I take a lot of pride in being myself. I'm comfortable with who I am.— James McAvoy
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I think my recognizability ebbs and flows.
I don't lead a particularly celebrity lifestyle or anything like that. I don't go to showbiz parties or red-carpet events, so it all depends on whether I've got a film out. I've not been very visible in the last year or so and as a result hardly anyone stops me in the street.
I'm probably more dangerous in a car than I am on a motorbike;
on a bike I'm very mindful of the fact that if you make a mistake you're dead.
I think the most romantic thing you can do is just turn up.
Turn up when it's difficult for you. Travel halfway around the world or just up the road. Whatever it is, just be there.
[Macbeth] is historically set in a place depicted by Shakespeare as brutal and violent, incredibly superstitious, and that's something that I do believe is Scottish.
That singular uncompromising nature I think is always quite attractive, not just for an actor to play, we're attracted to uncompromising people whether they're nice or not, because they're 3D, they're solid, you can define them, it's not wishy washy.
Because technically actors are just public servants really.
They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important.
A cry-wanking scene is the struggle to live, in a single moment.
I considered becoming a priest very seriously.
I wanted to travel the world. By the time I turned 16, I realized I was only in it for selfish reasons. And, more importantly, I didn't want to sacrifice the ladies!
I really liked 'Starter For Ten' because I grew up watching 1980s teen films like 'St. Elmo's Fire' and 'The Breakfast Club' and I've always wanted to play the underdog lead hero in a 1980s-inspired film.
I wanted to be a missionary and work abroad, but girls started to become a bigger part of my life around the time I lost interest in the priesthood.
'St. Elmo's Fire' is one of my favorite films. I like the storytelling of those teenage American films. You don't get that now. Teenage American movies are all about sick jokes, puking a lot, arse jokes.
I'm taking probably the biggest risk of my career in playing the part in Filth.
If you stop taking risks, then you get bored, or you just keep playing the same part, over and over again. Eventually audiences get bored of that, as well.
I learned something from a string of failed relationships.
You don't see a pattern quickly. You see it over time. I learned to stop jumping in at the first sign of attraction. As soon as you're attracted to someone, you go for it - whether or not it's a good idea. Basically, just going out and getting laid.
It's quite liberating to have a director stand beside the camera and say: "Do this now, and do that now..." It's also a bit sordid but it liberates an actor, I think.
No movie has ever got enough time. It doesn't matter how much money you've got, and it doesn't matter how much money you've not got. You never finish on time. You're always up against it and you're always working up until the end.
Next year, if no one gives me any work, that's fine.
I'm not going to do well anyway. I'm not an actor, I'm just exploiting this industry.
I also really liked playing Mr. Tumnus in 'Narnia'. I got to play my favorite character in children's literature, which I loved. You don't get the chance to do that in other jobs.
I kind of embarked on a fruitless search to find information about my character, Frederick Aiken. And it was fruitless, unfortunately, because there's so little about him.
It's nice to be in a movie that hasn't been absolutely slaughtered by the press.
I always believed that I never wanted to be an actor.
I only did it because I was allowed to do it and I had to do something.
I wanted to join the navy to get some perspective on the world and explore.
The world seemed less scary and I started to like myself a little bit more.
We're in a horrible, repugnant place now where kids are told it's their right and due to be hugely famous. Not good at their job, not good at anything, just hugely famous. This is not sane. Little girls think they'll be famous if they have vast breast implants and might as well die if they don't.
In a love scene that's really advantageous because you don't have that horrible moment of: "We don't really know what we're supposed to be doing, we just know we're supposed to be snogging and then shagging." Then the director shouts "action" and it's like: "Should I feel her boobs? I don't want to feel her boobs!"
I wanted to be a doctor at one point and I also wanted to be a pilot.
I think if you grow up in a dodgy area, reality often beats down those ambitions as you get older. But with me that never really happened.
Leading man seems to quite often be an idealized figure.
I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn't think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right - I did always want to be good.
I've been in a few fights and I know what it's like to get punched in the face.
Playing somebody who's obsessed. Playing somebody who is transgressing, and who is really crossing moral lines and ethical lines. That's always interesting.
I remember that it was never that difficult for me to get a director to look up and pay attention to me. Mind you, I don't know if that's necessarily charm. But I've played roles where my character has to be charming and I've found it quite easy to do. I think some of it is in my bones, but some of it is more deliberate.
Girls didn't really take much interest in me until I was about 14.
But I knew how to talk to them very quickly. What I figured out - that my friends didn't - was you have to talk to women like you're not constantly trying to have sex with them. That seemed to work.
I've done enough for a while and people get fed up of seeing you, but apart from that, although I'm young, I need a bit of rest. You could say I have become a house husband. It's not a new man thing, it's just largely a boring man who doesn't mind staying in the house thing.
The better the script is the more you can commit, but you can only really commit with full confidence when you know the material is as strong as your level of commitment to it and it frees you up.
It's weird when you're watching yourself in a film - you can't really detach yourself from the experiences you've had that day. You're never watching the film as a proper punter.
That's the main thing that attracts me - characters who have big journeys.
I like playing those people.
The minute you start to strategize too much, the more you start to think you're in control of your own fate. And you're not, really.
Our intellect, our awareness, and our consciousness is the most powerful form of life on this planet.
Kids audience is a brilliant audience.
If you've got an audience of adults standing up and clapping, or you've got an audience of kids standing up and clapping, I know which one I'd choose.
I'd like to keep work work and life life.
It means you've got your life to come back to, somewhere to come home to at night that isn't invaded by your day.
The script is the most important thing for me.
I'm advised that other things are important too, and they are. The director that you'll be working with is hugely important, and the cast that are with you is really important as well. But, for me, the thing that gets my heart excited and really makes me invested in something or not is just the quality of the script.