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  • GQ
    GQ  2 ай бұрын +120

    Watch James McAvoy break down more of his iconic characters: kzclip.net/video/DuKpwolfNX8/бейне.html

    • Craig Hicks
      Craig Hicks 23 күн бұрын

      Shameful there's no mention of Bruce Robertson!

    • hbe421
      hbe421 2 ай бұрын +1

      @elsavirinas and LKOS

    • elsavirinas
      elsavirinas 2 ай бұрын +2


    • osp254
      osp254 2 ай бұрын

      really? split the parts to build both channels? bite me, downvote

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  • Tribal Peacock
    Tribal Peacock 2 ай бұрын +1785

    The fact that he wasn't awarded an Oscar for Split is criminal! That was a masterclass in acting

    • Delreta Donaldson
      Delreta Donaldson Күн бұрын

      @13strong someone needs a hug 🤣

    • Legit JT
      Legit JT 3 күн бұрын +1

      @Max Mizu I agree it’s definitely a more positive representation, but still not a great one

    • Tranceplant82
      Tranceplant82 22 күн бұрын +2

      It was just unbelievable to watch him switch between personalities and make them look and sound honestly different. And not just "i'm pretending to be this or that...". It was believable, in a weird way. Just the idea of playing 24 different characters in one movie by one person is just mind blowing.

    • Shouvik Ghosh
      Shouvik Ghosh Ай бұрын +1

      or Atonement...

    • Julien Forletta
      Julien Forletta Ай бұрын +2

      He was INCREDIBLE in filth. Such an underrated movie.

  • Nobody survives even one bit
    Nobody survives even one bit 2 ай бұрын +2333

    His performance in split deserved an Oscar.

    • shana parrilla
      shana parrilla 15 сағат бұрын


    • Delreta Donaldson
      Delreta Donaldson Күн бұрын

      Without a doubt...

    • Legit JT
      Legit JT 3 күн бұрын

      @FreeThugger It was very very harmful and many people now view systems as a scary and dangerous thing, which I can personally confirm is not true

    • Legit JT
      Legit JT 3 күн бұрын

      @GCAT01 Living Agreed, I can respect his performance for his acting skill but that’s it.

    • Legit JT
      Legit JT 3 күн бұрын

      @LifeIsZealous Yeah so true, it’s really a shame

  • Vipul
    Vipul 2 ай бұрын +825

    You know you are in a legend tier when there is a part 2 about breakdown of your iconic characters

    • kira
      kira Ай бұрын +1

      @Jigglypuff Inside I'm Dancing / Rory O'Shea Was Here is one of his most underrated movies and performances, he was so young and already so talented, he gives a stunning performance despite the fact that his character can only move one finger, he's completely paralyzed yet he acts with his eyes.
      The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, both parts also very underrated, My Son too, that's a movie he did last year, James improvised all his dialogue, he was given no script, sadly the movie didn't have much promotion and his amazing improvised performance went largely unnoticed.

    • Jigglypuff
      Jigglypuff Ай бұрын +2

      @Pierrot Pierrot true...
      I mean basically all of his roles are iconic
      Legend ✨
      People don't like 'the last station' as much , but he's so brilliant in it. Also becoming jane, inside I'm dancing

    • Pierrot Pierrot
      Pierrot Pierrot Ай бұрын +9

      @Jigglypuff yeah these movies mentioned - along with starter for 10, becoming jane, IT2, Penelope, Atomic Blonde.
      Personally Last King of Scotland really impacted me as a young adult because i was exactly like him at the time i first watched it - idealistic and recklessly thinking i could change the world.

    • Jigglypuff
      Jigglypuff 2 ай бұрын +46

      And still missing some movies . I mean atonement, children of dune, victor frankenstein, last king of Scotland ❤️❤️ are iconic tier

  • Joe Mc
    Joe Mc 2 ай бұрын +571

    I worked as a stand-in with James on a film about 10 years ago. Genuinely nice guy. None of the ego and stuff you might expect - in fact it was the much less well known actors in the film who behaved snooty and aloof toward the crew and extras, whilst James would grab people like us and put us in the front of the line at lunch/dinnertime because he knew we worked hard and shouldn't have to spend half our lunch-break standing in a queue. Or would offer you a ciggy if you had to chaperone him for a smoke-break. Or even invite you over to his table and buy you a drink if he seen that all the other departments had sat in their own little cliques. Nice guy.

