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James McAvoy Reveals 'Split' Role Was Originally Intended For Joaquin Phoenix!

James McAvoy Reveals 'Split' Role Was Originally Intended For Joaquin Phoenix!

James McAvoy portrays a man with 23 different personalities in his latest film Split, but the role was actually originally intended for Joaquin Phoenix!

The 37-year-old actor plays Kevin, a sufferer of dissociative identity disorder who kidnaps three high school girls in the psychological thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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While talking about gaining weight for the flick, James revealed that he wasn’t the first actor picked for the role.

“Night said he wanted me to get a bit bulkier, so I said, look, I can either get all skinny and muscly and I can do that real quick by losing some weight and doing reps and all that shit, or I can gain muscle but it’ll be more bulky than it’ll be ripped,” James expressed. “I didn’t have long. I came onto this show quite late in the day, I think Joaquin Phoenix was going to do it, but then I stepped in at the last minute because Joaquin pulled out.”

Pictured: James posing for photographs alongside co-star Anya Taylor-Joy and director M. Night Shyamalan at their Split photo call held on Wednesday (January 11) in Milan, Italy.

FYI: Anya is wearing a multi color lace cocktail dress from the Paule Ka Collection.

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Credit: KIKA; Photos: WENN
Posted to: Anya Taylor Joy, James McAvoy, M. Night Shyamalan

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  • Johnny Suede

    Too bad, sounds like the perfect role for Joaquin.

  • Maria D’argent

    James nailed the role, he’s outstanding in Split!

  • RP

    I only saw the trailer and I’m sure James is great, but I can also see why Joaqin was considered.

  • Sophie’s Choice

    I love Joaquin, but between this, Star Wars, and Doctor Strange dude just wants to do the artsy shit, which is cool but come on Joaquin I want to see your meta ass in a blockbuster ha.

  • Sophie’s Choice

    I love Joaquin, but between this, Star Wars, and Doctor Strange dude just wants to do the artsy shit, which is cool but come on Joaquin I want to see your meta ass in a blockbuster ha.

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  • Wendy Myrhh

    Phoenix was too busy chasing roles in which he could be with that pointy-nosed little mouse of a girlfriend of his. Mary Magdalene will be a joke.