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Hey kids, *le sigh* your ever luvviní LMD had her third-timesí-the-charm interview with the lovely and wonderful James McAvoy (Or as heís been referred to on this site for years, MmmcAvoy).  Charming, down to earth and potty-mouthed as ever, MmmcAvoy, along with the brilliant Paul Giamatti, sat down to chat about their latest film, The Last Station and bring up Star Trek, Wanted 2 rumours and the joys of oral sex along the way.

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 The Last Station

Paul Giamatti


The Lady Miz Diva:  The Last Station boasts a dream cast of actors, including Christopher Plummer and Dame Helen Mirren.  Can you tell us about working with them?

Paul Giamatti:  Yeah, the two of them are amazing. I think theyíre both great.  He Ė Iíve always particularly had a thing about him; Iíve always thought he was great in everything.  Anything that heís in heís great in it.  I went off at him about being the guy in Star Trek with the patch on the eye {Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Ė 1991}.  Heís so great in that movie, though.  And whatís great about him is heís completely unpretentious, you know? I mean, he does goofy stuff like that and heís clearly having such a good time.  Itís so great.

I think McAvoy is actually kind of amazing in this movie.  Theyíre great, but I really think heís kind of remarkable in it.  You know, heís an incredibly charming, really good actor and what he does in the film is really hard, to play kinda the innocent guy like that and not seem stupid or vapid or something like that.  Heís really good in it, I think.


LMD:  Your character, Chertkov, could easily have read as a really one-dimensional villain, how did you give him some depth?

PG:  Hopefully, he doesnít read as a complete bastard, but hopefully that elementís there so that youíre confused about whether heís a complete bastard or not.  But I tried not to make him a total dick and give him some actual soul.  Make it seem believable that he really believed what he was doing for whatever twisted reasons he believed what he was doing.


LMD:  Was there a lot of information available on him to use for research?

PG:  Not a ton.  I mean, the biographical facts are known about him.  He lived for a really long time; he died in like 1938, or something like that.  The one thing that was most useful is he wrote an account of Tolstoyís death, which is really strange because itís written in the third person and itís written like one of the Gospels or something and itís really peculiar.  It definitely tells you a lot about what a weird guy he was.  Some of the other peopleís diaries talk about him and he was definitely a peculiar, strange man.



James McAvoy


The Lady Miz Diva:  That fellow who just left was saying some very nice things about you Ö

James McAvoy:  Heís very nice, Paul.  I pay him a lot of money to do that and Iím very good at oral sex.  So, he enjoys that.

Heís lovely.  We had such a nice working with each other.  Heís so amazing.


LMD:  One of the adjectives most used to describe your acting is ďeveryman.Ē Valentin, the character you play in The Last Station is an ďeveryman.Ē  Have you ever felt pigeonholed playing these approachable, nice characters, even when youíre doing an action hero part like in Wanted?  Do you ever want to play a one-dimensional bad guy?

JM:  Totally, totally, course I do one day.  No, I donít feel pigeonholed.  Getting to play everyman, thatís great, thatís wonderful I think. You get great parts.


LMD:  Or is it that your style of acting brings a sympathy that a character might not have had with another actor playing him?

JM:  I donít know, really. Maybe, maybe, I donít know.  I think I just look at the script and see what the story needs and try and do it, and if the story needs an everyman that you can understand and sympathise with, I try and get your sympathy. {Laughs}


LMD:  Are those roles you gravitate toward?

JM:  The last three films I did, The Conspirator, Wanted and The Last Station, I gravitated towards them and I chose to do those films.  Everything before that I was at the mercy of fate.  Thatís where I got it, didnít get it, or, as much as Iím glad I did those films, I just did them because I got offered them and they were the best of the bunch, yíknow?  So, I didnít gravitate too much.  I haven't structured my career.  Itís been really lucky. And now Iím starting to structure my career because you have choice.  But really, I just took whatever I got.  So maybe they gravitated to my ability to find pathos in the audience, or themselves, or the ether.


LMD:  Whatís coming up for you?  You mentioned The Conspirator which is directed by Robert Redford; tell us about working with him.

JM:  Heís great, really, really good.  Really nice guy, as well.  Makes you call him Bob. Justin Long kept calling him Mr. Redford and he was like, ďCall me Bob. Call me Bob,Ē and Justin would just be like, ďI donít think I can.  Heís Sundance or Mr. Redford, thatís it.Ē  He was great, really good.

Nothing else coming out, Iím about to go up to Vancouver and do a film called Iím With Cancer.  Thatís in February, during the Winter Olympics which is a bold stroke, or idiotic, I dunno. Wish us luck.


LMD:  I keep hearing these rumours about bringing Fox back from the dead for Wanted 2.

JM:  Yeah, those rumoursÖ  I donít know any of it. I got a phone call from Timur {Bekmambetov, Wantedís director} just after New Yearís Eve past and that was it.  He didnít even talk to me about the film.  He just said, ďIíll talk to ya in a couple of weeks about the film,Ē so God knows whatís happened.


LMD:  Well, now youíre an award-winning ďseriousĒ actor and official action hero, but a lot of people first saw you in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as the faun, Mr. Tumnus.  How was that received by your friends back in Scotland?

JM:  Oh man, that never ended, that.  That was just like Ö When one of my particular friends saw that, he phoned me up - and I was away, I was in a different country - at three oíclock in the morning just to rip me about it.  And the guy was in fits of hysterics.  He walked out the cinema halfway through the film just to tell me I looked like a dick.

It wasnít really his genre, was it?  He was a 24 or 25 year old man, but yeah, I loved it.



~ The Lady Miz Diva

January 11th, 2010







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