    • Henry Tilley
      Henry Tilley 5 күн бұрын

      @The One Who Knocks it’s true, I was the cigarette.

    • germandarling123
      germandarling123 Ай бұрын

      What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing! 😊 James has been my favourite actor for about 15 years now and I'm always glad to hear he is just a genuine, nice guy in real life ☺️

    • Whatdocowsdrink
      Whatdocowsdrink Ай бұрын


    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Ай бұрын +6

      @The One Who Knocks It'd not invalid just cos you say so kid; it's a centuries-old observation made by thousands of people about a fundamental of human-nature - Liars always think other people are lying.

    • The One Who Knocks
      The One Who Knocks Ай бұрын +1

      @Joe Mc Everyone lies. Point invalid.

  • Youssef Youssef
    Youssef Youssef Ай бұрын +19

    It really sucks that he's isn't in more movies and TV shows, an amazing actor.

  • Eddie Cardwell
    Eddie Cardwell 2 ай бұрын +669

    Such a great actor. We need more McAvoy movies.

  • TheCarlScharnberg
    TheCarlScharnberg 2 ай бұрын +39

    Love him. Great actor, and seems very genuine.

  • Pork Woofles
    Pork Woofles 2 ай бұрын +15

    I love him in both Split and Glass. I didn't know much about McAvoy before seeing them, so when I saw it, I was thinking, "who is this guy?!?!?" He smashed it.

  • Mikko Piironen
    Mikko Piironen 2 ай бұрын +875

    Man, I just want to thank GQ for these interviews. It's so much fun to watch these amazing actors reminisce, talk craft, respect peers, and just appreciate their artform. Good media!

    • Didier Meynders
      Didier Meynders 2 ай бұрын +2

      I enjoy these interviews myself too. Very nice to see them behind the spotlight, where they sharing their experience as an actor.

  • Insula Arachnid
    Insula Arachnid 2 ай бұрын +11

    Part 1 and 2 were both really interesting, a pity they didn't ask him about the series State of Play. It's one of my fav TV shows!

  • Dreams & Teddy Bears
    Dreams & Teddy Bears 2 ай бұрын +16

    We need a Part 3. Atonement is a must!

  • sabii
    sabii 2 ай бұрын +716

    His performance in Atonement was really great.

    • Anna Tomasik
      Anna Tomasik Ай бұрын

      One of the saddest movies ever 😢

    • Angela Anderson
      Angela Anderson Ай бұрын

      @shobae Totally agree!

    • plinia poly
      plinia poly Ай бұрын

      We need part 3

    • kira
      kira Ай бұрын +3

      @jj James was not nominated for Atonement, only Saoirse Ronan and I think it was also nominated for Best Picture, they should've definitely included it, it's one of his most iconic roles way more than Shameless! I suppose they included Shameless because that's what helped him get attention in the US.

    • jj
      jj Ай бұрын

      @Maverick Jones yeah aren't they like Oscar nominated roles, they have to include them

  • laura hawkes
    laura hawkes 2 ай бұрын +9

    When Dr Who rebooted in 2005 I remember thinking that James McAvoy would have made a great Dr Who. He still would I think!? Great actor.

  • Renaissance Man
    Renaissance Man 2 ай бұрын +14

    Underrated actor, he’s phenomenal.
    Edit: I wish he talked about his performance as Victor Frankenstein. Stellar acting.

  • Some Mistakes
    Some Mistakes Ай бұрын +7

    There better be a part 3 dedicated just to his performance as Leto II in Children of Dune…he was perfect

  • m*Σ*t*H
    m*Σ*t*H 2 ай бұрын +8

    Filth is hands down one of his best performances, it's one of the funniest yet saddest movies I've ever seen

    • Jessica LaFountain
      Jessica LaFountain 2 ай бұрын +2

      I say Split is the best because of all those characters he did.

