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Friday 6 March 2015

James McAvoy: I love treats

James McAvoy
James McAvoy

James McAvoy is quite happy answering questions to promote his work as long as his favourite "retro snack" is provided.

The Scottish actor has been busily promoting two of his movies which are both out this month.

The 33-year-old - who stars in British thriller Welcome to the Punch and Danny Boyle’s heist film Trance - doesn't mind doing numerous interviews as long as his favourite nibbles are provided.

"At a press junket, you sit there for two or three days and you end up answering the same questions over and over again. It's not that bad. As long as there's good snacks," James joked to BBC Radio 1. "I'm a fan of the retro snack like a bourbon cream or a ginger snap [biscuit]. Dunking material is very important at a junket. Normally it is all posh snacks, like nachos, when all you want is a bourbon cream. Or posh chips, where they shred the chips. Now truffles on chips, that's posh, but so good."

The hard-working star is also currently starring in a theatre production of Shakespeare's Macbeth in London's West End. In general his work gets a positive reception, but he confessed critics have given him a hard time in the past.

"Talky talky, I don't mind it. It’s good and I'm proud of what I've done. I've had two films come out this same month so I've had to do a lot of talking at the same time as my play. People are nice though. You get the odd journalist that says, 'Why did you become an actor? Why did you do this to us?'" James laughed. "It's not all the time, but if someone has a particular issue with the movie or with you, then you get it. It is very rare. People are genuinely very pleasant."

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