Sound Bite: James McAvoy – The buzz surrounding the film
No. It’s great. It’s nice that people are saying the film’s good. I hope it lends itself to getting people into the cinema, you know? Cause that’s the ultimate award I think if you get lots of people to go and see it. Uh it’s all very well making a really good film, which I think this is. But, you know, if you can’t compete with the, the big special effecty jobs of this world, then it’s a shame. Um, that’s the ultimate award. It’s wonderful that they’re saying good things, but I try not to think about it. Yes it would be amazing. I’d love it if the film won lots of awards, but um, but I try not to think about it, because you can get yourself a bit too, you can get yourself, you know, the lessons of that For Your Consideration, the Christopher Guest film, ought to be learned. They have been learned, and I’ve put them into practice.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – Catherine O’Hara from For Your Consideration
Catherine O’Hara, man. Oh… I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Catherine, she’s a great actress, but she’s brilliant in that film. She’s brilliant in that film.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – What it’s like to work with Knightley
Much like working with Catherine O’Hara. Umm… She’s really good, actually. Uh, good fun, hard working, and we both got off on the same foot. We understood that we both had similar ideas right from the beginning about where we wanted to take the characters, you know, eh, and where we wanted to take the relationship, so it was really, it was really constructive, actually.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – More on Knightley
You have to take it beyond just the script, but you also have to say, you know, these characters have only got four scenes together, I think. And uh, and you’ve got to build a romantic tragedy on those four scenes when you do your part, so you kinda have to make those scenes count and uh and that’s where uh a personal relationship came into play and we got on really well and we talked a lot about the work, and we agreed a lot, like really easily about the work. So it just meant, it just felt really easy, you know.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – The scale of the film and the director
Yeah, it’s like a, it’s quite an intimate epic I think, you know, it really, I didn’t expect it to be so epic looking either. Um I just thought it was going to be a nice uh a nice little piece. Um but Joe is more clever than that I think, and he knows how to tell stories. Not just direct actors, not just writing a good script, not just chuck a camera in the right place, he knows how to tell a story using all of those things. Um and he will use all of those things.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – The director
I think it, like you say, he gels. He manages to galvanize his trips really well, um everybody, really crew, as well as actors, um I think feel a sentiment of ownership of the project simply because he and Paul Webster make sure that everybody gets a script. I know that’s a little thing, but that’s a massive thing, and it doesn’t always happen. So everybody knows what’s going on, and when we do a really good scene, everybody knows what that scene’s is about, because they read it, and it gives a sentiment of satisfaction as a crew member I think, and as an actor.
Sound Bite: James McAvoy – His luck and continuing to make films
No I know I’m very very lucky. Um and I’m, I really am grateful and I’m waiting for somebody to say it right, “Time’s up, go back home now, and sweep floors.” Um I’m dead lucky, I hope, I hope to God I can do something as good as these films again in my career, because to do one of these things that I’ve been allowed to be in is a privilege. So I just hope I, I just hope I haven’t peaked.
Description: Atonement Junket James McAvoy Interview
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