  • Elsewhere
    Elsewhere 2 ай бұрын +24

    His performance as Russell Crowe in this interview is pretty iconic

    • Bangerzz421
      Bangerzz421 2 ай бұрын +1

      He looks just like Russel lol.

  • MiceMan
    MiceMan 2 ай бұрын +6

    I was introduced to James McAvoy in "Children of Dune." Don't know if he was known before then, but I remember thinking to myself that he was fantastic.

  • Yasmeen Che M
    Yasmeen Che M 2 ай бұрын +335

    James McAvoy is hands down, one of my most favourite actors. I first saw him as Mr. Tumnus in Narnia as a kid, but later grew to appreciate the various roles he's played over the years. He always manages to inject human-ness into his roles, regardless the film genre. Great actor and I look forward to watching his films every time.

  • Kathryn Tyna
    Kathryn Tyna Ай бұрын +7

    Let’s also not forget his voice acting in Sandman

  • HM4 Hill
    HM4 Hill 2 ай бұрын +3

    Y'know it's amazing how often actors grab roles they weren't supposed to be in, and end up nailing it. Oogway was right there are no accidents

  • Elliott Dekeyzer
    Elliott Dekeyzer 2 ай бұрын +4

    First movie I saw him was The last king of Scotland.. I was very impressed by his performance, great movie too..

  • Liz
    Liz 2 ай бұрын +3

    Split was a masterpiece, definitely should of gotten a Oscar.

  • jenbrock412
    jenbrock412 2 ай бұрын +421

    James Mcavoy has to be one of the best actors of our generation. Two parts to the interview and he still has more iconic roles such as Atonement and Last King of Scotland not mentioned.
    Also the man looks and sounds like a dream!

    • KT Was Here
      KT Was Here 2 ай бұрын

      or State of Play

    • Anunnakid
      Anunnakid 2 ай бұрын

      I concur.

    • Ryan Price
      Ryan Price 2 ай бұрын +2

      Irony of this post is he did voice Dream for The Sandman audiobook lmao

    • Food Reacts
      Food Reacts 2 ай бұрын


    • gllyflower
      gllyflower 2 ай бұрын +9

      Right? Those were two of his most lauded performances...and they didn't even have time for them!

  • Katie H
    Katie H 2 ай бұрын +13

    This silver fox look is REALLY working for him 🥵

  • MIM
    MIM Ай бұрын +6

    Also…Anyone remember him as just a supporting character in The Chronicles of Narnia!!!?
    He’s come so far and I LOVE IT!

    • MIM
      MIM Ай бұрын +1

      @Si Fiyes! He was so sweet even then! I literally fell in love with him as an actor then!

    • Si Fi
      Si Fi Ай бұрын +2

      Yes, Mr. Tumnus! I think his portrayal was really great in this movie too. It's bittersweet in a way that Lucy went back through the wardrobe without saying goodbye. I was as mesmerized by the Flute scene, but you could tell he was a good character, though he was conflicted between helping his friend and having to serve the White Witch.

  • Chase Hedges67
    Chase Hedges67 2 ай бұрын +26

    Wanted(2008) was such an awesome action movie.

  • That's a Bingo
    That's a Bingo 2 ай бұрын +20

    The older he gets, the more he's looking like Russell Crow

  • Karina HW
    Karina HW Ай бұрын +2

    Oh God, James is a great actor, i love him so much

  • originaozz
    originaozz 2 ай бұрын +6

    My high school English teacher rarely taught the class and always show the films she like. She must have a massive crush on James McAvoy though because she've shown us Penelope, then Atonement. Until THE library scene where she stopped showing that film entirely😂, I have to wait til years later to finished it. That one really messed me up. I think the girls in entire class became McAvoy fans after that.

    • Rene Kumar
      Rene Kumar Ай бұрын +2

      Bruh thats acc not fair but like Becoming Jane is deffo the most English class worthy one

  • Griffgames
    Griffgames Ай бұрын

    Recommend re-watching
    *X-Men: Days of Future Past*
    - if you haven't seen it in a while.
    It's a truly superior comics movie, probably the best large cast X-Men film of the Fox era (with Logan taking the overall crown there, and the Deadpools as runner-up).
    Everyone is great in Days, and the writing/pacing is excellent. The effects also hold up.

