X-Men fans listen up! Over the weekend, James McAvoy posted the below photo on his Instagram account:
This photo is exciting because it tells us a couple of things:
- The X-Men: Dark Phoenix cast are together in Montreal, which means filming is starting soon!
- James is now sporting his bald head again for Charles Xavier (and the Hairavoy vs. Baldavoy fandom lost their goddamn minds on Twitter). For the record I’m Team Hairavoy.
- Justin Trudeau is joining the X-Men. JUST KIDDING. But like, what would his powers be?
Notably missing from this photo are Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult who are reprising their roles as Magneto, Mystique, and Beast respectively. I know this franchise has been through so many iterations but I will keep watching. I even paid to see X-Men: Apocalypse. But I’m so glad they are giving McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, and Holt another go at this because I personally hated them ending it on the trainwreck that was Apocalypse. Maybe Simon Kinberg is all hyped up from Logan and wants to do things right this time (God I hope so).
Anyway, in celebration of this X-Men news, and because I am self-admittedly a McAvoy fangirl, I want to share my top 5 favorite James McAvoy films. I will also mark whether McAvoy cries or not in each film because I believe he cries in 90% of his movies. There’s a fun fact for ya. The man can cry.
5. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
This is the film that really gave McAvoy’s career a boost. Based on the true story of Uganda president Ira Amin (played by Forest Whitaker), McAvoy plays a young doctor that becomes the personal physician to Amin. The film can be intense at times and both Whitaker and McAvoy give fantastic performances. It was the first film where you started to see what McAvoy can do. He received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor while Whitaker took home the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Tears: Yes (of the tortured variety)
Bonus: This film takes place in the 70s so McAvoy is sporting a great sideburn haircut and clothes.
This film is not an easy watch. McAvoy plays a Edinburgh Detective Sergeant who’s a drunk, a misogynist, a homophobe, fighting a lot of inner demons etc. Bottom line, the dude is a hot mess in this film. For example, there’s a scene where he is watching a home movie of his estranged wife and son, while masturbating, while simultaneously having phone sex with his co-workers wife while pretending to be a game show host. The film is a wild ride that shows McAvoy’s range so it had to make this list. He also takes a child’s balloon and let’s it fly away. My weird sense of humor made this a comedic moment for me…
Tears: Yes (of the emotional breakdown variety)
3. X-Men: First Class (2011)
It was really hard to pick between X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. In X-Men: First Class, Professor X’s role in that movie lent itself for James to be more light hearted and charming. Which, let’s be honest, is one of McAvoy’s best qualities.
Also, my favorite bromance, Fassavoy (McAvoy + Fassbender), just shines in this film. What is it about Professor X and Magneto that blossoms the best bromances?
Tears: Yes (of the “I feel your pain, bro” variety)
2. Starter for 10 (2006)
I’m not sure why, but this pre-Atonement McAvoy film just holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s his Essex accent. Maybe it’s his pretty excellent comedic timing in this film. Maybe it’s Charles Dance’s (AKA #1 dad in Westeros Tywin Lannister’s) small role in the buff. Maybe it’s the scene where McAvoy gets high as hell for the first time and eats everything in sight. Maybe it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s really bad hair.
Fun fact: I went up to James McAvoy at a party once and told him this film is underrated. He agreed.
Tears: Yes (of the “reminiscing about my childhood” variety).
1. Atonement (2007)
Did you really think my #1 pick would be anything else? This is one film where I can remember vividly watching it for the first time. I hadn’t read the book so I was going in completely blind. I was home from college on a break and was watching it alone at my dad’s house. MISTAKE. I cried like a hysterical woman. I was completely blindsided. If you’re going to watch this film for the first time, I suggest maybe not watching it alone and if you do, make sure you have a solid phone-a-friend available.
The cinematography in this film is gorgeous. The score is perfect and Keira Knightly and James are play their roles so well that the story just breaks your heart. James was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role. I’m also a sucker for period pieces and since this is set during WWII, it’s kind of my sweet spot. I could write more about how James has never looked better in any other role like hot damn (*cough* library scene *cough). I could swim in your blue eyes.
Tears: ALL THE TEARS BECAUSE EVERYTHING SUCKS.
Honorable Mention: Split (2017). McAvoy’s acting is incredible in this film (he plays 9 different personalities) but as a movie the others trump it.
Are you excited for X-Men: Dark Phoenix? Have a favorite McAvoy film? Tell us in the comments!