James McAvoy goes into deep thought while urinating.
I just. Can we all discuss everything about this interview, please?
Okay, this really reads like McAvoy gave a lengthier interview somewhere else, and this came up in the course of it and he talked about it, and then Belfast Telegraph decided to excerpt just this weird little bit as its own strange news item.
So I checked around, and sure enough: James McAvoy - Films - ShortList Magazine - it’s in there, as part of a much longer interview.
Filth is McAvoy’s best performance to date. Beginning as a cocksure rake, playing his colleagues against each other in a race for a vacant detective inspector position at Edinburgh’s ‘Lothian Constabulary’, he then begins to unravel Bruce and we see a broken man held together by fantasy and denial. As this happens, McAvoy bounces, faster and faster, between emotions like a manic pinball, switching from vulnerable to joyful to vindictive. It’s all in the eyes; from puppy dog to hellhound in a fraction of a second. I ask if it’s something he practises in the mirror.
“No, but when I was a kid I used to sit by the mirror and see if I could make myself cry,” he says. “And I used to fantasise about going to a different town, being a new kid in a new school, and possibly come across a girl who’s getting bullied, and I stop her getting bullied and then she falls in love with me and then we have lots of sex.
“But I’ve not done that as an adult. Weirdly, there’s one line that I say to myself a lot in whatever character I’m playing, when I’m having a pee. When I’m having a pee is my most reflective moment. The line is, ‘You can’t make me do that, you can’t make me do that.’ I don’t know why that is.”
Also interesting from that interview:
Filming has just completed on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where he went head-to-head with ‘old Charles Xavier’ Patrick Stewart (“It felt almost like an affront, like, ‘That’s how I f*cking do it mate! Come on, give me your f*cking Charles!”)