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James McAvoy is a Wanted Geek

James McAvoy is a Wanted Geek

James McAvoy attends the photocall for the movie Wanted at Adlon Hotel in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday.

Originally, James, 29, was rejected for the lead role of Wesley Gibson in Wanted.

“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,” he told back in February.

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  • soopx

    waiting for this movie to open in our state.

  • bella


  • Helena

    Hot. Did you really think Angelina would turn up heavily pregnant?

  • Scots sarnie

    I’d loved a James McAvoy and Gerard Butler sandwich please. Hold the lettuce.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    fcuk angie. james mcavoy’s movie is gonna kick ass.

    dude has a bright future.

  • A passerby

    If Aj was here, the comment will be a few hundred. Fan of AJ shd support “WANTED” coz AJ is one of the lead.
    We will love to see her at this photocall. Anyway, wish her a safe delivery and hope it is a boy and a girl or better twin boys and not twin girls.
    We want to see what a baby Brangelina boy will be like, another mini Brad?.

  • Regina

    James McAvoy is a better actor than Angelina Jolie, anyway.

  • bella


  • london chica

    James McAvoy looks amazing right here! Thanks so much Jared :D One of the best looking guys around, except maybe McDreamy… Patrick Dempsey.

  • yolly

    I will watch “Wanted” because of Angie. This is an awesome movie based on the trailers. It will be a nice photocall if only Angie was there.

  • remember da truth

    McDreamy? Give me a break! McAvoy is wayyy sexier than that TV star!

    James McAvoy might be geeky, but he’s SEXY geeky, and a great actor, too.

    Bella, get over yourself. I like Angelina as much as the next person, but a lot of people know and love James McAvoy, just as we love and respect Morgan Freeman, and it’s not because of Angie.

    This is going to be a great movie and I can’t wait for it to start hitting theaters everywhere!

  • forever young

    Regina @ 06/10/2008 at 8:19 am

    SHUT your FACE

  • ivette

    Brad was seeing in Berlin few days ago before this hotel with couple of people.

  • Regina

    #8, you’re an idiot. Try renting State of Play, Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Inside I’m Dancing and Starter for 10.

    Angelina may have the oscar and she may be the a-lister, but after that she was in it for the money and it’s only since she started boinking Brad, she’s been getting decent roles again. James McAvoy is more consistent.

  • jee

    i think i love him.. he is really great actor

  • forever young

    Regina @ 06/10/2008 at 8:33 am

    Didn’t your momma shut your face yet?

  • rien

    Agree, “remember da truth”. I will go to see Morgan Freeman at any time. I am still a little bit blinded by James after Dune and State of Play the mini series. Those blazing blue eyes, and when he smiles…

    Geek? As I am a geek my self, I would love to be companied by another geek like James.

    Does anybody know if James also will play in State of Play the movie?


    Wanted: Casting the Right Ensemble
    James McAvoy

    Since “Wanted” is very much the transformation story of one man, Westley, it was crucial to find the right actor.
    At the outset, Westley is about as far from a
    comic book “hero” as you can get. He’s miserable, a doormat for the world, punching the clock until his pitiable day comes to its end, hardly the stuff of a towering, square-jawed, steroid-sized, classic leading man. And yet, the character undergoes a remarkable metamorphosis, from pathetic to powerful, embracing his legacy and allowing his inner strength to push aside the weakling.

    Director Bekmambetov explains, “We watch Wesley grow up. He finds his abilities and his intelligence. He starts out as a weak boy who everybody thinks is a loser. That is because he does not believe, and he does not know what is in his genes. Because he is different. He is unique. Once he finds that, he grows. He becomes a man, a killer. And then he starts to see that there are lies in his world. So he has to choose—to go back to believing what is told to him, that’s a fake truth. Or go his own path and find a real truth.”

    It took young Scottish actor James McAvoy a while to sink his teeth into the idea of playing Wesley: “I’m not used to seeing someone like myself in these roles. As a movie lover, I do complain frequently that I’m fed up with seeing 6’ 5” alpha males in these roles. I’m glad they cast someone like me, not in terms of what I can bring to the role as an actor, but more because I’m not an obvious choice.”

