Michael Fassbender & James McAvoy’s Details interview: the best thing ever?


Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy did a joint interview with Details to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it is without a doubt one of the cutest, funniest things I’ve ever read. Fassy and McAvoy get along really well – they’re close in age, they’re some of the greatest actors of their generation, they’re both daredevils and they’re both really funny. They tease each other throughout the piece, and you really get a sense that they just enjoy each other immensely. You can read the piece here (I would highly recommend it) and here are some highlights:

James on how much he loves Fassy: “It’s not a contrivance at all. I love the guy. I do mourn your absence sometimes when I’m working with lesser dudes.”

Fassy on why he announced he wasn’t doing Oscar campaigns: “It takes five to six months to go and do a campaign, and that’s fine, but I would prefer to make the movie and tell another story. And that’s all I meant by that. It’s not like, ‘Oh God, this is a drag and I can’t be bothered with this.’ It’s not that at all, and I don’t want to take away from anybody who does it, because that’s not what I meant. Basically, what I’m saying is, I think we live in such a politically correct time at the moment. It almost feels like the fifties again. People are so quick to judge and pick on something that you say. The fact of the matter is, of course it affects you—because of course everybody likes approval, that’s just human nature—so you’d be lying to say it doesn’t. Like James said, it’s nice to hear your name called out.”

Fassy on Lupita Nyong’o winning the Oscar: “I actually had predicted the way it went. I thought it would get best film. And I did sort of call the Lupita thing. I was pretty sure she’d get it, and I was so happy she did… And I wasn’t there! I went outside to go to the toilet. Yes. I was taking a piss. And I did have a sneaky vodka tonic. But I got totally caught out, because I was thinking that category was going to be way down the line. And then, of course, you can’t get back in until it’s a commercial break, so I watched it backstage. I felt pretty embarrassed about that.”

McAvoy on playing posh English blokes: “For the first five, six, seven years of my career, nobody even knew I was Scottish. Everybody thought I was posh English. Even Scottish people. Because it’s all I did on TV, it’s all I did in movies. State of Play, costume dramas, Becoming Jane, Atonement. And I was doing all right for myself—I got a real kick out of the fact that what was getting me somewhere was that I was able to pretend to be these c–ts that had annoyed me so much earlier in my life.

McAvoy on his wife & son: “I’ve been nesting since I was about 24, mate. You just choose the things you want to keep private and keep them precious. And if you sell them cheaply, then they become cheap to you also.”

McAvoy on working with Angelina Jolie in Wanted: “It is amazing, seriously, and I am thrilled about it. [Laughs] I kissed f–king Angelina Jolie. Yes, we had a bit of a snog. I am sure Brad Pitt’s deeply unthreatened, deeply unmoved, and probably reassured in his masculinity. Probably.”

McAvoy on Jennifer Lawrence: “Jen’s a demon, man. She’s a demon, period. She can throw a punch, she’s got a good shot, she can drink. She’s proper. I like that girl.”

[From Details]

If I had to choose, I think McAvoy is probably funnier than Michael, but there’s something about Michael that brings out the wild, fun side of James. I loved that James was talking up Jennifer Lawrence, and if you go to Details, James tells a hilarious story about Ian McKellen stroking his face for three minutes straight while fish cakes sizzled on the stovetop. This was brilliant!



Photos courtesy of WENN, Details.

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  1. Audrey says:

    This is almost too much to handle on Monday morning!

    McAvoy is the best

  2. blue marie says:

    Reading this just made my morning, love it!

  3. Sixer says:

    I think they should both be informed of quite how proper IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII am. I’m so proper. Really. Propererer than anyone could even imagine.

    • Kali says:

      I know what’s happening in your head, Sixer, and I know that THAT is not proper… ;)

    • mia girl says:

      I challenge you to a proper duel Sixer, because no one is getting in my way when it comes to McAvoy. Pick your proper weapon and let’s get on with this.

      That is unless you will be happy to just have Fassbender. In which case, carry on.

    • Sixer says:

      I’m so proper I can duel at dawn. Have at it, Mia!

    • mia girl says:

      I accept our meeting at dawn, but there is still the choice of weapon to decide…

      What do the English consider proper for this occasion (the occasion being trying to impress and then have wild sex with these men)?

    • Sixer says:

      Knitting needles or crochet hooks?

      (I was tempted to suggest something from the Anne Summers catalogue, but the victor might want to hold such items in reserve for use later).

    • Isadora says:

      If you are both duelling over McAvoy, I’ll just silently snatch Fassbender away (proper or not), thanks.

