James McAvoy Quotes


Every time I do a movie especially an animated movie I just seem to scream and shout and hyperventilate for money.

It's nice to be in a movie that hasn't been absolutely slaughtered by the press.

When I was 15 or 16 - I slept really well then. Now I sleep on a bed of anxiety-tipped nails.

That's the main thing that attracts me - characters who have big journeys. I like playing those people.

Since my worldview has expanded I don't consider myself working class anymore and I'm attracted to playing characters who go through a similar evolution.

I don't know if anybody's ever ready for another award season. It's kind of like Christmas.

Our intellect our awareness and our consciousness is the most powerful form of life on this planet.

Fear is really powerful; it's really useful to me.

I've seen beautiful actresses get spat at or just someone trying to get a rise out of them so they can get an extra hundred bucks for a photo. It's really rough.

I think fear is one of the natural states of most actors to be honest.

I take a lot of pride in being myself. I'm comfortable with who I am.

I wanted to be a missionary and work abroad but girls started to become a bigger part of my life around the time I lost interest in the priesthood.

I'm instinctively very suspicious and guarded and I try to counteract it so much. I find reason allows you to be open and my only sort of ambition in life is to try and be as open as possible.

I don't know why we're not interested in seeing good people. I think we like seeing good people but only if bad things happen to them. Which is weird isn't it?

I'm probably more dangerous in a car than I am on a motorbike; on a bike I'm very mindful of the fact that if you make a mistake you're dead.

I'd like to have stayed in the Scouts beyond the age of 12.

For me Charles Xavier is a monk. He's like a selfless egoless almost sexless force for the betterment of humanity and mortality.

I like reading about the past. I'm definitely not a history buff but I do read a bit of history now and again and to do that for work is really exciting.

Shooting films in Britain is always difficult because we've never got enough money to make them.

[Macbeth] is historically set in a place depicted by Shakespeare as brutal and violent incredibly superstitious and that's something that I do believe is Scottish.

I want to be like Matt Damon and do a hugely successful thinking-man's action franchise like 'Bourne.'

I'm 5 foot 7 and I've got pasty white skin. I don't think I'm ugly don't get me wrong but I'm not your classic lead man Brad Pitt guy.

People come up to me and they're usually nice but as it goes on you realise that some people aren't nice. Some people are not nice at all.

I look at the Christian Bale movies the 'Batman' films and that shows you that superhero movies don't just have to be about men in tights.

Shakespeare's stories are still very strong. He structured fantastic stories about things that were fundamental to the human being and psyche.

It's quite liberating to have a director stand beside the camera and say: "Do this now and do that now..." It's also a bit sordid but it liberates an actor I think.

I've spent a long time giving people the benefit of the doubt and I'm tired of it.

I did 'Narnia' because it was a good opportunity and all that but really? I wanted to play Mr. Tumnus because he's my favourite children's character. That was awesome.

I also really liked playing Mr. Tumnus in 'Narnia'. I got to play my favorite character in children's literature which I loved. You don't get the chance to do that in other jobs.

Kids audience is a brilliant audience. If you've got an audience of adults standing up and clapping or you've got an audience of kids standing up and clapping I know which one I'd choose.

Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.

Playing somebody who's obsessed. Playing somebody who is transgressing and who is really crossing moral lines and ethical lines. That's always interesting.

A cry-wanking scene is the struggle to live in a single moment.

Next year if no one gives me any work that's fine. I'm not going to do well anyway. I'm not an actor I'm just exploiting this industry.

I am a nerd but I don't dive head-first into any fiefdom of nerdiness except for maybe 'Star Trek.'

Passing my motorcycle theory test gave me a disproportionate feeling of greatness.

A story about my life would be utterly dull.

I've never worked as hard as when I was at drama school. It's the most professional environment I've ever been in.

I think the most romantic thing you can do is just turn up. Turn up when it's difficult for you. Travel halfway around the world or just up the road. Whatever it is just be there.

It's weird when you're watching yourself in a film - you can't really detach yourself from the experiences you've had that day. You're never watching the film as a proper punter.

I wanted to join the navy to get some perspective on the world and explore.

I kind of embarked on a fruitless search to find information about my character Frederick Aiken. And it was fruitless unfortunately because there's so little about him.

As an actor sometimes you can be a bit emotional and forceful and that's not always the way to be.

I play football once or twice a week. I eat pretty healthy. I'm in fairly good shape most of the time.

I've been in a few fights and I know what it's like to get punched in the face.

I don't know why I get cast in a lot of period pieces. Stephen Fry told me that I had a face for period that I look like someone from 1920.

Leading man seems to quite often be an idealized figure.

I think I'm losing my hair finally. And yeah that's kind of all I know.

Basically every character I've ever played I've based entirely on internal conflict. And I love doing that because I think it's very human.

I'd like to keep work work and life life. It means you've got your life to come back to somewhere to come home to at night that isn't invaded by your day.

I judge people very quickly.

Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important.

The world seemed less scary and I started to like myself a little bit more.

I try to keep my life low key and I don't like going to parties unless they're thrown by a friend of mine or they're to do with a project I'm in or it's because I've been nominated for an award.

I don't mind playing somebody who's not likable or makes the audience feel slightly conflicted.

The minute you start to strategize too much the more you start to think you're in control of your own fate. And you're not really.

I think the most romantic thing you can do is just turn up. Turn up when its difficult for you. Travel halfway around the world or just up the road. Whatever it is just be there.

I don't want to be all worthy about it but I don't do red carpets I don't do events and I don't accept freebies that much.