With Glass, the conclusion of the trilogy M. Night Shyamalan started back in 2000 with Unbreakable and later Split, opening in theaters this weekend, I got to sit down with James McAvoy to talk about the film in New York City. During the wide-ranging interview, McAvoy revealed how much Shyamalan tells him about the story arc going in and how much he’s finding out as he reads the script, his reaction to the many twists and turns in the third act, why he was counting the amount of characters he’d be playing when reading the script, how he’s mastered the art of non-stop not talking when promoting his films to prevent giving away spoilers, and more. In addition, with McAvoy having recently shot director Andrés Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two, he talked about what it was like working with the spectacular cast, why he’s so impressed by Bill Skarsgard’s work as Pennywise, and calls the film, “really disturbing.”
As most of you know, Glass pits the heroic David Dunn (Bruce Willis) against the villainous Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) with the enigmatic and devious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) pulling the strings. The film also stars Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy and Spencer Treat Clark.
Check out what James McAvoy had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
- How it’s tough for him to talk about most of his films due to spoilers.
- How much does Night tell him about the story arc and how much is he finding out when he reads the script?
- What was his reaction to the twists and turns in the 3rd act?
- What was it like shooting It: Chapter 2?
Here’s the official synopsis for Glass:
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone Pictures, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
For more on Glass:
- What You Need to Know About ‘Unbreakable’ Before Seeing ‘Glass’
- How M. Night Shyamalan Was Ahead of the Superhero Curve with ‘Unbreakable’
- ‘Glass’ International Trailer Shows M. Night Shyamalan Ahead of the Superhero Curve