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.”
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.