Hey folks, it's MoviefoneSandie with another Toronto report. Every year, there are a few lucky stars who have two or more movies debuting at the festival. This year, my favorite of those hard-working thespians is 27-year-old Scottish import James McAvoy, a genuine "Rising Star." If he doesn't look familiar, just imagine him shirtless, hirsute, hoofed, and long-eared. Yes, he's scene-stealing Mr. Tumnus from 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' and boy does he clean up nice. James is here promoting 'The Last King of Scotland,' a drama chronicling Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's relationship with a Scottish doctor; the romantic fable 'Penelope,' starring Reese Witherspoon, and the adorable British college comedy 'Starter for Ten.'
Today I interviewed James over breakfast (his, although I did have an Illy cappuccino in hand) and was impressed at how completely unpretentious, unaffected and unbelievably sweet he is for a celebrity in the making. He's totally unlike some of the ultra-cocky pretty boys and self-absorbed starlets I've interviewed in the past. Maybe it's because the bulk of his celebrity (right now) is based on children under 10 recognizing him as Lucy's special Narnia friend. "One of the first things they always ask is 'Where are your legs?'" he told me. "They seem really disturbed that I don't have hairy legs."
And if his three Toronto films don't prove he's poised for stardom, James recently finished shooting 'Atonement' with Keira Knightley and Vanessa Redgrave for 'Pride & Prejudice' director Joe Wright. Set in the English countryside of 1936, the drama follows what happens to a family when a wealthy 13-year-old falsely accuses a servant's son (played by James) of sexual assault. James is ecstatic about the adaptation: "It was, no disrespect to anything else, the finest experience of my career." James + Keira + the director of 'P & P'? I'm in! And I predict a bright future for James, sweet Scottish lad that he is!