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James McAvoy Talks Past Film Roles to 'Nylon Guys': 'I Was Letting Everybody Else Do The Fireworks'

James McAvoy Talks Past Film Roles to 'Nylon Guys': 'I Was Letting Everybody Else Do The Fireworks'

James McAvoy channels his inner bad ass on the cover of Nylon Guys magazine’s September 2014 issue, on newsstands now.

Here’s what the 35-year-old Scottish actor had to share with the mag:

On his career: “For a long time, I was playing the normal guy in an exceptional world, or the normal guy who was in a relationship with someone much more weird and interesting. I was holding the audience’s hand, guiding them into a world they weren’t familiar with, keeping them onside when things got grotesque. Basically I was letting everybody else do the fireworks.”

On his past roles: “The last two or three years have been so unlike what I was doing for the 10 years before them. There’s a part I’ve been offered and really want to do, but I was worried about taking it because the character is a proper mental case. And I feel like it’s been a couple of years of solely playing mental cases.”

Michael Fassbender on James’ X-Men set pranks: “Oh, he’s lethal! You’ll find him hiding underneath cars, waiting for you. He once tried to break into my trailer through the skylight. It’s like being in one of those Pink Panther films, and he’s Cato jumping out of the freezer. Just when you think the day’s over, you come home to find James sitting on your toilet with a BB gun.”

For more from James, visit NylonGuysMag.com.

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