  • kagura
    kagura 2 ай бұрын +22

    I think his role in Filth is also pretty iconic

    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Ай бұрын

      He's suspiciously cute in drag.

    • Mon the jam tarts 21
      Mon the jam tarts 21 Ай бұрын

      Same rules apply

    • kagura
      kagura Ай бұрын

      glad to know it was acknowledged first 😊

    • Jigglypuff
      Jigglypuff 2 ай бұрын +4

      Other video on British GQ channel

  • Meghan McGhee
    Meghan McGhee Ай бұрын +84

    The Last King of Scotland was a great movie that isn't mentioned enough, Forrest Whitiker was amazing but James and Kerry Washington were also great

    • LennyG
      LennyG Ай бұрын +3

      “But I’m Scottish!”

  • Rachel
    Rachel 2 ай бұрын +5

    The fact that Atonement was not a part of this is a tragedy.

  • Seth Kozar
    Seth Kozar 2 ай бұрын +4

    Idk why they only had him talk about 3 characters, he’s played in so many good films

  • OmniDragon
    OmniDragon Ай бұрын +2

    I'm sad he didn't talk about Penelope, that's one of my favorite movies he's in

  • mila2402
    mila2402 Ай бұрын +2

    Wanted was such a fun movie! Great soundtrack too.

  • Jellybob
    Jellybob 2 ай бұрын +1

    It physically pains me how phenomenal his first two X-Men films were, especially Days of Future Past to then go to how atrocious his last two were.

  • Clem Fandango
    Clem Fandango 2 ай бұрын +3

    James is phenomenal in Filth and Last king of Scotland is a top film also

  • DG31
    DG31 Ай бұрын +4

    Is it possible for him to actually look way better now then younger? 😍😍😍😍🤤🤤🤤🤤. He was great in the Split movies and as Professor X.

  • David
    David 2 ай бұрын +120

    His Xavier in Days of Future Past was absolutely phenomenal......world class performance......should've gotten a nomination

      GRASSFED CHARLIE 2 ай бұрын +3

      That role seemed particularly challenging. I love that movie

  • Nobody survives even one bit
    Nobody survives even one bit 2 ай бұрын +25

    Been a fan of him since first class.

    • kira
      kira 2 ай бұрын +1

      Me too.

    • Chase Hedges67
      Chase Hedges67 2 ай бұрын +1

      Same. He was good in that movie

  • Madison Kim
    Madison Kim Ай бұрын +6

    Wish he won an Oscar for Split 😢

  • moon moon
    moon moon 2 ай бұрын +3

    One of my favorite actors of all time!

  • lovetownsend
    lovetownsend Ай бұрын +3

    2:06 Just a normal photo, not even some vogue set up shot and Angelina Jolie looks flawlessly beautiful

  • Issy H
    Issy H 2 ай бұрын +7

    ive seen every james mcavoy film so i am literally an expert at this subject i cannot wait to watch my hands are actually shaking

  • abraxas365
    abraxas365 2 ай бұрын +2

    Shame. I would have been interested in his thoughts on playing Leto Atreides II in Children of Dune. It was a thousand years ago, but it was the first time I saw McAvoy and I was really impressed.

    PURAVIDA 2 ай бұрын

    Watching James talk about how much thought he put into professor X shows you how far the level of film making has fallen these last few years…

  • BrokenGlassShimmerLikeStarDust
    BrokenGlassShimmerLikeStarDust 2 ай бұрын +3

    Wow, this video is like a masterclass of his acting decisions and methods

  • UngodlyU
    UngodlyU 2 ай бұрын

    Wanted is one of my favorite action movies and i'm amazed that it's rarely/almost never mentioned when talking about great action movies.

  • PAUL
    PAUL 2 ай бұрын +2

    James McAvoy has so many iconic roles in such interesting movies, making a GQ about his biggest but lamest roles is really disappointing. WHAT ABOUT FILTH? That’s a great movie

    • LadyJ2389
      LadyJ2389 Ай бұрын

      Well he already spoke about that movie in part 1, and maybe he himself wanted to talk about these movies because it's obvious they mean something to him.

