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Welsh My mum's in a huff at star Filth.

Irvine Welsh has told how he got an earbashing from his mother - over James McAvoy's transformation from a clean-cut star to sleazy cop.

He says that when he showed his mum Jean the trailer for upcoming film Filth, she was disgusted by the role the actor had taken on.

In it, McAvoy is seen in numerous sex scenes and taking part in drug deals and violent exchanges.

Welsh said: "When I showed my mum the trailer, she was like, 'What have you done to that lovely James McAvoy?'" Even Welsh wasn't sure that McAvoy - known for his roles in period drama Atonement and as an upper-class professor in X-Men - could take on the gritty character of police officer Bruce Robertson.

But after spending some time with the actor, his mind was completely changed.

He said: "James was so clean-cut, he looked about 10 years old. But, after sitting with him for half an hour, he got into character. He aged and looked really sleazy.

"When I first saw the rushes, I thought, 'F*** me, that's exactly how I saw Bruce Robertson'.

"There was nothing for my imagination to fight to get past, he had become that character."

The movie of Welsh's book, the story of an Edinburgh policeman gone bad, is due to be released next month.

It is directed by Jon S Baird, known for his work on football hooligan film Green Street.

Filth also stars Jamie Bell and Shirley Henderson.

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