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McAvoy: Conspirator lines changed

Published 17/09/2010 | 08:59

James McAvoy says some of the lines were changed in The Conspirator
James McAvoy says some of the lines were changed in The Conspirator

James McAvoy has said some of the lines for his latest film were changed on set because they were too close to the bone.

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James stars in Robert Redford's The Conspirator, which chronicles the little-known aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, when boarding-house owner Mary Surratt - played by Robin Wright - was put on trial at a military tribunal along with male defendants accused of plotting with Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth.

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festval, where the movie premiered, James said: "The fact that the comparisons are there, it's partly because it's about a miscarriage of justice, which I think is completely part of the human experience. Not just the recent experience of post-9/11 Western countries."

He added Redford "was at pains not to let us really ram it down people's throats. Some of the lines we had to change as well because they were just too on the nose, and some of the stuff that some of the characters said were like quotes from many politicians of today".

Any parallels to today arose entirely from the story unfolding in The Conspirator, Redford said.

"The beauty of it is, this is not something that a filmmaker invents to put in there as a kind of a lesson to be learned or something to be preached to get attention. History provides it," Redford said. "History is a series of loops. Patterns keep repeating themselves. If you get McCarthy, you're going to get Nixon, and you're going to get Bush. You're just going to get that. You're going to get those patterns."

The Conspirator co-stars Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson and Colm Meaney.

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