    Bekmambetov says, “I knew James was a different kind of actor for Wesley, but I wanted a real actor. We needed someone people will identify with. Somebody who kind of looks like an everybody. Wes changes a lot, on the inside, on the outside. And James can do that—we believe his changes. I wanted somebody to bring humor to the story, because I think it’s impossible to create a believable fantasy world without humor. He is skeptical and ironic—and when he believes, the audience believes.”

    Platt comments, “It was essential that we found an actor who was accessible to an audience.” The filmmakers wanted someone “who could exist in a world that was heightened, but who could communicate with enough emotional truth that his reality became our reality. James is very smart about his character, even down to his
    movements and his action. He wants to know everything about what his character is
    doing and why he’s doing it, otherwise it’s just not believable for him. Watching the
    character’s transformation has been a palpable, visceral experience as interpreted through James’ great creative mind and ability.”

    Bekmambetov remembers, “Early, we were trying to find some ways to make the change in Wesley, like hair or costume. Then, we had a test in London before shooting. And suddenly, without costume or makeup or anything, James did it himself. Right in front of us. First, he was this silly boy and then, a totally different character, almost like a superman. It was unbelievable. Then we understood that we didn’t have to do anything, that James could do it himself.”

    The Scotish actor was drawn not only to the character of Wes and his arc, but also to the world that the Russian director was creating: “I like action movies that don’t take themselves too seriously—I like them when they have fun,” McAvoy provides. “Sometimes, I was quite shocked at what Bekmambetov asked me to do, but generally, it was for the best and elevated the material. He really does think differently than most directors. I think he’s a mad, evil genius and his work is incredibly cool and strange. Even on big, emotional, sincere things, he undercuts it with a very strange angle…which I respond to very well.”

    Author Millar found the character of Wes particularly interesting as he transits
    from geek world to underworld: “The idea of a young, geeky office worker going through this transformation to become the ultimate super-powered killer was really more interesting to me than the big, super villain stuff. I’ve always been interested in secret societies…there’s a romantic notion about a secret society. I like the idea of a super cabal of bad guys who are running the show, and the Fraternity was my version of that. Seeing Morgan Freeman bring this idea to life as the head of the organization was really quite thrilling.”

    Like any strong organization, the Fraternity finds unity in and lives by its mission, to preserve balance in the world by eliminating those who are predicted by the Loom of Fate to disturb this balance and to cause harm.
    And “Loom of Fate” is not just a metaphor, the Fraternity is, indeed, an ancient fraternity of weavers, whose headquarters contains the enormous Loom that weaves the destiny of those targeted into the fabric it produces—the tapestry’s flaws are translated into a decipherable, binary code. Literally, when someone’s number is up, a member of the Fraternity is dispatched to ca


    Angelina Jolie’s Fox

    In the Fraternity, the woman who sits at Sloan’s right-hand is named Fox. There are few actresses who have the strength and skill to believably portray one of the world’s best killers while, at the same time, possessing the talent to inject that assassin with emotional strength, a no-nonsense attitude and an all-encompassing commitment to the Fraternity, its Code and its way of life (which actually revolves around taking life). As far as the filmmakers were concerned, there was only one actress in mind: Angelina Jolie.

    Platt reflects, “Fox is an incredibly powerful, strong-minded, singularly willed person who has overcome obstacles in her life to become this great assassin. She becomes Wes’ mentor who watches him, trains him and helps him through the difficulties of accepting and understanding what’s happening to him and the grueling physical nature of what he has to overcome. Angelina was the dream choice for this role.”

    Producer Lemley notes: “Fox is stoic. She’s a soldier in search of a cause, and with the Fraternity, she’s found it. The Fraternity has shaped her life and character, and Fox has become a fully formed assassin who takes her job very seriously. And she kicks ass, too.”

    Angelina Jolie takes her job of inhabiting her character on screen seriously: “Fox is a believer in the Code,” Jolie offers. “I like the fact that she’s quite flat, in a way; she just believes in getting on with it and doesn’t really show any emotion. However, let’s not get too serious about this film—it’s supposed to be a fun movie, but the idea of assassinating one person to save thousands is very interesting.”

