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  • GQ
    GQ  Month ago +119

    Watch James McAvoy break down more of his iconic characters: clip-share.net/video/DuKpwolfNX8/video.html

    • Craig Hicks
      Craig Hicks 15 days ago

      Shameful there's no mention of Bruce Robertson!

    • hbe421
      hbe421 Month ago +1

      @elsavirinas and LKOS

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      elsavirinas Month ago +2


    • osp254
      osp254 Month ago

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

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  • Tribal Peacock
    Tribal Peacock Month ago +1725

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

    • Tranceplant82
      Tranceplant82 14 days ago +1

      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 22 days ago +1

      or Atonement...

    • Julien Forletta
      Julien Forletta 23 days ago +2

      He was INCREDIBLE in filth. Such an underrated movie.

    • Max Mizu
      Max Mizu Month ago

      @Sulayman Mughal oscar issac in moon knight!🤩 more emotional performance (especially in episode 5) n more positive representation of DID

    • foil
      foil  Month ago +7

      the controversy of the movie is probably why he wasn't nominated, the director portrayed DID in a negative and inaccurate way 🤷‍♀

  • Mikko Piironen
    Mikko Piironen Month ago +869

    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 Month ago +2

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

  • sabii
    sabii Month ago +713

    His performance in Atonement was really great.

    • Anna Tomasik
      Anna Tomasik 23 days ago

      One of the saddest movies ever 😢

    • Angela Anderson
      Angela Anderson 25 days ago

      @shobae Totally agree!

    • plinia poly
      plinia poly 26 days ago

      We need part 3

    • kira
      kira Month ago +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 Month ago

      @201hastings yeah aren't they like Oscar nominated roles, they have to include them

  • Yasmeen Che M
    Yasmeen Che M Month ago +312

    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.

  • Meghan McGhee
    Meghan McGhee Month ago +77

    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 Month ago +3

      “But I’m Scottish!”

  • Vipul
    Vipul Month ago +809

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

    • kira
      kira Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +46

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

  • Nobody survives even one bit

    His performance in split deserved an Oscar.

    • SubhaVijay2007
      SubhaVijay2007 15 days ago

      He had actually talked abt oscars and what kind of politics & a**kissing goes on for nominations in this GQ magazine interview

    • Jay
      Jay 25 days ago

      @LifeIsZealous It's a movie bro, no one thought it's a documentary. Attention seekers like Trisha Peytas do much more damage.

    • FreeThugger
      FreeThugger 28 days ago

      @LifeIsZealousno it wasn’t people just cry bout everything nowadays. Can’t be creative at all anymore without people crying about it for not being accurate or true, when all movies try to do is tell a story with a certain perspective.

    • FRAG OUT
      FRAG OUT Month ago +1

      I HATE, M. Night movies, EXCEPT Split and a couple others. BUT, his performance ABSOLUTELY deserved an Oscar!!

    • elijah reid
      elijah reid Month ago

      It wasn't long enough.

  • John Nunamaker
    John Nunamaker Month ago +173

    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.

  • James Stiff
    James Stiff Month ago +323

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

  • julionumber9
    julionumber9 Month ago +187

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

  • David
    David Month ago +112

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

      GRASSFED CHARLIE Month ago +3

      That role seemed particularly challenging. I love that movie

  • Jack Kenway
    Jack Kenway Month ago +93

    He cracked me up real good when he said: "Thank you very much for watching my characters, that they said they were iconic." 😂

  • Chase Hedges67
    Chase Hedges67 Month ago +210

    James Mcavoy is one of the greatest actors of all time

  • Eddie Cardwell
    Eddie Cardwell Month ago +668

    Such a great actor. We need more McAvoy movies.

  • Youssef Youssef
    Youssef Youssef Month ago +18

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

  • kira
    kira Month ago +52

    Atonement and The Last King of Scotland were excluded in both parts? That's crazy but I guess he has too many iconic roles and they couldn't do part 3. Only legends can relate!

  • MajimasMajimemes
    MajimasMajimemes Month ago +12

    I wish people would talk about Filth (2013) more. McAvoys performance in that was both terrifying and heartbreaking.

