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Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Jason Flemyng, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, ZoŽ Kravitz, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy

James McAvoy [11]


Born:April 21, 1979 (42)
Filmography Rating:7.35 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.24 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.03 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74.67%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [2005](26) => Mr. Tumnus
X-Men: First Class [2011](32) => Charles Xavier (24 Years)
Muppets Most Wanted [2014](35) => UPS Guy
X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014](35) => Charles Xavier
Split [2016](37) => Patricia / Hedwig / Dennis / The Beast / Barry / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Orwell / Jade
X-Men: Apocalypse [2016](37) => Professor Charles Xavier
Once Upon a Deadpool [2018](39) => Charles Xavier (uncredited)
Deadpool 2 [2018](39) => Charles Xavier (uncredited)
It Chapter Two [2019](40) => Bill Denbrough
X-Men: Dark Phoenix [2019](40) => Professor Charles Xavier
Glass [2019](40) => The Beast / Heinrich/ Jade / Ian / Mary Reynolds / Norma / Jalin / Kat / B.T. /Kevin Wendell Crumb / Dennis / Polly / Samuel / Luke /Goddard / Felida / Hedwig / Mr. Pritchard / Barry / Patricia

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [2005]
  • When the adults' swearing got out of hand on the set, Georgie Henley (Lucy) set up a swear bucket. James McAvoy was supposedly the worst offender. Even her teenager co-stars had to pay their toll, though, especially Skandar Keynes, accordingly to DVD's commentary.
  • Georgie Henley's reaction to Mr. Tumnus at the lamppost is genuine. She had not seen her cast mate James McAvoy in his costume before the scene was filmed, so her screams and reaction were real. Georgie's first reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine - she was carried into the set blindfolded to make her first entrance, and her wide-eyed, delighted reactions to it all are entirely her own.
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011]
  • When [?] David Heyman was asked if there were any actors that he wished had been in the series but never were, he answered Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, [?] Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, James McAvoy and [?] Anne-Marie Duff. He now wished to work with them in future projects. Daniel Radcliffe would have loved to see Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Stephen Fry (the narrator of the UK Harry Potter audio-books.)
    X-Men: First Class [2011]
  • To prepare for his role as Charles Xavier, James McAvoy shaved his head ... and learnt that the filmmakers wanted Xavier to have a full head of hair in the prequel. Throughout the first month of filming McAvoy had to wear hair extensions.
  • Matthew Vaughn instructed the cast to do away with all accents in their performances. James McAvoy had planned to copy Patrick Stewart's voice (since McAvoy was going to play a younger version of Stewart's Xavier), but Vaughn quashed it; Vaughn also told Rose Byrne that Moira MacTaggart would not have her trademark Scottish accent in the film (to the Scottish McAvoy's mild disappointment).
    X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were performing in a touring production of "Waiting for Godot" when Bryan Singer approached the actors about reprising their respective roles as Professor X and Magneto. According to McKellen, both men were utterly shocked as they thought they'd passed their roles on to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, and would never play the characters again. Both Stewart and McKellen were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles, and to work with the younger actors playing the same characters as well.
  • Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, who play the future/past versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, have all played the title role in film adaptations of Macbeth.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013]
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, [?] Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with [Sherlock], but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
    X-Men: Apocalypse [2016]
  • For the role of Charles Xavier, James McAvoy shaved his head. It was something he had wanted to do in the previous [X-Men] films.
  • Simon Kinberg offered Olivia Munn the choice of either to play Vanessa in Deadpool or Psylocke in this film. She chose this because this film allowed her to do fighting. To prepare for her role, she had to restart her martial arts training, with an 80% vegetable diet, while losing 12 pounds for her role. For her role, Olivia Munn was advised by James McAvoy to practice sword-fighting: "I learned to use a regular sword with both hands, so I can switch in between a real sword and a CGI blade. It's more work for the special effects guys but it's pretty cool."
  • Hugh Jackman announced that X-Men: Apocalypse and Logan would be his last portrayal as Wolverine. He would then be retiring from the role after playing the character 8 times since 2000's X-Men with the upcoming Logan making his 9th time. Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence has revealed this is her last appearance as Mystique. At the time of release, she's less than two years younger than Rebecca Romijn was when she first originated the role for X-Men. X-Men: Apocalypse is also, at the time of release, the last contracted film for James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Houltr~, but all expressed interest in doing more, if the scripts were good.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, [?] Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with [Sherlock], but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
    Split [2016]
  • Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan cast James McAvoy after a chance meeting with him at a "Comic-Con" convention where McAvoy had recently completed X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and his hair was still little more than scalp stubble. During the course of the conversation with the soft-spoken man, Shyamalan began to realize that he'd found his leading man, and he would be bald, have no makeup, and look just like McAvoy.
  • The last thing Kevin remembered was being on a bus on September 18th, 2014. This is the date which Scotland held a vote to decide if they were going to split from the UK. Kevin is played by James McAvoy who is from Scotland and has been outspoken as pro-independence.
  • James McAvoy broke his knuckle while filming on location in Philadelphia. He continued to perform his role for three days before letting on that he was injured and finally sought attention at a local UrgentCare. As a result he was forced to work with an injury on the set of Atomic Blonde (2017) as well.
  • When Joaquin Phoenix and the production couldn't reach a contract agreement, James McAvoy was cast in the lead.
    Glass [2019]
  • James McAvoy based one of his 23 personalities on a young Saoirse Ronan, who he worked with on Atonement (2007).
  • Samuel L. Jackson said of working with James McAvoy on the movie, "As good as I like to think I am or what I do and how I do it, watching somebody transform characters in front of your eyes and have an argument with four different people is pretty amazing."
  • Towards the end of the movie, it is revealed that Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) was also responsible for the death of Kevin's (James McAvoy) father, an event that ultimately forced Kevin to stay with his abusive mother, a situation which caused Kevin to form his multiple personalities. In the movie; Unbreakable, David (Bruce Willis) bumps a woman holding a boy's hand at the stadium. This bump triggers a reaction in David, helping him hear the scream of the boy (possibly Kevin) who was being abused.
    X-Men: Dark Phoenix [2019]
  • This is the fourth movie that James McAvoy had to shave his head for, the first three being X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Split (2016), and Glass (2019).
  • The role of Vuk was first offered to Angelina Jolie who passed on it before Jessica Chastain accepted it. Jolie passed on the role because she was more interested in playing the titular character in Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein project before Universal decided to put it on hold. Interestingly, they were the only names considered by the studio, and both were suggested by James McAvoy due to his working relationship with them. To return the favor, Chastain recommended McAvoy to her friend, producer [?] Barbara Muschietti, and her brother, It: Chapter Two (2019) director Andy Muschietti, for the lead role of the Losers' Club Bill Denbrough.
    It Chapter Two [2019]
  • James McAvoy is a massive Stephen King fan and has read most of his books.
    The New Mutants [2020]
  • According to Josh Boone, the film was originally to be set during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and would feature a cameo by Professor X (James McAvoy) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). The script was rewritten to remove these elements, but Boone felt the film was not largely affected by this change: "it might as well be the '80s in terms of the setting."