(…) He finds the whole publicity process tricky. “It’s a difficult thing – you’ve got to talk about yourself but you’ve also got to try not to say anything about yourself. The more you give of yourself, the more there is to chase after.”
Not that he is that sort of celebrity. “We keep our noses clean and keep our stuff private,” he explains. “We don’t have affairs, we don’t turn up to parties, we don’t fall out of places drunk. We’re not that interesting. I don’t wear a dress where you can see my knickers when I’m getting out of a taxi. Do you know what I mean? I find all that weird.”
McAvoy evidently wrestles with conflicting feelings towards the film industry and the “celebrity bullshit”, as he has previously called it. “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.”
He stops himself, admitting that he does “accept a couple” now and again – primarily from the tailor Clemens and August, which provides him with free suits for events. “I can only wear a suit once. That’s the f***ing annoying thing.”
“F*ck it, I’m doing it!” ~
(…) The Redford movie and the inevitable Wanted 2 in development, McAvoy seems destined to become a Hollywood A-list star. He’s not convinced, though. “I doubt I ever will, to be honest with you. So it’s not that big of a deal. Also, after ten years, I could stop playing leads and I could stop getting films. But I’d still want to be an actor.”
McAvoy contains that innate insecurity most actors inevitably feel. “You always worry you’re going to get found out. I think it’s something a lot of people feel,” he says. Much of this comes from the battle to control his nerves on set or stage. “So when you get asked to explore things – like in an interview – all the shit you push aside comes out.
“But it doesn’t plague you in life. As an actor, it’s part of your job to go, ‘F*** it, I’m doing it. I just have to do it.’ That’s the leap of faith you take.” With that, he leaps out of his chair. “I need to go for a pee because I’m f***ing desperate,” he says, disappearing in a flash.