  • Stacy s
    Stacy s Ай бұрын

    The last king of Scotland - normally I avoid such movies - Just the idea that those sort of things are happening in the world turns my stomach - i just can't handle it. But the performances of the actors reeled me in - It was difficult, but he and forrest whitaker are just so amazing in it , I am happy I watched it, moving. Love him in many things- love his Xavier.

  • findlay
    findlay 2 ай бұрын +3

    What a legend 👏

  • Christopher Avila
    Christopher Avila Ай бұрын +3

    He's such a casual acting actor that it's almost like he doesn't care but he does if that makes sense

  • Naz98
    Naz98 Ай бұрын +1

    This was great! So cool to know he was at Vapiano to read his X-Men script. Wish he talked about Starter for 10.

  • Tom Martyn
    Tom Martyn 2 ай бұрын +4

    Days of future past might be one of the most underrated movies of all time

  • Paul Jones
    Paul Jones 2 ай бұрын +6

    I wish they would have done a little bit on his role in The last King of Scotland

  • I'm Not Punk
    I'm Not Punk 2 ай бұрын +3

    I've seen so many of his movies and I love him as an actor and still had no idea he had such a thick accent

  • James Stiff
    James Stiff 2 ай бұрын +332

    His performance in Split will be shown in acting schools around the world. He was incredible.

    GHETTI 2 ай бұрын +3

    I was expecting the last king of Scotland to be here, that was the first time I saw James McAvoy that movie is awesome!

  • Melissa Malone
    Melissa Malone Ай бұрын +1

    He’s just brilliant!

  • John Nunamaker
    John Nunamaker 2 ай бұрын +178

    James has such a tremendous range. So glad he brings it in all his films, even the fun ones. One of the few actors I'll seek out just to watch his performances.

  • Kartikey Gupta
    Kartikey Gupta 2 ай бұрын +14

    last king of scotland , atonement,Narnia,filth? those are actually iconic

    • Adwoa Peprah
      Adwoa Peprah 2 ай бұрын +1

      Filth and Narnia are in the first part

    • kira
      kira 2 ай бұрын +3

      They ran out of time I guess he has so many iconic roles.

  • Mute Falon
    Mute Falon Ай бұрын

    Really hope I get to see him just 1 more time as Professor X

  • Liam Mellon
    Liam Mellon 2 ай бұрын +2

    Now we just need to hear him talk about his time hosting SNL

  • Isaac F
    Isaac F 2 ай бұрын +4

    such a underrated actor

  • Zeynep Kıymet
    Zeynep Kıymet Ай бұрын +31

    You know you’re a legend when people literally fight over what your best role is under a video of your most iconic roles

  • El_Estrago
    El_Estrago 2 ай бұрын +8

    This dude is TOP TIER to me

  • yasseford
    yasseford 2 ай бұрын +4

    I feel like he was a young kid in Wanted like five seconds ago. This guy looks ancient now.

  • Griffgames
    Griffgames Ай бұрын +35

    In his early action movies, directors and stunt coordinators were flabbergasted by James' ability to execute his own stunts. In Behind The Scenes content, several stunt coordinators said he could have easily been a professional Stunt Man in another life if he had applied himself to that.
    They said his instincts for vaulting objects or rolling out of high landings, especially, were top level.
    He could also adapt his body conditioning (weight, muscle mass) very quickly.

    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Ай бұрын +6

      In the film I worked on he was supposed to jump out a 5th floor window, and we were all set-up to do it then the director for some reason changed his mind. But he was all set to jump through a fake window into a (very small looking) dumpster full of pillows on a crane 50ft above a cold hard street in Glasgow.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo 2 ай бұрын +1

    For a reboot of X-Men Macavoy & Fasbender need to come back they are young enough to play the characters again for a long time.

  • Candy Pants
    Candy Pants 2 ай бұрын +4

    He's gonna be in a movie with Benedict Cumberbatch,Laketh Stanfield,Omar Sy,Caleb mclaughlin.... Can't wait!!!

  • Will H
    Will H 2 ай бұрын +221

    Basically every movie I've seen him in, I've liked. Wanted was awesome, but First Class really solidified it for me.
    Also, he helped come up with that gun motion too? No wonder, its pretty iconic at this point.

