UPDATE: I’ve received some startling criticism from a very surly gentleman who has pointed me to many of MacAvoy’s more impressive projects including, Atonement, Last King of Scotland, and X Men: First-Class. I’ll take the hit while wearing gloves. I still think this guy is a far better actor than the projects he chooses (see Wanted, for starters).
The ability to select standout projects is nearly as difficult as the ability to act in them. That lesson has been learned the hard way for many actors, one of which is James McAvoy, whose exceptional acting skills are far surpassed by his terrible taste. It’s an unfortunate truth, and were it not for this weakness, I imagine he’d be contending with Ryan Gosling in today’s market. Watch the trailer for his upcoming film, Filth.