"Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration," said James McAvoy in his thick Scottish brogue. "As many people as are in this room can have a moment of complicity. That energy can fuel you."
Sunday evening at The New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend, the charismatic actor spoke to an audience of about 350 women and 28 men. Perhaps it was his role as lusty Robbie Turner in Atonement that brought out women of all ages in numbers. McAvoy is also known for his work in The Last King of Scotland and Wanted. The Last Station, in which he plays Leo Tolstoy's young disciple, opens this Friday.
McAvoy cited Back to the Future as an early favorite film. It's not hard to see his similarity with Michael J. Fox in those years, with his boyish good looks, vivid blue eyes, and playful sense of humor.