

        It’s much too soon to add your name to the shankable people’s list.

        However, I shall observe your behaviour from now on…*squints while drumming fingers on desk*

      • Miss M says:

        @TheyPromisedMeBeer: I absolutely love your name! :)

        Well, you see…I have not much saying in this matter…The only time I mentioned to slutshank people and to use my capoeira moves was a while ago. But I may take up T.Fanty’s suggestion to create a – “what was called T.Fanty?’ – ah ahhhhhh FrankHiddles (?) in the lab. My strategy is the same as the penguins from “Madagascar” (smile and wave) and bam! Sorry, But I really cannot share the rest of my plans with you, I will just observe you or meant to say let Eve observe you, :) .
        ps: Do try J.eyre baked goods!

      • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

        @ J. Eyre, Eve, and Miss M, just to let you know where I stand – I like all of you so please don’t ask me to choose sides! And like I said, I think those English fellows are nice. But at the end of the day, my country girl shakin’ belongs to mah hubs, Luke Bryan. And my side pieces, Kip Moore and Christian Ponder. And my long time love, Jace Everett. And I always get dibs on Drew Brees. And while we’re talking about the Saints offensive line, throw Mark Ingram in there too. His smile makes me melt and he played for Bama so it totally counts as “Southern”, right? Anyways, what can I say? I love them all, and I’m willing to share and trade custody most democratically (except for the FSU/UF game weekend. Christian Ponder is strictly mine that whole weekend. Its just our thing).

        So yes, thank you for the warm welcome and baked goods, Ms. Eyre! I hope that Southern Boy buffet I just laid out there gives you an idea of what I like (and also gives you something new to check out – I’m telling you, once you hear Luke Bryan talk and/or sing, there is NO TURNING BACK). I will be sending over a couple of pecan and key lime pies with my handy first aid kit and all-purpose bottle of Jack. Something tells me after today’s bloodbath, you, Mr. Rochester, and all those girls in your poor ambulance are going to need a pick-me-up. Oh, and I don’t knit, but I can crochet. Does that count?

  4. ichsi says:

    Reasons why 2013 is a great year for film!
    Trance looks amazing, especially since Boyd seems to be fascinated by McAvoy’s huge baby-blues (who wouldn’t) and put them to their best use.

    You forgot to mention ‘Filth’. It is going to blow the minds of the people who know him as sweet romantic hero!

    Unf! I can’t express my love enough that you keep posting about my gorgeous wee Scottish husband!

  5. Miss M says:

    What a great way to start my day, Thanks Kaiser! Cheers!

  6. allons-y alonso says:

    Let’s not forget that McAvoy (along with Cumby) is also doing a radio play of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant book ‘Neverwhere’.

    Words cannot describe how much I am looking forward to ‘Welcome to the Punch’. ‘Trance’ looks intriguing too. I love heist films.

  7. K.T. says:

    “Yes, yes a million times yes”. Probably the few times I can fully subscribe to sqealing like a wee piggy. He’s fine bonny actor, also, hilarious in interviews. I would +1 him anyday ;-)

  8. andrea says:

    He’s got that right mix of cute and hot. And that’s even before you factor in the Scottish accent. Mmmmmmm…

  9. Missy says:

    He just has IT doesn’t he?

  10. Amelia says:

    I cannot *wait* to see Welcome to the Punch! It looks fantastic and it’s heavily influenced by Hong Kong crime dramas like Internal Affairs.
    Also, an added benefit of living in London; a plethora of theatres to catch a good show at. Apparently he rocks in Macbeth, even though it’s a slightly strange retelling.
    Oh. And he’s grown a ginger beard for it.
    Life made.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Did you see it yet? I’m contemplating a trip home just to check it out.

      • Amelia says:

        Dying of happiness at your new avatar!
        Nope, haven’t seen it yet, but according to someone I know who works in set design, it looks pretty impressive. They managed to sneak into a few rehearsals under the proviso of ‘fixing the lights’. It was only when a gaggle of crew members were crouched at the edge of stage staring at McAvoy covered in blood doing his ‘Tomorrow’ speech that the director began to think something was up ;)
        Links to booking tickets are at the bottom of the review, it runs until the 27th of April.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Thank you! It’s not as graceful as yours, but it makes me happy.

        I’m so envious that you were able to see a little of it. The reviews have been pretty good, and Macbeth is one of my favorite plays. I’m praying that it comes across the pond.

      • Mira says:

        @Amelia – Have you seen the TV version (BBC) of Macbeth which starred McAvoy in the lead role?

      • T.Fanty says:

        The Shakespeare ReTold series? It’s so great – Damien Lewis is in it, too.

      • Mira says:

        T.Fanty, yes, the Shakespeare retold series. I loved it, especially the actor who played Lady Macbeth. She was solid. Lady Macbeth is such a powerful character. It’s usually considered as very difficult to enact. I don’t recall Damien Lewis though. What role did he play?

      • T.Fanty says:

        They did an entire series of them. I believe he plays Benedick in their Much Ado.

      • Amelia says:

        God, how did I not know about this?! Right, well, that’s another boxset going into my Amazon cart.
        Anyone seen Hiddles in the Hollow Crown? (BBC, again. They do like their Shakespeare, those lot. I think they also did Hamlet with David Tennant.)

      • T.Fanty says:

        The Hollow Crown is great – although Hiddles’ Henry V is kind of the weakest link – and can be seen in its entirety on YouTube. The Tennant Hamlet is actually RSC and good, but to be honest, he’s a little old in it (it may be hard to believe from other posts, but I’m an academic theatre historian, so hot men doing Shakespeare is totally my kind of thang).

