I’ve just added two gorgeous portrait sessions to gallery, both featuring James and his Eleanor Rigby co-star, the lovely Jessica Chastain.
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Filming won’t begin until next spring, and the movie won’t hit theaters until the following year, but 20th Century Fox is starting the ball rolling very, very, very early on “X-Men: Apocalypse.” And that it happens to coincide with the upcoming release of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” on home video is probably not a coincidence. Welcome to Movie Marketing 101, folks. But we will say, we do like the care and effort that went into this four minute viral video.
Running like a truther documentary you might stumble across on YouTube, the clip gathers up a bunch of science types to ruminate on the next stage of human evolution….in other words, mutants. But of course, it isn’t long until talk turns to the threat humanity faces when the next thing in the evolutionary chain comes along. This has been the long-running thread of the X-Men movies, so why stop now?
It has been announced that James McAvoy will sit on the main jury at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, and that his latest film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, will also been screening as part of its UK premiere:
On the official competition jury, Thomas will be joined by rising Egyptian director and last year’s best film award nominee Ahmad Abdalla (who also has his film Decor in the program), Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, producer Lorna Tee, X-Men star James McAvoy and Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas.
The festival also announced that The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby would be joining its lineup of screenings. The U.K. premiere of the McAvoy and Jessica Chastain-starring drama is set to take place on Oct. 17 at the Odeon West End in London’s Leicester Square, with McAvoy and director Ned Benson set to attend.
James McAvoy passed on playing the part of a grieving young dad in the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in 2010, an easy decision for the actor to make back then. “I’d just had a kid, and I didn’t want to touch a script about a couple that loses a baby,” he says. Two years later, the Australian actor Joel Edgerton was attached to the role, then fell off the project. Director Ned Benson approached McAvoy once more. “They had four or five days to save the financing,” McAvoy says, “and it was two years on from having my kid. It wasn’t as raw, and it didn’t seem so horrific to me at that point.”
Despite his stealthy upward career arc, the fact that McAvoy is now in a position to help secure funding for a sensitively handled major commercial picture comes as some surprise to the actor. “Honestly? If you’d have told me about my career as a wee boy, I’d have been really fucking surprised,” he says. “I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t even think about acting until I was acting.”
McAvoy, a 35-year-old with a sandy complexion and handsome physique, fits comfortably into the transparent 21st-century fame model. He is neither showy nor defensive on the subject of his talent and possesses enough quiet, internal self-confidence to back it up. He left drama school in Glasgow at the end of the ’90s, a time when his native Scotland was precipitously attracting Hollywood’s interest, post-Trainspotting. That he’s never played a relative of Ewan McGregor’s seems like a shortcoming on the part of all casting directors; however, he did get to play the lead in the recent, underappreciated Filth, based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel about a misanthropic, coke-snorting Scottish policeman.
McAvoy and I spend an afternoon talking in the churchyard of a grand, decaying chapel in the East End of London. It’s a scorching, sunny day. He arrives on a motorbike and says his recognition factor is low enough to get away with sitting out in the sun without interruption. This turns out to be true, though he’s partially disguised behind tortoiseshell-framed Ray-Bans. He’s genial to a fault, swears a lot during conversation, and is never stumped for either anecdote or opinion. It’s almost impossible to gauge whether he would be of any use in a fight, a personality trait that has surely proven handy for a dramatic portfolio that has had him racing between playing tough and tender, hero and heartbreaker.
On September 11, James McAvoy attended the official Academy members screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, along with co-star Jessica Chastain and direct Ned Benson. Thanks to the lovely Luciana we have HQ images from the Q&A in the gallery.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 11 | “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Academy Members Screening
Last night was the Cinema Society and Prada screening of James McAvoy’s latest film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and thanks to our dear friend Luciana we have over 130 HQ images in the gallery from both the screening and after-party.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 10 | “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Cinema Society Screening
Perhaps Andy Warhol’s famous saying holds true that “one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.”
At least, if you ask Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy the stars of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, in theaters on Friday, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, opening Oct. 10.
Them tells the tale of the couple, and the fallout from their breakup, while Him focuses on the story of Conor and Her focuses on the same story but told from the perspective of his wife, Eleanor.
It’s the combined version of the first two films, Him and Her, each of them focusing on the demise of a relationship from the point of view of a grieving husband and a suicidal wife. They gambol, flirt, frolic, and then, appear to self-destruct in very disparate ways. The horrifying cause is revealed midway through the film, in a scene that’s breathtaking in its candor and simplicity.
There’s a fine line between turning a romantic film into something unique and letting it slip into the void of Hallmark cheese. Thankfully, “The Disappearance Eleanor Rigby” aims for the former. In order to separate it from other like-minded projects, writer-director Ned Benson got risky. He split the film into two separate narratives, titling them “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her,” respectively. The finished product gives us a glimpse at the depths of heartbreak. Overall, it’s a tragic, emotional and ambitious project, anchored by two wonderful performances from actors Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. (For those un-interested in watching the full 202-minute version of the movie, a combined two-hour cut, entitled “Them,” is also getting a release this week.)
I spoke with McAvoy (the film’s ‘Him‘) in New York recently about the film(s). We discussed everything from the story’s dark material to the difficulties of shooting two scripts at the same time (something McAvoy didn’t realize was happening until he got on set) to his upcoming role in “Frankenstein.” I also shamelessly asked the Scottish-born actor about the enduring legacy of “Braveheart” in America, which seems to be shown every weekend on TNT.
I feel like we mostly hear you do English accents on screen. It was fun hearing you with an American accent in this film.
Yeah, when was the last time I did an American one?
“The Conspirator,” I think?
“The Conspirator.” And “Wanted.” I think that’s the only other one. Oh and “Band of Brothers.”
James McAvoy and Eleanor Rigby director Ned Benson are set to do a live interview tonight with the Huffington Post, and you can listen to it over on their site. You can also tweet your comments and questions to James and Ned via that page.
James McAvoy & ‘Eleanor Rigby’ Director LIVE
He’s starred in hits like “Shameless,” “Wanted” and the “X-Men” franchise, and now James McAvoy joins HuffPost Live along with writer/director Ned Benson to dish on their new drama “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” co-starring Jessica Chastain.
Hosted by: Alyona Minkovski