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McAvoy happy with ice bucket stunt

Actor James McAvoy was happy to bring some light relief to the referendum debate with his ice bucket nomination of both campaign leaders.

The X-Men, Narnia and Last King Of Scotland star challenged Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling to take part in the charity craze last month.

Both men took a brief stop in campaigning to have freezing water poured over their heads and in turn nominated other politicians to do the same.

In his ice bucket video, McAvoy said: ''As it is the year of the Scottish referendum on independence, I'd like to nominate our political champions Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond to do their very worst. Alex, Alistair - you've got 24 hours.''

Speaking after playing in a charity football match at Celtic Park today, during which he scored a penalty, McAvoy said he was glad to see them do it.

"I was (happy to bring some light relief), and to be fair to those guys I thought they came out of it really well, the pair of them.

"It was all getting quite heated and quite shouty and quite serious so it was quite good for them just to make tits of themselves."

Many famous Scots have come out in favour of either a Yes or a No vote in the referendum but McAvoy said he does not want to publicly state which side he is backing.

"I'm not choosing sides publicly, I know where I'm going and I know where my allegiance goes but I'm not going to throw my hat in publicly," the actor said.

"Partly for self-preservation and my career ... it doesn't do you any favours, and also I just don't like politics, I really don't trust politicians and just because they're peddling something that I either like or don't like or it is a very important subject, doesn't mean I like them any more.

"So I don't really want to start backing them publicly."

Another Scottish actor, Martin Compston, also took part in the charity match in Glasgow and said he will be joining the campaign for a Yes vote over the next 10 days and is "looking forward to knocking on some doors".

McAvoy said: "Me and Martin are really good pals but you've got to follow your own path, I'm not criticising anybody else who does anything else, it's just my way (not to publicly back a side)."

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