  • julionumber9
    julionumber9 2 ай бұрын +197

    Days of Future Past is a masterpiece and McAvoy and Fassbender deserved Oscar nominations.

  • T McD
    T McD Ай бұрын +1

    Seeing him in Atonement changed me chemically

  • josy85
    josy85 2 ай бұрын +3

    So hot!!!! And such an underrated actor. His acting in Split is sensational

  • FroggyBomb13
    FroggyBomb13 2 ай бұрын +20

    Him in xmen was the goat

    • Mickey Mouse
      Mickey Mouse 2 ай бұрын +1

      He is awesome I hope marvel brings him back for more X-men movies

    • Chase Hedges67
      Chase Hedges67 2 ай бұрын +3

      He was fantastic as Young Charle Xavier.

    JTMM PRINT S.R.L 2 ай бұрын +5

    I really loved Split

  • spud888
    spud888 2 ай бұрын +1

    Shame you didn't touch on The Last King of Scotland. That was a great film.

  • Nancy
    Nancy 2 ай бұрын +9

    His accent does things to me

  • nwstraith
    nwstraith 2 ай бұрын +1

    I first saw McAvoy in the SciFi Dune series and thinking, this kid is going places.

  • LV 246
    LV 246 2 ай бұрын

    He'd be a great Conor McCleod if they did a new Highlander series.

  • maiyawee veve
    maiyawee veve 2 ай бұрын +4

    I'm kinda dig this "Dr.Strange On Vacation" look he has going on lol

  • scott smith
    scott smith Ай бұрын

    How are you not even gonna mention his role in one of the best mini series of all time...Band of Brothers!?

  • Rodney Cooper Jr
    Rodney Cooper Jr 2 ай бұрын +1

    Man! I was really hoping he would talk about 'The Last King of Scotland'.

  • Joe LeBoeuf
    Joe LeBoeuf Ай бұрын

    I always thought McAvoy was Australian, but I never would've guessed he was Irish.

  • Josh R
    Josh R 2 ай бұрын +1

    These don't mention Victor Frankenstein, but he was great in that. It was a great setup to a potential new series of Frankenstein movies akin to the old Hammer films. McAvoy would have been perfect for that. A real missed opportunity by Universal to never capitalize on that.
    And too bad the writer of that is a flaming pile of garbage.

  • Emma Carp
    Emma Carp Ай бұрын +1

    The next movie he’s on is “Atomic blonde” where he wears a cast due to his broken hand

  • Carloswithac
    Carloswithac 2 ай бұрын +2

    Never knew he had an accent. I was shook.

  • Sriram Vaidyanathan
    Sriram Vaidyanathan Ай бұрын

    The Most underrated actor of all time.

  • CCarolinee
    CCarolinee Ай бұрын +2

    l miss James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender bromance ❤️

  • DaedaSly
    DaedaSly 2 ай бұрын +3

    In Split he was like R.D. Jr. in Tropic Thunder. A dude playing a dude, disguised as another dude.

  • Imran K
    Imran K 2 ай бұрын +83

    That Hedwig dubstep scene is one of the funniest yet kind of unnerving scenes in Split, that alone deserved an Oscar

    • A F
      A F 2 ай бұрын +4

      I don't know about Oscar, but the hamster wheel was the cherry on top of a brilliant scene for sure.

  • K
    K 2 ай бұрын

    I love this man in every movie I seen him in ugh!

  • Andrea oldfield
    Andrea oldfield 2 ай бұрын

    Love this guy ❤

  • Z33 60D
    Z33 60D 2 ай бұрын +2

    Wanted was so elite still holds up

  • John Ayala
    John Ayala Ай бұрын +3

    This is great career synopsis, he is an outstanding jobbing actor too. I hope he gets that one role that catapults him to superstar status. He deserves it all.

  • jeiwaru
    jeiwaru Ай бұрын +4

    I love how Gerard Butler talks about James McAvoy's career. So knowledgeable!

  • SarahBerah120
    SarahBerah120 Ай бұрын +1

    I’ve been waiting for this one!! 😊