    For an actress who throws herself into her work, one of the things that appealed to Jolie was that she had input on her character’s look. She adds, “Fox has binary codes on her arm, which is part of a reading of the fabric from the Loom of Fate. She has ‘know your rights’ in different languages and ‘toil and tears,’ which is from a Churchill speech. It’s things like that that the audience won’t notice or pick up, but giving Fox all these tattoos is symbolic of somebody who lives by a certain code of honor.”

    The director says, “We were very lucky—and very happy—to get Angelina. She is just so solid, and such a nonconformist. She’s also a perfectionist, so in everything she does she wants to be the best. She is deep and talented, grounded and specific. She knows, every second, what she wants to do in the scene. Her viewpoint is very strong, and so you have to understand it. We worked with her on her dialogue, and she really helped to make it stronger. When we first met, we talked about her character. From then on, she was always trying to keep everything in line with what we discussed. A very focused actor.”

    While on paper, the subject of Wanted sounds dark and dire, Bekmambetov injected his wry and decidedly off-kilter sense of humor into the narrative. Jolie comments, “I like that this film doesn’t take itself too seriously…It’s a little more nutty and has a sense of humor about itself. It doesn’t pretend to be too cool and there is something textured, European and a little funky about it. Timur is a very focused, deep-thinking guy, and it’s cool to see him in the middle of a big Hollywood movie, bringing something to it that is unusual.”

    Bekmambetov is quick to point out, “My humor is not dark. It is life that is dark—the humor is just in a dark context. When things are dark, people turn to humor to survive. To keep your mind. In the middle of all this violence, humor helps the characters—and the audience get through.”

    A true survivor (and one of the more unusual, ex-officio members of the Fraternity) is Pekwarsky—an expert who fashions ammunition discharged by the fighters’ magnificent array of custom firearms. And such a gun would require more than just over-the-counter bullets. Pekwarsky’s bullets are themselves tiny works of art, emblazoned with intricate designs and ominous messages (like “Goodbye”). These works of art are lethal, called upon to enter a target from a curved trajectory or to stop an adversary’s bullet by ricocheting off and deflecting the oncoming slug.


    Morgan Freeman

    The head of the Fraternity is the same man who reads the will of the Loom: Sloan. Having already played God twice, it wasn’t a stretch to see Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman as the master architect of an ancient society. Freeman says, “I’ve been in many, many films, and so I’m always looking to find something different to try. As an actor, you don’t want to do the same thing ad nauseam. When I read Wanted, I thought the concept was compelling, and Timur’s a very interesting filmmaker. Combine that with the rest of the cast—and the fact that I haven’t done too many action movies—and I was eager to participate.”

    Producer Platt comments, “Morgan, as both a human being and as an actor, possesses such integrity, such a strength of character that I’d believe anything he would tell me. He’s someone you would want to be your father, which in our story is very important for Wesley. There is a strength and force that emanates from Morgan without him even trying. We needed someone who could also articulate the mythology of the Fraternity in such a way that the audience would follow and accept it.”

    “As a person, Morgan Freeman is very levelheaded and very noble,” says Bekmambetov. “We must believe what he says. He is a businessman, and the head of the Fraternity. He is able to engage Wesley, and so us. That was most important for

    “Something that really impressed me,” says Freeman, “is the depth and detail that Timur has provided. There is a whole history of the Fraternity, an actual handbook with their philosophies, their codes, their legacy as weavers, weaponry, abilities, hierarchy— hardly any of which the audience will be privy to, but as actors, and for the crew, it’s a great tool for us to use when we’re building our characters and creating this world. Something like that is a luxury that doesn’t come along all that often when you accept a film role. He just has such a creative mind.”

  • ????

    I didn’t even know James McAvoy before he made “Wanted” with Angelina Jolie. I’m glad they did the movie together, Freeman, I like him too but over all, I like Angelina the best. Definitely, be watching “Wanted”.

  • rien

    Regina #14,

    Except Starter for 10, and Atonement, I watched James’ other films. I can not stand Atonement because of Keira. I guess, I just have to ignore her.
    What do you think of this Atonement? A must see film?

