LOS ANGELES: In an interview with the British magazine "GQ," James McAvoy discussed how his decision not to run for an Oscar prevented him from receiving a nomination for his performance on the film "Atonement" (2007).
In the movie "The Last King of Scotland," in which both actors starred in, McAvoy claimed that he seen firsthand what it took for Forest Whitaker to win the leading actor Oscar. According to "Deadline," McAvoy was reportedly not thrilled about how performers had to get close to Academy members to obtain a nod or a vote to win.
It was made apparent to me [with the "The Last King of Scotland" campaign that I was doing it for other people. And I was completely cool with that," McAvoy said to "GQ". However, I was 26 or 27 years old when "Atonement" was released, and I was simply like, "I can't do that, I'm not doing it, I don't want to do it." Seven nominations for the Oscars were given to "Atonement," including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Saoirse Ronan. Dario Marianelli won the award for Best Original Score for the Joe Wright-directed movie.
I wasn't interested in playing that role. I'll promote the movie and make an effort to fill the theatre. But I believed the campaign was cheap, he said.
McAvoy claims that after a 27-year career, he now just seeks for "new events." According to 'Deadline,' he stated, "I enjoy doing it, but I don't love the everyday grind of the film and television business. "Even if the screenplay is terrific, I can't justify getting up at five or six in the morning to go to work and staying out until eight at night. It's very soul-destroying if my character doesn't play an interesting role in that story.