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Movie Q&A; JAMES McAVOY Becoming Jane.

Q THERE have been some raised eyebrows at Anne Hathaway playing English writer Jane Austen in this film. What did you think of an American playing an Englishwoman?

A ANNIE is exceptional and beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow's days of playing English women are over. I think you find the right actor - you don't find the right accent - and she is undoubtedly brilliant. When you find a British person playing an American, nobody bats an eyelid here. We don't say "This is terrible, it should be an American playing this part", so I don't know why we get so annoyed.

Q ONE of your other co-stars Keira Knightley has been in the news recently denying claims she has an eating disorder but you starred with her in Atonement, so what's the deal?

A SHE'S got a big head and a skinny neck... and she doesn't have huge breasts, so they say she's anorexic. She's really not. I'll vouch for her. I've felt every part of her in many scenes in Atonement and she is fine There's meat on those bones, I guarantee you.

Q AS a new Scotsman in Hollywood, do you like wearing a kilt?

A I'M a McAvoy, so I should wear a McAvoy tartan but I wear my grandfather's tartan, the Johnston tartan. Nowadays, no clansman will come and behead me for it."

Q ARE you a true Scotsman?

A YES, I don't wear anything under it.

Q TELL us more about your character?

A WE think he is Austen's first beau although nothing comes of it. The film charts the relationship and how the relationship may have influenced Jane Austen's novels and the characters she went on to write.

Q AFTER Last King of Scotland why would anyone want to go and see you in a period drama?

A BECAUSE it's a really big story. It's a romantic, fun, sexy love story.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 9, 2007
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