James McAvoy’s ‘Filth’ makeover: ‘It was quite nice to do a job where I look minging’

Here are some new photos of your Scottish Thunder boyfriend James McAvoy. He’s promoting his new film, Filth, at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland. James didn’t pose by himself for very long – I think the blonde is Shauna Macdonald …? That’s what WENN says, but who knows. We discussed Filth a few weeks ago when the trailer came out – go here to see. The film is an adaptation of an Irvine Welsh book, and it looks like a really crazy, gross, amazing film in the vein of Trainspotting. James is super-proud of the film too, probably because it’s one of the rare times that he’s a flat-out leading man and because he gets to use his natural Scottish accent. Here are some cool quotes from James:

James McAvoy claims he won the role of a psychotic detective in a movie adaptation of the novel Filth because he is cheaper than fellow Scot Ewan McGregor. The 34-year-old star said there was a limited pool for directors wanting a genuine Scottish voice.

“I benefited from this before, with The Last King of Scotland. Unless you want to pick someone who can’t do the accent … there are only four or five of us you can go and find.”

They include Dougray Scott, Kevin McKidd and Ewan McGregor “and those guys were really expensive,” he said, adding: “That’s how I got The Last King. There was nobody who would do it for the money I would and had some experience.”

But Glasgow-born McAvoy, who now lives in north London and has made international hits such as X-Men since The Last King, said he really wanted to play Bruce Robertson even though the character is in his mid-40s. He bulked up with Guinness, Coca Cola, burgers and fish and chips to look “like a bag of smashed crabs” for the role. “I was aware I was young casting for this and I did want to look like s–t. Usually I play characters that are maybe punching above their weight physically. It was quite nice to do a job where I look minging.”

But it did mean he ended up ill. “I went to a doctor because I was having a lot of trouble with my bowels and he said, ‘either you’ve got ulcerative colitis or your body is rejecting what you’re trying to do to it’.”

The film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel tells how Robertson’s life unravels as he and colleagues, including Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots, investigate a murder in Edinburgh. But director-screenwriter Jon Baird has brought the policeman’s mental ill health to the fore. McAvoy said there was a real truthfulness in the depiction of Robertson’s breakdown that chimed with his own “prolific” experience of people with mental illness. “They’re not all sad,” he said. “There’s an energy.”

Yet the film was not naturalistic. “You take a truth of a kernel and make an arty tree grow out of it.”

[From The Standard]

Minging = foul, apparently. It’s weird to think that James works so much because he works cheap. I always thought that Ewan McGregor probably works pretty cheap too, considering Ewan still does a surprising amount of independent films and small “passion projects”. So, James was probably just making a joke about the money. After all, James is a proper movie star nowadays with X-Men and lush period films.

James also tells The Scotsman that he’s extremely “proud” of how the film turned out after a five-year wait to make it. He said upon reading the script, “It’s inspiring to have so many ideas in your head on the first reading and to think: ‘thank Christ there’s something out there that’s really bold and brave and not afraid about the fact it is potentially controversial or offensive. It’s a virtue that it is. There’s not much out there at the moment, particularly with English speaking cinema. Everybody is hedging their bets dramatically. That doesn’t make for good drama.” You can read more of that interview here.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. T.fanty says:

    Yeah. I think Mac, I think minger. Sure.

    I re watched Last King of Scotland a couple of nights ago. Hot, sweaty Mac is a true delight.

    • Bianca says:

      “Atonement” and “The Last King of Scotland” are my favourite movie of his. He’s such a fantastic actor, other than a delight to the eyes. Sigh.

      • mia girl says:

        I’ve seen almost all his films (yes I am hopelessly devoted to the Mac). These are certainly two at the top.

        James in Atonement slays me… but funny enough I have a real soft spot for him in Penelope.

      • Diana says:

        Am I the only one who loves him in Wanted? I mean I find him sizzling on that. That kiss with Jolie? Oh my! It gets me weak on the knees every time.

      • Melody says:

        Becoming Jane just broke my heart…

      • Abby says:

        Gah he was so good in Atonement. I LOVE him in period films.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Has he been doing something to his face? Or is this just the haircut?

      Something is different….I’m not usually attracted to him but this is the second post on here that I thought he looked really really good.

