Buckley's Chance; Night Makes Broadway Star's Day by Taking Her on Again

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Buckley's Chance; Night Makes Broadway Star's Day by Taking Her on Again


Split

Stars: James McAvoy, Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula.

Director: M Night Shyamalan

Rating: M

Reviewer's last word: This tense thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Director M Night Shyamalan and James McAvoy are both in top form here.

Star profile: James McAvoy

Quirky fact: McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split after he got angry at not getting a scene. He became so annoyed with his performance that he ended up hitting a door. He thought it was a fake door but it was solid metal.

Best known for: X-Men: First Class, Wanted, Shameless, Atonement.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Unbroken, The Sixth Sense, Signs, Filth.

Quote: "The minute you start to strategise too much, the more you start to think you're in control of your own fate. And you're not, really."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

BETTY Buckley hasn't starred in one of M Night Shyamalan's films in nearly a decade, but it's not for lack of trying. The Broadway star first worked with the director, best known for his psychological thrillers and horror films, in a supporting role in his 2008 film The Happening.

Now, finally, she's back on Shyamalan's call sheet, and gets much more screen time, in his new thriller Split.

"Night is a really joyous being, a very passionate guy. I call him the shiny person," Buckley tells Weekend.

"Every time I see him I'm always giving him a bad time, saying 'listen Night, all I want to do is work for you. I don't care if it's just a cameo'.

"He's so busy and has so many projects. I'm just like 'call me, Night'. I can't help myself."

Shyamalan reassembled his core team from The Visit, his wildly successful 2015 film, and returned to his independent filmmaking roots by financing the film.

James McAvoy stars as Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, one of which compels him to abduct three teenage girls.

Buckley plays Kevin's psychologist Dr Fletcher, who has worked tirelessly to understand all of his personalities and help him to keep the dangerous ones in check. …

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