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Atonement
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Dec 6, 2007
James McAvoy – Atonement

Q1: Has this opened in Britain?
JM: Yeah, it opened quite a while ago, in September, I think.

Q2: Had you read the book?
JM: No, I hadn't. I read it after they gave me the part. I had read Saturday by Ian McEwan, but nothing else. I realize that's sort of a cardinal sin for anyone who regard themselves as literate, but it's true nevertheless. Yeah, I was given the book to read after my screen test and my first audition. I just said to Joe, there is no way I'm reading this until you give me the part because I already am desperately involved with this character, and should you not give me the part it's going to be hard enough without reading this epically beautiful novel, which would only make it more harrowing should I not get the part. I said, give me the part and I'll read the bloody book, and you can pay for the book. (laughs) I think I waited about 3.5 weeks and they finally came and offered me the part.

Q3: So you figured out this Hollywood...

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