Mainstream moviegoers are probably used to seeing James McAvoy as the noble, humanity-saving Professor Xavier in two X-Men movies now. Days of Future Past does give him a bit of an edge thanks to an addiction to painkillers, but it's still basically the same safe, family-friendly type of role you'd expect in a superhero movie. McAvoy has another movie out right now, though, and it's far, far, far, far, far, far less family friendly.
It's called Filth, so the title alone should give you an indication of the tone, and in it he plays a dirty, drug-fueled detective who is spiraling out of control while trying to solve a murder mystery so he can land a promotion at work and get back his wife. This is a dark, dark comedy from director Jon S. Baird (Cass) adapted from a novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), and it's got a great supporting cast consisting of Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots and Jim Broadbent.
And to really help sell just how radically different of a role this is from McAvoy's Hollywood stuff, we've got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of the actor describing his favorite scene in the movie (which has a coincidental connection to another movie his X-Men costar Michael Fassbender recently made). Warning, even just the description of what McAvoy says he does in this scene could be called NSFW.
Filth is available now On Demand and in select theaters.
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