James McAvoy says two writers have suggested he was miscast as their characters

James McAvoy has said that two writers said he was miscast in adaptations of their work.

In a new interview, the 43-year-old actor revealed that not all writers he’s worked with have been happy to see him in film or television adaptations of their work.

McAvoy plays Asriel in the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s books Its dark materials. The fourth season will be released on December 18th.

McAvoy spoke ahead of the fourth season’s release The guard that he never spoke to Pullman because he was afraid the actor would say, “Hmmm, you’re not really my Asriel!”

McAvoy continued, “I’ve had this with a writer, and it’s just not pretty. I actually had that with two writers.”

Asked about the names whose writers disapproved of the cast, McAvoy said it wasn’t Irvine Welsh or Stephen King. He starred in the 2013 adaptation of Welsh’s 1998 novel dirtand the 2019 sequel to the film adaptation of King’s 1986 horror novel It.

“Nah, Irvine loved that,” the actor said dirt. Of It, he said: “Stephen was really nice and I didn’t know what to expect from him. I love his books and I think he’s freaking awesome.”

He was then asked if it was Ian McEwan for Joe Wright’s 2007 adaptation atonement in which McAvoy starred alongside Keira Knightley.

“He wasn’t dismissive,” McAvoy recalled. “He just gave me… nothing. And I was a little devastated. Then he said I was a little short – because my character Robbie was supposed to be this 6ft tanned hunk, and I was a 25 year old sticky Glaswegian who’s 5ft nothing.”

McAvoy said the other writer who criticized his casting in her work was Zadie Smith.

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In 2002, McAvoy starred alongside Naomie Harris and Om Puri in a television adaptation of Smith’s 2000 novel White teeth.

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“She didn’t say I was bad at playing the role,” McAvoy explained. “She told me I was the wrong casting because I was too short – the character should have been overweight.”

“I was like, ‘Oh, you could have said, ‘Nice job, thought you did a great job, I’ve never seen him as a thinner guy.’ It was just, ‘You’re not overweight enough,'” he recalls. “Ah, great, ok, don’t worry…”

The Independent has reached out to representatives from Smith and McEwan for comment.

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