        The Shakespeare ReTold series is really fun and has some great actors in it. Well worth a look.

      • j.eyre says:

        The ReTold Macbeth was fantastic. I absolutely agree about Lady M – the actress nailed it. And the bonus of a shirtless Mac drink milk from the bottle is forever burned in my brain. Get it Amelia.

        I also loved the whole Hollow Crown Series. I respectfully disagree about Hiddles’ Henry V, however. I know many here did not like his performance. I felt it tapped into the full arc of Hal/Henry. I have seen Henry played as heroic and a strategic genius in the past. Whereas his decision at Agincourt was possibly the only military choice he could make, it is argued his mind had to have degraded to a certain point to not only make and enforce such a decision but to live with it. It was an interesting approach and Hiddles added the right amount of mania, in my humble opinion.

        Turning the acquiring of Catherine into a Lifetime Movie Romance was pure crap, however.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I respectfully disagree. While I loved his Hal, and thought that parts of his Henry were really effective, ultimately, I think that the overarching interiority in the interpretation came at the cost of the great speeches. I’m not advocating for an Olivier style oration, but I don’t think that the big speeches hit where they needed to. That said, I’m not a huge HV fan anyway, and calling it the weakest link was in no means to say that it wasn’t good. I just felt that it fell short when you put it next to H IV and even more so if compared to Ben Whishaw’s near perfect performance.

      • j.eyre says:

        “I think that the overarching interiority in the interpretation came at the cost of the great speeches” – you do have a point here. It may be that we are both coming at this from the same angle in that I do not care for HV much either. As a historian, I always felt Shakespeare got it wrong on this one (nevermind Eve or Kay-Doo, my mother has heard this comment and is on her way down with an anthology which will be used to beat me around the head and shoulders). I liked having more dirt on Henry so I liked the portrayal better. But, to your point, they are some of the greatest soliloquies ever written and the deference, maybe, should be paid to the word, not the motivation.

        His Hall was very good and whereas I am a fan of Mr. Whishaw’s and enjoyed much of his performance for most of Dick II, the final scenes I felt detracted.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I agree. And that’s where the strength lay in the H IV. I don’t think Richard Eyre was afraid of the unpleasant side of Hal. I loved the scene where Henry rejected Falstaff, because it was so cruel – and there were half a dozen moments earlier in which you could see it coming. I think the reading of Henry in HV was a simplification of what had been delivered in H IV. That’s part Shakespeare and part buying into a tradition of Henry that goes back to Olivier and WWII.

      • Bianca says:

        I did NOT know about this Shakespeare retold thing. THANK YOU. Oh my god, I’m so excited.

  11. lmk24 says:

    Did anyone else see him on Top Gear? He is adorable.

  12. L says:

    Ah my one and only celebrity husband. :D

    Super excited for all of these films.

  13. elkiddo says:

    How do i stop my panties from melting?

  14. SusieQ2 says:

    Great actor. Great guy. Great husband and father. What more could you want? Sigh….

  15. mia girl says:

    These pictures a literally making me swoon.

    Oh and Kaiser… “Still, it’s always nice to have some McAvoy, right?”

    BIGGEST understatement of the year.

  16. serena says:

    Damn, he’s so hot. I’d hit him anytime really. We need more McAvoy, Kaiser please!

    Also this photoshoot is somewhat perfect. I’m in awe.

  17. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Recently saw him live playing Macbeth in London. He was fabulous.

  18. Bej says:

    Ahh, yes Kaiser it’s always nice for some McAvoy. I’m beyond excited for a year of movies with my fave wee Scottish husband coming out. Then almost hyperventilated to read from Ichsi that he will be starring in ‘Filth’ A film afaption of an Irvine Welsh novel with James McAvoy, such anticipation!

  19. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    Forever dong. That is all.

  20. Lucrezia says:

    Using the word “fiefdom” kind of automatically outs you as a nerd, right? Could come from a history-buff, a lit-nerd or a D&D geek, but definitely a nerd of some variety.

    (I do say that with nerd-love. In fact, I’m quietly squeeing over the fact he said “fiefdom”, which makes me a total nerd :8)

  21. Bianca says:

    He makes me giggle like an idiot. Sigh.

  22. Jayna says:

    I am a huge fan of his. I haven’t seen him in a while, so it’s great to see he has quite a few movies coming out.

  23. andy says:

    Way to go, Anne Marie Duff!!!

  24. Suzy from Ontario says:

    Love love love him!

  25. Kim says:

    FYI Rosario and Danny Boyle broke up

  26. alison8761 says:

    I do NOT get the attraction, and I seem to be the only one. I’ll watch some of his interviews. His face is just… not good for me. His nose is… so awful.

    I don’t get it. but maybe he’s a grower like Cumberbatch.

    • Adrien says:

      I never really cared for him (even on Shameless)until I watched old episodes of Macbeth on Youtube then “Rory O’Shea Was Here” on cable. Fookin’ brilliant actor and oddly attractive. Then I heard him speak in his Scottish accent, my love for him was cemented.

  27. Miss Jupitero says:

    @tfanty: I wish you a speedy recovery my dear! Drink lots of tea and nibble something sweet!

  28. Kristine says:

    +1 to would hit a million times

  29. Miss Jupitero says:

    Just read up the awards, and noticed that Parades Edge won recognition. I havent seen it yet, bit look forward to it. I was especially happy about Skyfall! Anyone find any pictures of our trio?

  30. ramona says:

    I’m seeing McAvoy in MacBeth in three weeks. I’m so excited!! One of my favourite actors in one of my favourite Shakespearean pieces… hip hip hooray!