James McAvoy is more than a pretty face. He possesses a wide set of theatrical skills that he put forward most recently in M. night. Shyamalan’s highly acclaimed Split. ComiConverse Contributor Elodie Cure runs down five unmissable performances by this sometimes underrated actor.
Thanks to this production, the Scottish actor rose to prominence.
5. Atonement (2007)
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Admittedly, it is not the best work of his career but surely one of his most important roles.
In this romantic drama by Joe Wright based on the bestselling novel, McAvoy woos Keira Knightley. As a cursed couple on screen, they form a poignant tandem faithful to the book characters. It is hard not to be caught up in the story in which a simple lie changes the lives of the lovers forever.
4. Trance (2013)
With this jarring film, Danny Boyle revisits and modernizes film noir. Three protagonists confront each other. This dark psychological thriller plunges us into the depths of main character Simon’s spirit. The variety of the character is played brilliantly by the ever changeable McAvoy. Under the supervision of the established producer, McAvoy gives a versatile performance comprised of many shades.
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The Last King of Scotland marked a major turning point in the career of the young actor who was only 27 years old when the film was released. This biopic recounts the story of Nicholas Garrigan, a freshly graduated doctor trapped at the heart of an abused Uganda terrified by Idi Amin. McAvoy gives a clean and flawless performance. He plays opposite, Forest Whitaker who portrays the megalomaniac dictator. McAvoy won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Whitaker took home an Academy Award for his work.
2. Split (2016)
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For the long-waited return of M. Night Shaymalan, McAvoy slips into the skin of a man saddled with a dissociative identity disorder consisting of 23 personalities. This role confirms the malleability that characterizes the actor. He simultaneously changes physically and psychologically. McAvoy aligns various tics and tones to create distinct characters inhabiting the same body.
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As an unsung, coarse and unfettered Scottish satire, Filth adapts the third novel written by Irvin Welsh after Trainspotting and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy. It tells the tale of a fall into the depths of human darkness. Bruce is a dirty and amoral cop suffering from chronic depression. He wallows in a world in which he is the master. However, as obnoxious as he could be, he remains a touching character who creates empathy. Essentially, Filth defies the codes of the genre and is perfectly carried by a unrecognizable and talented James McAvoy.
If you are as fan of James as we are, his new film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, will be released in August. Please feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.
Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure.
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