  • NJ
    NJ Month ago +62

    he's insanely talented!! his performance in Split/Glass was magnificent!

  • Food Reacts
    Food Reacts Month ago +25

    Such a great actor. We need more McAvoy movies. absolute legend

  • Mickey Mouse
    Mickey Mouse Month ago +39

    I hope the MCU brings him back for more X-men movies

  • Philani Kearabetswe Nhlanhlana

    His performance in "The Last King of Scotland" was out of this world.

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  • TheCarlScharnberg
    TheCarlScharnberg Month ago +39

    Love him. Great actor, and seems very genuine.

  • James Mac Oisdealbhaigh

    Split is a masterclass that every actor aspires to be.. That movie is pure art 👌

  • Lakshmi
    Lakshmi Month ago +60

    I got to see James perform live in London twice … and I’m telling you, give this man his Oscar already.

    • lolsaXx
      lolsaXx Month ago

      He's said before that he really doesnt care about the oscars. He seems like a very fine to earth guy.

    • Mariana Alves Simões
      Mariana Alves Simões Month ago

      Hi,he's nice in person?

  • Joe Mc
    Joe Mc Month ago +556

    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.

    • germandarling123
      germandarling123 Month ago

      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 ☺️

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    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Month ago +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 Month ago +1

      @Joe Mc Everyone lies. Point invalid.

    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Month ago +7

      @The One Who Knocks Those who lie themselves are always fastest to assume others are lying to them.

  • Pork Woofles
    Pork Woofles Month ago +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.

  • Quinn Hen
    Quinn Hen Month ago +16

    Absolutely LOVE HIM!!! So quick, funny and unbelievably talented!!!

  • Dreams & Teddy Bears
    Dreams & Teddy Bears Month ago +14

    We need a Part 3. Atonement is a must!

  • Nobody survives even one bit

    His accent is so good to listen to.

    • Elise Jackson
      Elise Jackson Month ago

      It's the most entrancing thing.

    • ankae
      ankae Month ago +3

      scots n irish folks have the best english speaking accents to me, hands down

    • Kirch
      Kirch Month ago +1

      Ikr such a lovely accent

    • Chase Hedges67
      Chase Hedges67 Month ago +7

      Scottish accent is good

  • Insula Arachnid
    Insula Arachnid Month ago +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!

  • Renaissance Man
    Renaissance Man Month ago +14

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

  • laura hawkes
    laura hawkes Month ago +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.

  • Daniel Muchnick
    Daniel Muchnick Month ago +17

    He should have gotten an Oscar nomination at the very least for Split

  • Some Mistakes
    Some Mistakes Month ago +7

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

  • jenbrock412
    jenbrock412 Month ago +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 Month ago

      or State of Play

    • Anunnakid
      Anunnakid Month ago

      I concur.

    • Ryan Price
      Ryan Price Month ago +2

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

    • Food Reacts
      Food Reacts Month ago


    • gllyflower
      gllyflower Month ago +9

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

  • MiceMan
    MiceMan Month ago +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.

  • Joshua Mohlman
    Joshua Mohlman Month ago +12

    Wanted was the first movie I saw with James McAvoy, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since

  • Asli
    Asli Month ago +14

    This video was great, I just love James McAvoy so much.

  • Katie H
    Katie H Month ago +13

    This silver fox look is REALLY working for him 🥵

  • Kathryn Tyna
    Kathryn Tyna Month ago +7

    Let’s also not forget his voice acting in Sandman

  • originaozz
    originaozz Month ago +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 Month ago +2

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

  • m*Σ*t*H
    m*Σ*t*H Month ago +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 Month ago +2

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

  • HM4 Hill
    HM4 Hill Month ago +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

  • Elsewhere
    Elsewhere Month ago +24

    His performance as Russell Crowe in this interview is pretty iconic

    • Bangerzz421
      Bangerzz421 Month ago +1

      He looks just like Russel lol.

  • Elliott Dekeyzer
    Elliott Dekeyzer Month ago +4

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

  • Chase Hedges67
    Chase Hedges67 Month ago +26

    Wanted(2008) was such an awesome action movie.

