James McAvoy

Plays Robbie Turner in "Atonement."

James McAvoy, who plays Robbie Turner in “Atonement.”

Book I’m reading:
“You Shall Know Our Velocity” by David Eggers

Total number of books I own:
Many

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks
“Atonement” by Ian McEwan

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen?
“Mr. Norrell & Jonathan Strange”

Last film I saw:
“Superbad” by Greg Mottola

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“The Goonies” by Richard Donner
“My Name Is Joe” by Ken Loach
“Kes” by Ken Loach

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female):
Meryl Streep

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Jimmy Johnstone – legendary winger for Glasgow Celtic.

Song currently playing in my iPod:
Don’t have an iPod

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“Piano Man” by Billy Joel
“Dignity” by Deacon Blue
“Fallen” by Kate Rusby

Concert that changed your life:
There isn’t one

Guilty pleasures:
* TV: “Heroes”* Web sites: http://www.multimap.com* YouTube video: “Vader Session”

Who is your inner Muppet?
Definitely Kermit

Best hangover remedy?
Irn-Bru – a near lethal Scottish soft drink – and square sausage

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
The increased ease with which we can communicate is the upside and the downside is that communicating the truth is harder.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Make sure you really want to be an actor.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
Guilt

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Ally Sheedy and the girl from “Saved by the Bell”

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
I don’t generally feel famous.

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Knicks game next to Spike Lee

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
A really dodgy pair of jeans that somehow increased the size of my ass ten-fold.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
I would like you to go and see “Atonement.” What is the real reason behind asking them?

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