[Movies] James McAvoy Talks About Playing A Corrupt Cop In Filth Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
Based on the Irvine Welsh novel...
In an interview with IGN, James McAvoy talked about playing Bruce Robertson in Filth. The film was written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. Here are highlights:
On what it's like delivering Welsh's dialogue: "It's a joy, but it has to be held together within a film that works and in a film that is worthy of his dialogue and a story that's worthy of his dialogue. His novels are sprawling, not narratives necessarily. But they're sprawling chronicles of the events that these people go through. And in the case of Filth, what this one guy goes through. The film had to tie it together, and I think what the director Jon Baird does brilliantly is the script that he writes fashions a narrative that isn't there in the book, which is the disintegration of his mental state. The guy's clearly got problems in the book, but it's not about his unravelling, whereas the film is definitely a journey through one man's mental breakdown."
On playing corrupt cop Robertson: " I had a giggle doing this. A right old laugh. There were only a couple of times that I felt a little bit squeamish about things. I had a great time. He's in the mold of Richard III or Iago or Blackadder even. A latter-day example of that sort of manipulative underhand and yet kind of funny guy, that is completely horrible – and we wouldn't ever want to have a pint with him – and yet for some reason, when Shakespeare writes him, we want to see him. And I think when Irvine writes him, you want to see him. And I'd put Irvine up there as being as singular and as individual and as talented as Shakespeare. Definitely. Without a f**king shadow of a doubt. And there's a dark poetry to Irvine's work as well."
On some of the more squeamish moments of the film: "There was a scene where I had to force a 15-year-old girl to give me a blow-job. On paper is was fine but in practice doing that scene – with a 21-year-old actress mind – it felt terrible. I felt awful. I really didn't want to do that scene. It was my second day filming as well."