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Thursday 25 December 2014

James McAvoy: Sex scenes are hard

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  James Mcavoy attends the PeaceEarth foundation fundraising gala at Banqueting House on November 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
James McAvoy

James McAvoy has spoken about how horrifically embarrassing he finds shooting love scenes.

The Scottish star met Anne-Marie Duff while shooting UK TV show Shameless, where their characters were also in a relationship. Despite their off-set romance, James insists their intimate scenes were incredibly uncomfortable.

"Even with my wife it was awkward," he told British newspaper The Times.

"We weren’t together yet. I fancied her, but you don’t want to make that person feel like they’re being abused, or that you’re enjoying yourself."

James has filmed love scenes with stars including Angelina Jolie and Rosario Dawson and they have never got any easier. He always worries about being believable and gets embarrassed about touching his co-stars.

"It’s usually so uncomfortable that it’s more about making it look like you’re really going for this person while convincing the person that you’re not having a good time, while at the same time not making them feel like you’re saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not enjoying it, because you’re f**king stinking," he laughed.

"It’s treacherous ground, and you can overstep the mark."

James has many films coming up soon, among them Welcome to the Punch. It's about a former criminal who puts himself in danger to protect his son and is one of the few roles which James embarked on a fitness regime for.

"I don’t normally work out," he admitted. "I think that when everybody works out we’re going to have to go to Lithuania to cast normal-looking people. As it is, America has to cast Brits to play normal people."

He can also be seen in Danny Boyle's movie Trance and Jon S. Baird's Filth, both of which are serious releases. He didn't make a conscious effort to take on solemn parts and rejects the idea it was a way of dealing with his childhood.

The star's parents split when he was young and after his mother fell ill he was looked after by his grandparents. He doesn't see this as a negative thing at all.

"I think I did my dealing with stuff at the time, and I don’t think there’s any stuff I need to revisit from my childhood to understand who I am," he said.

"I think when big sh*t happens to you when you’re young it sensitises you to the fact that you’re not the only person in the world. You start to look outwards earlier, and to see that heavy sh*t is happening everywhere. I think that’s what started me on the path of watching people, which I’ve never really stopped."

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