    • Sixer says:

      So long as you return him the moment he gets a new beard, that’s fine.

    • mia girl says:

      Knitting needles hmmm… I was thinking more along the line of ice picks.
      That way the victor could use the losers’ pick to get fresh ice for McAvoy’s celebrtory scotch.

      But, now thinking about it, you will no doubt be a formidable opponent. Perhaps a better plan is to call a truce, where you get Fassbender first, I McAvoy.

      Then when it comes time to switch, I use the ice pick to “kill a spider” on your back… unwittingly killing you in my act of bravery. So sorry.

      @Isadora can take Fassbender and McAvoy is back to being exclusively mine. And you get to die knowing your last moments on earth were tousling with Fassbender. We all win!!

    • LadySlippers says:

      Did you just get your bloke fix?!???

    • Sixer says:

      I think I just got ice picked! Blimey o’Reilly. That’s never happened before. I’m a lyric from a Stranglers song!

      • LadySlippers says:

        Shall I back you up with my wooden paddle?

      • Sixer says:

        You have a wooden paddle? Excellent!

        Mia! You’re toast!

      • mia girl says:

        I had no idea we could call back up! That is not the “proper” way to settle this!
        ~Runs away into the mountans, dragging McAvoy behind me as LadySlippers tries to defend her picked friend~

      • Sixer says:

        *trips over extensive bandaging, catches up regardless, deploys wooden paddle, knitting needles AND crochet hooks*

        Mia’s definitely toast now.

  4. Mia4S says:

    That interview is perfection. I hope the movie is a massive hit just so they can keep working together. ;-)

  5. Diana says:

    I just love Mc Avoy. That’s it.

  6. Lilyvanilli says:

    My husband just caught me mid perve. Damn …….fine pair.

  7. ashley says:

    I love what McAvoy said about his wife and son,it’s so true.

    • LadySlippers says:

      It is. I really is.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Absolutely loved what he said too! McAvoy is sexy in so many ways. He comes across as intelligent, articulate, funny, and, seriously, not stuck on himself even though he must own mirrors….lucky damn mirrors (they see him everyday…and naked!).

      • LadySlippers says:


        I’m trying to get your attention!

        And co-sign everything you said.

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    Happy! More McAvoy, please!

    • LadySlippers says:

      Pssst Lilac, you have to start conversations so we can show them we like our men: hot and gingered! It’s all about the numbers.

  9. Maria says:

    James is spot on about his privacy and what’s important.

    I’m glad Michael clarified on his not campaigning for the Oscar, maybe now, people will shut up about him acting like a brat because he opted to focus on the work before him.

    • Tatjana says:

      We all know he meant something else when he first said it. He got a bit of backlash and now he’s covering up.
      I like both of them, James a bit more.

      • Talia says:

        No. People who want to believe he meant something else will continue to think he meant something else. The rest of us who understood what he meant because he said it quite clearly, as he is saying it now, will know that he wasn’t being some kind of brat when he said it.

      • Maria says:

        Nope, he straight up said he didn’t have the time to fly back and forth and didn’t want to deal, the rest of ya’ll ran wild with it.

      • LadySlippers says:


        Maria and Talia are correct, people raked him over the coals for his decision not to campaign even when provided with the info he had no time to properly do it. There were other quotes that pointed out how heartbroken and emotionally taxing it was — I never read anything that remotely supported the idea he threw a temper tantrum.


        I love your name!


        I’m glad he clarified as well. People too often jump to conclusions without knowing the full story.

    • Addison says:

      Yeah well I knew what he meant because I actually read rather than react. People who want to create controversy chose to see things differently.

      These two together are the best. In promoting First Class I fell in love with this friendship. They are so cute together. They should work together more so we can have more of these interviews. At least we know there is one more for sure.

  10. mia girl says:

    That crotch-shot angle photo of McAvoy is EVERYTHING.

  11. starrywonder says:

    Ha! Lovely article and cracking up about the Ian McKellan story.

  12. LadyRay says:

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCK. My two favorite guys. 3some please!

    *ovaries exploding*

  13. Meredith says:

    I think Fassy did a better job in the film than Lupita in that it was more memorable when the film was over because he was so intense and overpowered anyone else that was in a scene with him so I was surprised he didn’t win but I think its lame you have to campaign for an award when your film should do the talking for you. Lupita though is gorgeous and I’m happy she is bringing everything she is to the stale establishment that has been Hollywood the past few years. Aside from the Met ball outfit, she cannot fail.

    I love this interview and James is hilarious.

