ComingSoon.net interviewed Scottish actor James McAvoy and he talked a bit about getting his part in the upcoming movie based on Mark Millar’s Wanted. Here’s an excerpt:
ComingSoon.net: You’re going to have a lot of action in that film I guess.
McAvoy: Yeah, kinda, and they want me to do as much as I can anyway. There’s a lot of free running and Parkour and all that kind of stuff. A lot of driving and guns and all that kinda rubbish. But it’s quite important for me because the reason I wanted to play this character in “Wanted” was because it still adheres to what I believe in, that heroes shouldn’t always be perfect. We shouldn’t always have the six-foot-five, chiseled-jawed, good-looking guy. That’s why it’s so good that Spider-Man is somebody like Tobey Maguire, and that’s why I took this role. They wanted someone geeky. I screen-tested for the movie over a year ago and they never gave me the part. Then, it was about seven months later when they went, “Look, we’ve been trying to find someone who’s muscle-y who looks good and all that, but it just didn’t work with someone like that so they said, “Could you come and do it?” They basically just said, “You’re the runt of the litter and that’s what makes it work” so yeah, and that’s why I like it. So while I’m doing all this physical work, it’s important for me to remain small. I’m sure they want me to get all big, but it’s important to remain believably geeky.
You can read the full interview here!