Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Punch Line for James; James McAvoy Stars in Wanted, Released in Cinemas on Wednesday

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Punch Line for James; James McAvoy Stars in Wanted, Released in Cinemas on Wednesday

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WHEN you meet an actor who has been elevated to the ranks of Hollywood's next big thing almost overnight, like James McAvoy, you don't expect his first words to be an apology.

But this was what happened when we were introduced at London's swish Dorchester Hotel.

"When we were in the elevator, you let me go first and I felt terrible, because usually, in a daft way, I let the lady go first. It was the most awkward moment in my life!" he says, laughing.

He genuinely seems very concerned and slightly flushed. Since it is James McAvoy, I reassure him all is well before we get down to the important business of discussing his new film Wanted.

At 29, the diminutive Scottish actor has a string of critically-acclaimed films to his name and even a Bafta nomination earlier this year for Atonement.

But none of it seems to have rubbed off on him.

He remains as modest and down-to-earth as the young man who first came to our attention four years ago in Channel 4's Shameless.

It's been well documented he lives in a modest London flat with actress wife Anne- Marie Duff, drives a 10-year-old Nissan Micra and doesn't really like 'flashy' awards ceremonies.

He even admits he was astounded when the studio cast "somebody like me" as the lead - an action hero - in Wanted.

"It was before Last King Of Scotland had even really hit and Atonement hadn't come out," he explains.

"Nobody really knew who I was over there in Hollywood and I just thought they were being really brave."

James plays Wesley Gibson, an average American office worker who is totally disillusioned with life.

He hates his job and doesn't even care that his best mate is sleeping with his girlfriend.

But his life changes forever when feisty Fox (Angelina Jolie) reveals his long-lost father has been killed while working as an assassin for her secret organisation the Fraternity - and recruits him to avenge his father's death.

Cue a Matrix-style montage as Wes trains to be a fearless killer. …

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