McAvoy: Sex scenes are the easy bit
Published 10/02/2010 | 13:24
James McAvoy says filming sex scenes are not awkward, even with your wife on set.
The 30-year-old Scottish actor stars in new Tolstoy biopic The Last Station along with his now pregnant wife Anne Marie Duff, but his character has a love affair with another woman, played by Kerry Condon.
James said: "It's not really awkward ... it's an easy thing to do deal with really because it's just one of the defining aspects of our job and what we do."
He added: "We've worked with each other before where we've had to come up against the same problem and it wasn't an issue then, so we wouldn't have taken the parts if we thought it was going to be nightmare.
"Weirdly, those scenes are dead awkward to do and all that, but at least you know what they are. There's much harder parts and much more awkward parts and much more confrontational parts of our job than those, what you would think are dead sexy scenes."
James revealed a clash of opinions on set with the director was much harder than romping naked in front of a room full of film crew.
He said: "When you just come in and you go 'This scene is rubbish and I don't know how to make it better', and the director thinks it's excellent, that's awkward."
The Last Station also stars Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife, Sofya.
James said: "Christopher Plummer has done 150 films and this is the first year he's been nominated for an Oscar, so it's great."