  • That's a Bingo
    That's a Bingo Month ago +20

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

  • Karina HW
    Karina HW Month ago +2

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

  • Seth Kozar
    Seth Kozar Month ago +4

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

  • Griffgames
    Griffgames Month ago

    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.

  • DG31
    DG31 Month ago +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.

  • Rachel
    Rachel Month ago +5

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

    PURAVIDA Month ago

    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…

  • OmniDragon
    OmniDragon Month ago +2

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

  • Jellybob
    Jellybob Month ago +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.

  • mila2402
    mila2402 Month ago +2

    Wanted was such a fun movie! Great soundtrack too.

  • MIM
    MIM Month ago +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 Month ago +1

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

    • Si Fi
      Si Fi Month ago +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.

  • Kathryn Tyna
    Kathryn Tyna Month ago +4

    Him as Xavier is/was amazing I hope Marvel brings him in!

  • Griffgames
    Griffgames Month ago +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 Month ago +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.

  • lovetownsend
    lovetownsend Month ago +3

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

  • PAUL
    PAUL Month ago +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 Month ago

      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.

  • Madison Kim
    Madison Kim Month ago +6

    Wish he won an Oscar for Split 😢

  • AZtronomy
    AZtronomy Month ago +6

    I wish he talked about Band of Brothers, though a small role.

  • Liz
    Liz Month ago +3

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

  • Clem Fandango
    Clem Fandango Month ago +3

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

  • moon moon
    moon moon Month ago +3

    One of my favorite actors of all time!

  • Stacy s
    Stacy s Month ago

    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.

  • Issy H
    Issy H Month ago +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 Month ago +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.

  • BrokenGlassShimmerLikeStarDust

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

  • Nobody survives even one bit

    Been a fan of him since first class.

  • Phrike
    Phrike Month ago

    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.

  • Will H
    Will H Month ago +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.

  • Danny Bartlett
    Danny Bartlett Month ago +2

    What an actor 👏 he has the ability to draw you in

  • Paul Jones
    Paul Jones Month ago +6

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

  • Naz98
    Naz98 Month ago +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.

  • Kartikey Gupta
    Kartikey Gupta Month ago +14

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

    • Adwoa Peprah
      Adwoa Peprah Month ago +1

      Filth and Narnia are in the first part

    • kira
      kira Month ago +3

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

  • Tom Martyn
    Tom Martyn Month ago +4

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

  • findlay
    findlay Month ago +3

    What a legend 👏

  • ingetnamn
    ingetnamn Month ago +2

    Loved the guy in Shameless; great actor!

  • Mute Falon
    Mute Falon Month ago

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

  • Liam Mellon
    Liam Mellon Month ago +2

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

  • yasseford
    yasseford Month ago +4

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

  • I'm Not Punk
    I'm Not Punk Month ago +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

  • Josh R
    Josh R Month ago +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.

  • Melissa Malone
    Melissa Malone Month ago +1

    He’s just brilliant!

  • Zeynep Kıymet
    Zeynep Kıymet Month ago +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

    GHETTI Month ago +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!

  • kagura
    kagura Month ago +22

    I think his role in Filth is also pretty iconic

    • Joe Mc
      Joe Mc Month ago

      He's suspiciously cute in drag.

    • Mon the jam tarts 21
      Mon the jam tarts 21 Month ago

      Same rules apply

    • kagura
      kagura Month ago

      glad to know it was acknowledged first 😊

    • Jigglypuff
      Jigglypuff Month ago +4

      Other video on British GQ channel

  • Isaac F
    Isaac F Month ago +4

    such a underrated actor

    THE GMS SHOW Month ago +1

    Wanted is still one of my favorite movies ever

  • theplourde
    theplourde Month ago +1

    Wanted needs a sequel!

  • spud888
    spud888 Month ago +1

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

  • Christopher Avila
    Christopher Avila Month ago +3

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

  • Candy Pants
    Candy Pants Month ago +4

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

  • T McD
    T McD Month ago +1

    Seeing him in Atonement changed me chemically

  • maiyawee veve
    maiyawee veve Month ago +4

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

  • Joe LeBoeuf
    Joe LeBoeuf Month ago

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

  • Rodney Cooper Jr
    Rodney Cooper Jr Month ago +1

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