James McAvoy is Wanted

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With talk of a Wanted sequel already on the horizon, James McAvoy won't be going anywhere for awhile.

The popular British actor recently spoke to MoviesOnline about the film:

MoviesOnline: Was it a challenge working out for the role?
James McAvoy: It was. I'm glad I did it. I'm glad I did it. There were times where I just wanted to stop and do nothing else. But I had a great trainer called Glen Chapman who was a proper drill sergeant for me. Nice guy but he made me do things that I didn't want to do and he made me sick quite a lot.

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James McAvoy is a Wanted man these days.

And it's good though because apart from the physical aesthetic of they wanted their action hero to be a bit more buff and all that, I wouldn't have got through four and a half months had I not be fitter and more healthy and in better shape than I usually am. I think I was capable of doing all the things in the film but not consistently with the high level intensity being sustained over four and a half months.

Because every day was like a 12, 13, maybe 14 hour day and a lot of it was taken up with stunts. That was quite grueling so I needed to be in better shape than I usually am.

MoviesOnline: What was the most grueling stunt?
James McAvoy: There was a lot of wire stuff that ended up getting cut from the film. The whole ending of the film was different. There was a sequence where Morgan and I fall through like four levels of a building that is blowing up as we fall through the levels, fighting each other as we do it. That was four days on wires in a harness having your groin ruptured and that's never fun.

That was probably the most grueling thing, and then to find out that it has been cut out of the film. "Yeah, yeah, it didn't work, wasn't very good. It was really boring." You're like, "What?!" "Yeah, we're reshooting it. We're doing this scene that takes like 20 minutes to film. That will end the film." "What? Is there going to be a harness?" "No." "All right."

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Wanted Quotes

Welcome... to the Fraternity. This gun you're holding belonged to your father, he could conduct a symphony orchestra with it.


Sloan: It a choice, Wesley, that each of us must face: to remain ordinary, pathetic, beat-down, coasting through a miserable existence, like sheep herded by fate, or you can take control of your own destiny and join us, releasing the caged wolf you have inside. Our purpose is to maintain stability in an unstable world - kill one, save a thousand. Within the fabric of this world, every life hangs by a thread. We are that thread - a fraternity of assassins, weapons of fate. This is the decision that lies before you know: the sheep, or the wolf. The choice is yours.