    • Sam H xx says:

      I thought Michael, Lupita and Chiwetel were the stand out performances in 12 years a slave. Such ashame Michael didn’t win. I’ve never seen any of Michael’s body of work, this was one of the first movies I’ve seen of his and I genuinely found his character really scary, terrifying and a monster. I did walk away really impressed by his performance.

      James & Michael, wouldn’t mind being in the middle of that man-sandwich lol. I sense a sweet little bromance between these two.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Chiwetel gave, IMHO, one of the best performances I have ever seen. Period/Full Stop. I watched almost all the lead actor/actress nominated movies and Bruce Dern and Idris Alba (who was, shamefacedly, NOT nominated) gave equally wonderful performances.

        If I had to pick, it’d be Chiwetel over Idris by just a hair. But only a hair.

      • Sam H xx says:

        @LadySlippers – you know what I was absolutely delighted when Chiwetel won that BAFTA! :) I was so happy for him because he deserved to be acknowledged for his beautiful performance as Solomon. Agree with you about Idris Elba, I was surprised by his performance as Mandela and Naomie Harris blew me away.

        I loved all three performances in 12YAS that I couldn’t pick!

    • Lucretia says:

      I agree with Meredith that Fassy was better than Lupita, but I’m also glad that she has her chance. Fassbender made Slow West and Macbeth during the time he would have spent campaigning. Instead of being angry with him, people should be angry that the six-month “oscar campaign” is required. No wonder many winners experience a stagnation in their post-oscar career. Fassbender was always perfectly clear about why he wasn’t doing it–he wanted to work, which is usually considered admirable, and he’s “not a politician”–and I never understood the disdain he received for that.
      I love these guys together, and I love them both, but my heart belongs to Fassbender.

  14. serena says:

    Man, I love James.. why are you married James??? Also love their bro-love chemistry!

  15. Isadora says:

    Ah…. those two together are just perfection. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  16. Miss M says:

    The avengers and x-men in one gossip day?!
    Am in Heaven? Someone please, pinch me!

    • j.eyre says:

      yes but who, darling? The Mac? Fassy? Tommyanna? CHemboy? – there are so many from which to choose.

      Why, you could even request your secret crush Cumby to pinch you…

      *jumps out of arm reach of Miss M to avoid punch to shoulder*

      • Miss M says:

        I will pretend you didn’t wear Fanty’s hat for a second and implied a had a crush on Cumby. I’d rather believe you were mocking T.Fanty and her delusional idea that I have a secret crush on Benadryl CucumberBatch (i absolutely love the nickname Michael K gave to him). Hahahahahahaha

      • j.eyre says:

        I can’t wear Fanty’s hat – C-Batch is, have you not seen the post today?

      • Miss M says:

        No, I Haven’t seen it and not planning on seeing it. I was not even planning in knowing about it, hahahaha

  17. LadyS says:

    OMG can I die somewhere!?!?!! HOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!

  18. Delorb says:

    I used to subscribe to Details for just this reason. The joy of seeing guys like this featured and not having to run out and pay $$ for the issue. Sadly I subscribed too early or let my subscription lapse too soon, as I was always getting lesser guys on the cover. Damn you Details!!!! LOL

  19. Miss says:

    Wow, they’re both fine specimen even though my heart preference goes to James, my Scottish Prince. And they’re even hotter on the magazine’s covers!

  20. Ellen says:

    If Anna-Marie ever decides to get rid of James, I would be happy to take him off her hands ;-)

  21. Sooloo says:

    Am I the only one who sees resemblance between McAvoy and Gerard Butler (in the eye area, like if the entire face was covered except the eyes/brows it’d be hard to tell which one you’re looking at)? That’s all I can think of when I see this dude.

  22. TedTheodoreLogan says:

    Why are people saying Fassbender was better than Nyong’o? His character was more extreme. I don’t think the comparison is fair.

  23. Aye says:

    Irish and Scottish self-deprecating charm combined is pretty unbeatable. The thing is that these two guys are such great actors. Never got the Fassbender or McAvoy is hot thing but they are such wonderful, wonderful actors and good for them for getting well-paying roles in a major franchise,

  24. Wren says:

    I just love them both! Such cool, funny blokes!

  25. tealily says:

    *Sigh* James and Ann-Marie… a great love story for Our Times.

  26. jammypants says:

    such babes

  27. Intro Outro says:

    Just watched DOFP yesterday and Fassy&McAvoy really deliver. Jackman is also good but since I’m not much of a fan, I can’t say he made the day for me. I definitely enjoyed it more than First Class.