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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Hot Scot James McEvoy

James McEvoy was the man to meet at the recent Toronto Film Festival. As the star of five upcoming films, he’s the new go-to guy of British film.
Best known to American filmgoers as the faun from THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and the hero’s younger brother in WIMBLEDON, this Scots-born actor is more than a match for Forest Whitaker in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Here’s an interview with the 27 year old Glaswegian in the Sunday Telegraph that reveals where he’ll turn up next.

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5 Responses to “Hot Scot James McEvoy”

  1. Valerie Jean Gerke says:

    Have just seen James in “Becoming Jane”-fabulous! Where has this guy been? He seriously needs to make a trip to New York,and do some local theater–a different type of entertainment for all of us in the U.S. to enjoy–not to mention he is adorable! About the movie–brought me right into the 18th century,but I bet the clothing was dreadfully hot-(one would never know because James wouldn’t let it show)—-

  2. Justine_FilmFatale says:

    For your McEvoy enjoyment…
    Rent STARTER FOR TEN immediately. This actor is just as charming in the 20th century romantic comedy (it’s set in 1985 Brighton, England).
    I think he’s even better in ATONEMENT, the upcoming adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel.

  3. Patrick says:

    He was GREAT as Simon in Bright Young Things

  4. Alexis Brett-Bacon says:

    I’m in love!

  5. valerie gerke says:

    Can’t wait to see James in Wanted with Angelina Jolie!Would like to see him do some awesome Shakespeare,though.Did glance through the Shameless vids on Youtube–He is tremendously talented,charming,and taking the U.S. by storm!

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon