James McAvoy talks going “nose-to-nose” with Patrick Stewart in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’


James McAvoy has revealed he will indeed share a scene with Patrick Stewart in the coming X-Men film, Days of Future Past.

We caught up with McAvoy ahead of the release of his new movie Filth, based on Irvine Welsh’s controversial novel of the same name.

During the conversation, he spoke about meeting with Stewart on the set of the highly anticipated superhero flick.

“We had a little bit of time off camera. His last day was my first day, so we crossed over,” McAvoy said.

“We got to share a scene and got to chat a lot about [Professor X] and who he is.

“We play him at such different times in his life, we’re almost different people, and yet they’re linked inextricably.”

Patrick Stewart portrayed Professor Xavier in five of the X-Men features, though McAvoy played him as a young man in the 2011 prequel First Class.

The upcoming Days of Future Past features a time-travel device that will allow them to share the stage.

When asked what the two Professors discussed, McAvoy shared details of their conversation.

“We talked a lot about Macbeth, because we’ve both done Macbeth. Him three or four years ago and me just last year. And yeah, we just had a long chin-wag about the fact that we were going to go nose-to-nose in a scene, and that we’ve both got considerable noses.”

Listen to the entire interview here.

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Filth arrives in Australian and New Zealand cinemas November 21. X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in 2014.

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