Sunday 13 April 2008


Quite a long time ago, I watched a movie called "The Last King of Scotland" starring Forest Whitaker and this young actor with an incredibly lovely Scottish accent. The movie was impressive and violent and made quite an impact on me at the time...

About two weeks ago, I browsed through the new movies I hadn't seen and there it was... "Atonement". I had heard a few nice things about it, but I didn't even know what "atonement" meant. So I decided to watch it... Sat my ass confortably in bed and pushed play... That was the action that marked the beginning of my new passion. I will explain...

A wonderful movie (as most British movies are) developed in front of my eyes and there was this actor in it who made my heart skip a few beats. He looked so much like a guy I used to... fancy (you know who you are), but also a lot like one of the schoolmates I once shared a desk with (and I wish I knew what he was doing at the moment)... But that's another story...

I continued watching, mesmerised and with a stupid grin on my face. It was obvious that a love story was going to develop and, being the uncurable romantic that I am, I was so anxious to see how it would go. A mixture of sad and funny moments... What made me laugh the most was the memorable letter that triggers the events:

"In my dreams,
I kiss your (this is where, I swear, I thought he was going to type lips! Silly me!) cunt, your sweet wet cunt."

and he burst into laugh... My God, I was in love! :)

I won't tell you more details on what happens in the movie, coz I'm sure there are people who did not see it yet and I wouldn't like to spoil it for them. I will only say that it is definitely worth watching and mostly because of the performance that the young actor I mentioned above is given (thanks Karl! ;) ).

Who is he? What does "Atonement" have to do with "The Last King of Scotland"?

He is James McAvoy... And he starred in both movies. He was the young doctor with the lovely Scottish accent.

I found that out by checking IMDb, as well as I found out that he had starred in so many other movies. I HAD to see them. It was the way I spent my next two weeks, searching for his movies and getting more and more hooked up!

Who was this guy? Why hadn't he caught my attention before?

Am I working that much that I don't have time to pay proper attention to the movies I'm watching anymore? He's incredibly talented and I am in no way biased when I say this, just coz nowadays I have a huge crush on him. *blushes*

I can definitely say he's not just another pretty face, noticed by some director while shopping somewhere in L.A. No way!

He was born in Glasgow and he'll be 29 on 21 April this year. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, a tiny little very significant thing that separates the British actors from the Hollywood ones: acting school. He can fit into any kind of role and it makes you think he cannot be the same actor you have seen in the previous movie. Basically, he's no Keanu Reeves (which I adore anyway) who is the same guy in each and every movie he makes.

I will present his movies, the ones I saw anyway, and I warmly invite you to see them:

"Children of Dune"

It's actually a mini-serie from Sci-Fi and I think you'll love it, especially if you're a Science-Fiction fan... which I'm not. He plays Leto. And I didn't quite understand why his name is after so many others when he basically is the heart of the whole thing.


He doesn't have the leading role, but the movie is definitely worth seeing.

"Inside I'm Dancing"

Incredibly touching movie and James McAvoy is awesome. He plays the role of the rebel Irish Rory O'Shea who despite the fact that he's completely paralysed, wants to "live life like he means it".

Wonderful, wonderful movie! You will only realise how lucky you are and how you should enjoy that.

Bravo James!

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

He plays Mr. Tumnus - The Faun. *puts on her childish voice* Vely, vely cute! It would be good to watch this interview...

When this movie came out, I refused to watch it thinking that no fantastic story could ever beat "The Lord of the Rings". I was right, it doesn't even come close, but it's not a bad movie. And James is OH SO CUTE!

"The Last King of Scotland"

I already mentioned this movie. It stars Forest Whitaker, huge, huge actor! But it was James who took the Best Actor award at the Scottish BAFTA for this movie. Heehee!


A movie about loving someone who is... a bit different than the others and looks not being important... Yeah, right, it's a very cute thought, but let's face it... It's never like that. I know it better than anyone else, don't I? Good movie though.

"Starter for 10"

Nice movie about a guy who grows up without his dad and wants to make him proud by participating in a contest having as subject general knowledge... He is determined to know as many things as possible and he falls in love with the wrong girl. Tom Hanks is the executive producer, so it should say a thing about the movie.

"Becoming Jane"

Wonderful love movie! Great performance again.

and finally...


Great, great movie, as I've said before. Must watch it.

Right... So those were the movies I've seen lately. I still have to see
"ShakespeaRe-Told - Macbeth" and some episodes of "Shameless". Heard they were pretty interesting.

I know for sure that I'll keep a close eye on James McAvoy's next moves. His next film featuring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman called
"Wanted" is supposed to come out this summer. Cannot wait!

So... this is James!

PS-Thank you for the photos!


Anonymous said...

couldn't agree more! love love James McAvoy! Another scottish actor I absolutely adore, along side Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor!


shamrockraver said...

Thank you for the comment, Wolvie! :)