    And Starter for 10, it is damn difficult to get it, but I will try.

    And “Inside I am dancing” — what an amazing film! My favorite quote:
    “Look, if I said somethin’ earlier to offend ya’ or anything… good! “

  • besane


    Go back to FF cesspool.

  • gena

    The publicity for this movie will not be bring the bang without Angie. But she has other obligations. I think she is a little busy right now. James, Morgan and Angie are all good actors. They each have their unique style. But in the end I AM DEFINTELY AN ANGIE FAN!!!!!

  • millie

    I think Jolie is due with The Pitt Twins any day.There is no way she can show up.But i will go see this fast action movie,I never had seen McAvoy until he started making this movie.Looks like its going to be good.

  • carl

    I see the hater Regina from FF is hear,always following the farts of Brad and Angie.

  • Grace

    #4 – Yes, dreaming of having Gerard Butler on a platter.

  • carl

    I will go see this just to see Morgan Freeman.He is a damn good actor.

  • robin

    #4 is Slime.

  • millie

    I think all three of these people are great stars.The movie will be good.

  • Regina

    Hater? God that word makes my skin crawl. Obviously you people can’t tell the difference between opinion and fact. It’s also funny that we’re on a James McAvoy topic, not Angelina Jolie, so if that’s all you can talk about.

  • lulu

    James McAvoy is a very promising actor. he was so good in the Last King of Scotland. and Atonement. I think he had already replaced Orlando Bloom, as the most promising and famous young British actor.
    James, Angelina and Morgan are both great actors. the movie will be good. and can’t wait to see it.

  • Queen Bee

    James McEvoy has a cute accent and an interesting personality….he does look “geeky” enough to me though cause I dont think he’s a stud or anything…

    CANT WAIT to see the move WANTED….17 more days

  • Queen Bee

    James McEvoy has a cute accent and an interesting personality….he does look “geeky” enough to me though cause I dont think he’s a stud or anything…

    CANT WAIT to see the move WANTED….17 more days

  • http://. marina

    Of course I’ll go waych this movie. Seems like a good story, Morgan Freeman, AJ, this McAvoy, I haven’t had the chance of seeing his work, a bit of Sci – Fi, action, special effects… and did I say Morgan Freeman? One of my favorite movies of all time is The Shawshank Redemption, after that, I just had to go watch almos every movie he is in. Also, AJ seems the perfect actress for the character and also the unlikely hero, McAvoy.

  • Queen Bee

    Angie Rocks!…..I didn’t know Gerard Butler was in this movie…?

  • fresh

    screw the haters. Cant wait for this movie.

  • the truth is this

    There were RUMORS of Brad being in Berlin just as there were RUMORS of Brad being in Houston Texas last week which were all LIES. NO PIXS OF BRAD IN EITHER CITY. Then pixs of Brad in Basel for couple of hours at an art show last Tuesday (one week ago) appeared for the same time he as supposed to be in Houston.
    According to People he flew in from France to Basel last Tuesday, spendt a couple of hours in Basel, then flew right back to France and his family.

    So take these RUMORS of Brad in Berlin with a grain of salt as UNTRUE unless there is PROOF. His partners in the design firm he works with and will be working on the hotel in Dubai are in Berlin and Brad visted there while in Prague last summer and the partners visited him in Prague last summer. It makes sense for him to visit Berlin but there have been pixs each time he has been in Berlin.

  • Virginia


    I see you are a two faced b*tch on every Brad and Angelina threads. You use Helena to be reasonable and turn around and use Regina for your nasty posts. Jared has outed you before and yet you are still your schizophrenic self with two split personalities. Take your medication, it might help you know which of the personalities that you really are.

  • Film buff

    WANTED is gonna have BIG problems against the movie of the year WALL*E. WALL*E is supposed to be the biggest animated film in years and it opens up on the same weekend as Wanted.

  • besane

    My kids will go see Wallie, but they won’t go see Wanted. These two films don’t share the same audiences. My hubby and I will get a sitter if we are going to see Wanted.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Jared. I can’t wait to see this movie, to see Angie, Morgan, James and Common. Angie is a badass in this movie :).

