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James McAvoy may have stepped into the shoes of two iconic characters- Shakespeareâs Romeo and Dr. Charles Xavier from X-Men- but the performances are anything but traditional.
In Disneyâs latest animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet, McAvoy plays the bardâs ultimate tragic hero with a twist: Heâs a lawn gnome. As for his turn in the prequel X-Men: First Class, McAvoy takes on the role of mutant headmaster Professor X.
The actor spoke to Parade.com about seeing himself in cartoon form
and having Elton John as a boss. Plus, how he plans to stand out in a
role originated by Patrick Stewart.
His Elton longing.
âDo you know what? I have yet to meet the fantastic Elton John [executive producer of Gnomeo & Juliet].
Iâm going to meet him at the press conference later. Iâm a total fan of
his music and Iâve been working on this film for I think three years.
So every day I would come to work and I would kind of be hoping that
that would be the day Elton would be there but he was never there when I
was there. I was absolutely gutted. I thought, âAm I performing badly?â
âDoes he not like the film?ââ
Art imitates life.
âI watch [Gnomeo & Juliet] and it feels like
me but I canât point to anything in particular. I think he blows his
cheeks out quite a lot which I kind of do. Itâs usually when Iâm stumped
and maybe said something I shouldnât have said.â
He appreciates the little people.
â[Gnomeo & Juliet] was made a million years ago and [his upcoming cartoon Arthur Christmas] came before I became a daddy as well. I like doing kids stuff. Thatâs why I did Narnia
years ago as well. You make stuff you want audiences to enjoy so when
you think like that, youâll also think what kind of audiences am I
talking to here? And I think one of the best audiences are kids. If you
can get a kids audience happy, there is nothing better.â
Putting his mark on X-Men: First Class.
âIn the comic books, Professor X often has to put his hands to his
temples. And I thought, âWell, Iâm going to do that.â I might be doing
Patrick a disservice, but I donât think he did that in the other
Following in Patrick Stewartâs footsteps.
âIâve always kind of said that the point of doing prequels is showing
who they were before they became the person we already know. Just to
help validate the reason for making this movie, you have to make those
characters very, very different. So, Iâm always nervous because [my
character] is a very different representation of who he becomes. But
then the whole look and setting of the film is so removed as well. Itâs
set in the â60s, the casting is very different. So hopefully that will
help the fact that the characterizations are very, very different.â
Thanks to Parade.com for posting this interview - Please give them a hit at http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2011/01/24-james-mcavoy-x-men.html
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THE BAFTAs 2011 take place this Sunday (scream!) and we've been dying to know which Hollywood A-listers will be attending.
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Empire Hero AwardJames McAvoy is presenting this one, and beaming the speech straight into our brains, Professor X-style.
generally quite cocky and up myself when I'm presenting these things,
but I'm not going to be this time. The recipient of this award is, in my
opinion, an exceptional example of this country's movie stars. A movie
star is exceptionally talented, check. A movie star is beautiful, check.
A movie star is, at least sometimes, a fashion icon: check. A movie
star seeks out interesting work and doesn't just take the big stuff
she's offered every day: check. She's a West Ham fan and in my personal
experience a hilariously down-to-Earth human being. All the time, I
think, she's all these things triumphantly. I'm proud to have worked
with her, and known her, but enough wittering on; let's look at the
clips.AND THE WINNER IS... Keira Knightley
"Thank you so
much, I'm very embarrassed, that was such a lovely speech. It was my
birthday yesterday, so I want to thank Empire for such a brilliant
birthday present; to be made a hero on your 26th birthday is fantastic. I
want to thank my agent, who's here tonight. Also, I'm well up for a
birthday snog, so please come and find me on table 14! Thank you!"
(Wow, I have NEVER seen a line form that
fast. Most of the room appears to be doing a very slow conga that ends
at table 14. Knightley is going to have her work cut out.)
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