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Tuesday 27 January 2015

James McAvoy: We've all been wronged

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  Actor James McAvoy attends the 2012 Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 15, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
James McAvoy

James McAvoy is convinced we’ve “all been wronged” no matter our status in society and heist films like his latest project Trance help audiences to escape the feeling of being double-crossed.

The 33-year-old Scottish actor stars as an art auctioneer who helps a band of crooks steal a masterpiece by Spanish painter Goya in Danny Boyle’s new heist film Trance.

He’s convinced the film will be a hit at the box office because of this innate feeling shared by mankind of being double-crossed or stabbed in the back.

"We've all been wronged at some point, we've all been down on our luck at some point, we all feel like we've been wronged by life somehow, whether we've got a good life or not," he told ET Online.

James thinks this common experience transcends social status.

The fact is heist movies like Trance help viewers to escape it, he says.

"Whoever's taking the thing or stealing the thing in stories, I think represents us sort of talking back from fate what it took from us, so that's why we like heist movies, because it's like, 'Yeah, I'm going to take what's mine,' " James explained.

Trance also stars Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The film is scheduled to open in US cinemas next month.

James has a busy few months ahead.

He recently completed work on Jon S. Baird comedy crime drama Filth, set for release later this year.

He will also be seen in Ned Benson’s duelling films The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers in 2013, about a couple’s relationship as told separately by husband and wife.

Next year he will return as Charles Xavier for Bryan Singer’s X-Men sequel Days of Future Past.

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