  • alex

    I like these actors in this movie.I saw trailor Angelina looks great.They will have my money.

  • pretty_green_girl

    I love James McAvoy!! He is such a great actor and really cute too! I can’t wait to see Wanted!

  • http://http LA


    A few facts, and a reminder to you:

    Angelina is an Oscar winner, a winner
    of 3 Golden Globes, 2 SAGs (yeah, by her peers!),
    2 or 3 Critics Choice Awards (yeah, Critics too!),
    and not to mention a trackload of the most important nominations!) – just to mention the most
    And yet she’s had a Huge BO success …ALL by herself.. with
    All that came to a very young Angelina … years before
    years before Pitt she was already a happy mom to her Madd
    and an activist and humanitarian respected by the
    world leaders and the people that matter (it’s been well over 7 years,
    when doing good was not “in” yet!)
    Yeah, she was already a pilot too – and the most beautifu and
    the sexiest girl in the world.

    a-l-l * t-h-a-t already happened

    y-e-a-r-s * b-e-f-o-r-e Angie even knew Pitt.

    Pitt had Nothing of all that before Angelina!
    And he’s 12 (twelve!) years older than her!
    What a lottery he was for her!

    He was childless and living in a fake (fabricated by
    the tabs and PR-machines) shi*t of a merger (you
    know that now, don’t you?!)
    he was considered a little bit more than a pinup,
    someone that middle-age women drool over his but*t

    Now HE wants to be Angie… a parent, a humanitarian,
    a pilot!
    Too late to the table, Mr Jolie ( being already almost 45!)

    And he’s 12 (twelve!) years older than her!

    Angie’s working with the likes of De Niro or Clint
    Eastwood, etc, etc, ………………………………………….,
    has absolutely nothing to do with Pitt …………
    they don’t want him.

    Now you do your math, I believe you can do it.
    It’s that Simple.
    And, best of all, everything I said is true.

    Stop lying and being mean to someone who doesn’t
    have anything to do with Ms Nobody..Maniston should be
    ashamed of herself for lying and manipulating the tabs – and
    You (together with her Huvane).
    Pitt was a 41-yr-old man
    when HE really did dump Maniston….
    If you need to do it, after years of Pitt dumping her,
    blame Pitt and Maniston – they are the only ones
    responsible for – their own faliures.
    Enough is enough.

  • ?


    What is FF?

  • remember da truth

    Can’t believe we can’t even have a post on James McAvoy without people like #38 talking about Brad Pitt’s travel plans. For God’s sake….. You people do more to turn fans OFF of Brad and Angelina than educate and inform them. There is a time and place, you know…

    Yes, Rien, Atonement was VERY good. And Keira was good in it, too, but she’s not on all the time, so if she bugs you, you can still like the movie.

  • the truth is this

    remember da truth @ 06/10/2008 at 11:16 am

    Tell that to #13 who brought the issue up. My comment was in response to that. OK?

    Now as to Wanted and JamesMc, he is a pretty good actor, this role is quite a departure from his previous roles, and that is good for his career. I believe he and his wife are (were) in Prague shooting a new film so Berlin is quite close. Wanted should do well as a counter to Wall-E.

    I keep hearing what a big hit Wall-E will be but I can’t help wondering if Wall-E will be that much bigger than KFP as some say it will be.

  • share

    Has no one else noticed how well he fills those pants? Hot.

  • http://http LA

    Remember da truth

    i am sorry, but it’s absolutely idiotic and totally not fair
    to blame anyone for other people’s OBVIOUS FAILURES.

    Pitt and Maniston were both close to their 40th b-day,
    not i5, 25, and not even 35 anymore –

    take your

    That makes people’s skin crawl, and for a reason, again.
    Really what a “lottery” was Mister Jolie!

    I can’t wait for this film.
    Looking forward to see Jolie and Freeman ..the best!
    I don’t know enough about James to say anything, but I read
    his interview and liked how down-to-earth he seemed -
    the same as Angelina and Morgan.