Criminally charming actor James McAvoy interviewed at Times Talks

by rania
January 11, 2010 8:57 AM
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"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.

01-10-10: James McAvoy interviewed by New York Times's Melena Ryzik aka The Carpetbagger

Photos by Matthew Arnold (c) 2010

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  • moira | August 3, 2010 10:11 AMReply

    There *is* a video of the entire TimesTalks interview with James McAvoy--it was broadcast on CUNY some months ago. I don't know why TimesTalks won't release it in full or in part. In fact, TimesTalks could probably make money by selling the complete videos on iTunes! (The audio portion is available there for free--though McAvoy's name is misspelled as McEvoy.) Occasionally a CUNY video is posted bootleg on YouTube.

  • rania | June 14, 2010 1:51 AMReply

    Ellen- Sorry for this late reply as I just saw your comment. It appears that you did find the TimesTalk podcast of the interview. I could not find a video nor have I heard that there is one. BTW, McAvoy's wife, Anne-Marie Duff is spectacular in "Nowhere Boy" (to be released in the fall) and I believe she will be nominated for an Oscar.

  • Ellen | May 19, 2010 8:18 AMReply

    Is there a video of this?
    Just listening to the audio, it was quite a lovely interview.