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James McAvoy to Appear in “The Ruling Class”

BAFTA Award-winning James McAvoy (Filth, X-Men) returns to Trafalgar Transformed, following his Olivier-nominated, critically acclaimed performance in Macbeth.

Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation.

Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer Peter Barnes’ razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility.

The first ever revival of this classic cult comedy is directed by Trafalgar Transformed Artistic Director, Jamie Lloyd.


Categories Awards & Nominations Filth

James McAvoy Nominated for Scottish BAFTA

The nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland awards have been announced today.

James McAvoy, Jack O’Connell and Peter Mullan will battle it out for best actor, while Jane Horrocks, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Freya Mavor will compete for the actress gong. In total, Filth has been nominated for 3 awards; Best Feature Film, Best Director Film/Television, and Best Actor.

19 trophies will be handed out at the ceremony hosted by television presenter Hazel Irvine at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday, November 16.

Best Actor (Film)
James McAvoy, Filth
Peter Mullan, Sunshine on Leith
Jack O’Connell, Starred Up

Categories Gallery

2 New Portrait Sessions

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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Categories Video X-Men: Apocalypse

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Viral Video: Homo Sapiens Superior

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?

Categories Eleanor Rigby News

James McAvoy to Sit on BFI London Film Festival Main Jury

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.

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James McAvoy: On Fame, Films & the F Word

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.

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“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Academy Members Screening

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.

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“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” Cinema Society 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.

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