      • ichsi says:

        No, he’s just lost the Macbeth weight, so he looks like a skinny, smooth eighteen year old again. A very HOT eighteen year old. I wonder if he’s back to the ciggies though, after a summer with Michael Fassbender…

  2. Sixer says:

    Love the Mac. Love Welsh. That is all.

    • T.fanty says:

      Second to that, but I did stop following Welsh on twitter. His football rants were unbearable.

      • Sixer says:

        I’ve never seen his Twitter but I can imagine.

        *was heading off to nose at it, but am now hypnotised by Ed Milliband’s atrocious opening joke in his Labour conference leader’s speech*

    • Louminary says:

      Big fan of Welsh’s books, but I have to say I was surprised that they’ve adapted this one for a movie!

      Of all his books, this one is by far the most appalling and horrific! (A great book, but really disturbing!) I’m also curious as to how they handle the chapters that are narrated by his tapeworm. I’m assuming that they’ll drop it….

      V. excited to see McAvoy in this, I just adore his crooked smile. Beware though folks, he will be extremely unlikable in this one!

      • Cletus says:

        I’m wondering about that tapeworm, too. I really liked that tapeworm, with its burgeoning self-awareness and interesting thoughts on life… maybe they got Jude Law or Kiera Knightley to play it. That tapeworm was English, you know. You can totally tell by how it sounds.

  3. Bianca says:

    My god, he’s so beautiful. These are great pictures of him. Also, now that he’s got a decent haircut and he’s clean-shaved and all, I can return to say that my boyfriend looks A LOT like him *shameless gloating*

  4. mia girl says:

    He is the Scottish Thunder and I am the Lustful Lightning.

  5. VioletCrumble says:

    What a dreamboat…siiiiigh.

  6. j.eyre says:

    The Mac! Scottish Thunder – I love it, yes, this will do.

    He is absolutely inspired casting for Filth, regardless of what reasons he gives. And I will henceforth describe myself as looking like a “bag of smashed crabs.”

    Did we get a hit it question? Would I? Yes, I would… with the force of Wallace going after Longshanks

  7. Mira says:

    It’s been so long since I read Filth. A movie adaption of the book is a good reason to read it again. Love Welsh. Love Danny.

  8. LadyRay says:

    He’s so gorgeous. That’s my boo yall.

    LadyRay McAvoy sure has a nice ring to it.

    Yes ma’am.

  9. Allons-y Alonso says:

    the scottish thunder cometh!

  10. boredbrit says:

    To be fair, even when he’s minging he’s hot.

  11. Devon says:

    I don’t live far from the Omni!! I’m going to go cry in a corner for missing my chance at seeing him in person! :(

    Minging is such a great piece of Scottish slang!

  12. mimi says:

    He’s so handsome. He looks really good in these pictures. I always admired him as an actor and love his understated good looks. He seems so down to earth and an overall nice guy. A good family man too is always a big plus for me.

  13. Malificent says:

    Dear Kaiser:

    Thank you for putting the words “James McAvoy” and “filth” next to each other. It may not be what the movie title intends, but the mental images will get me through my heinous 9 AM meeting.

  14. Louise says:

    I love MacAvoy’s serious work, but his bit in Wimbledon is absolutely brilliant & hilarious.

  15. ShakenNotStirred says:

    Personally, I liked the long hair on him.

  16. umyeah says:

    Love him in whatever he’s in. He can do no wrong! Yum. Yum. Yum.

  17. Naddie says:

    Time machine?

  18. Grant says:

    Oh my goodness, McAvoy usually doesn’t do it for me but he does in these pictures! The quiver… It tingles!

  19. Vesta says:

    This looks like it was an entertaining project to do, albeit the preparation part doesn’t sound too fun…

    But this Filth seems also to be that sort of film I seriously need in late autumn/early winter when it’s dark and icy. Just hearing that Scottish accent alone will cheer up my hibernating brain cells.

  20. Maree says:

    Interesting that Gerard Butler wasn’t mentioned as either as a Scottish actor or cheap … Maybe his peers think he’s gone all Hollywood?

  21. Sachi says:

    That smile/smirk…hhaaaayyyysssss.

    He is the only man who makes me tingle and catch my breath. So gorgeous.

  22. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    When will he be on Craig Ferguson for this? Love those two together.

  23. Miss says:

    He looks so young and yummy…

  24. Rux says:

    Changing panties…