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James McAvoy: 'Filth is the biggest risk of my career'

27 December 2011 3:40 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James McAvoy has confessed that he worries about how his career will fare after starring in Filth. The X-Men: First Class actor plays the role of depraved Edinburgh police officer Bruce Robertson in the big-screen adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel. Robertson is a bigot and racist who partakes in bestiality and cross-dressing. McAvoy told The Daily Record: "I'm taking probably the biggest risk of my career in playing the part in Filth. "It's an incredible role for me, unlike anything I've ever done and a massive ­challenge. One I hope I don't dash myself on." However, McAvoy insisted that he understands the importance of taking on more challenging parts, not (more) »

- By Jennifer Still

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James McAvoy Taks Arthur Christmas, Danny Boyle’s Trance, the X-men: First Class Sequel, Showtime’s Shameless, Filth and More

19 November 2011 7:15 AM, PST | | See recent news »

In the animated family film Arthur Christmas, hitting theaters on November 23rd, actor James McAvoy voices Arthur, the awkward but enthusiastic youngest son to Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent). When the ultra-high-tech Christmas gift delivery system fails, missing one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur embarks on a rogue mission, with the help of his rather naughty Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf (Ashley Jensen), to deliver the last present before Christmas morning. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, James McAvoy talked about his desire to want to do more films for kids because they’re the best audience around, that he responded to the integrity and humor in the story, the challenge of voicing a character that is always so enthusiastic and nice, and that, if given the choice, he would likely go with the simple and classic ways of doing things versus the high-tech ones. He »

- Christina Radish

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Exclusive: New Trailer For 'Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy'

26 August 2011 12:47 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Irvine Welsh & Director Rob Heydon Talk About Bringing The Adaptation To Life When Danny Boyle delivered the groundbreaking "Trainspotting" it proved that the unique language, tenor and prose of Scottish writer Irvine Welsh could be brought to the big screen with both style and substance. An adaptation of "The Acid House" soon followed and "Filth" is gearing up to shoot next year, and the next Welsh story to hit the big screen will be "Ecstasy." But it was no easy journey. The project has been in development for more than a decade, with financing coming and going before it… »

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell And Alan Cumming To Wallow In Filth

8 August 2011 8:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell And Alan Cumming To Wallow In Filth

It's been quite some time since one of Irvine Welsh's controversial novels has made it to the big screen ( the last one, Acid House was released in 1998, just two years after cult hit Trainspotting), but it sounds like that's about to change.

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- Kristal Cooper

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Alan Cumming for 'Filth'

8 August 2011 4:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming have been cast in an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. McAvoy will play policeman Bruce Robertson in Jon S Baird's upcoming take on the 1998 book, The Playlist reports. Shooting is due to start in January. Welsh said: "That's going to be the main cast. James is going to be main character, Jamie is going to be Lennox, his kind of sidekick, and Alan is going to be Toal, his boss." Of working with Cass director Baird, Welsh added: "Jon and I hit it off and became good friends. I've been trying to Filth made with different producers and directors for years. "Jon did a revised screenplay which was absolutely (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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McAvoy, Bell & Cumming Plan Filth

7 August 2011 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It's a long while since one of Irvine Welsh's scurrilous works has made it to the screen (the last one was The Acid House in 1998, only two years after Trainspotting), but that's about to change. Rob Heydon's version of Ecstacy is in post-production, and Welsh has just revealed that Filth is next, boasting a rock solid cast that includes James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming.Like an Edinburgh version of Bad Lieutenant, Filth (first published in 1998) is about the monstrous copper Bruce Robertson, nominally investigating a race-related murder, angling for promotion and lots of overtime, steaming through a drug-fuelled week in Amsterdam, making sexually harrassing phonecalls to his friend's wife in the voice of Frank Sidebottom, and afflicted by a tapeworm that acts as his conscience. He's like Begbie, if Begbie was in the "polis". And like Begbie, the weird thing is that you sort of like him in spite of everything. »

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McAvoy, Bell & Cumming join Filth

6 August 2011 6:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ever since Trainspotting (1996) Irvine Welsh has been a hot commodity yet there has been set back after set back on adaptations of his work. Porno, a sequel to Trainspotting, with Ewan McGregor’s character, set a decade later in the porn biz, has been the closest but with nothing being ready for the camera. Now Filth is first passed the post with a director, producer and all Scottish cast on board.

In a recent interview with The Playlist, Welsh, also the producer, stated that James McAvoy (X-men First Class) will play the lead in the corrupt cop, Bruce Robertson, James Bell (The Eagle) will be is side kick, Lennox and Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) will play McAvoy’s boss, Taol. John S. Baird (Cass) will directed.

Here’s the publisher, Vintage, synopsis of the book:

With the festive season almost upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is winding down »

- Paul Koren

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell And Alan Cumming Join The Cast Of Filth

5 August 2011 4:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The lead character of Irvine Welsh's Filth sounds like a dream job for any actor. Bruce Robertson is a Scottish cop and misanthrope who is addicted to sex and drugs and would rather spend his days pranking his fellow police offers than doing his job. It's nothing you wouldn't expect from the author of Trainspotting, but what performer wouldn't want to try their hand at playing someone like that? In that sense, James McAvoy has just won the lottery. The Playlist has received confirmation from Welsh himself that casting has begun for an adaptation of Filth and McAvoy has landed the lead role. What's more, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming have both come on-board as well, starring as Ray Lennox (Robertson's partner) and Chief Inspector Bob Toal (Roberton's boss), respectively. The project is being directed by Jon S. Baird, who only has one feature credit to his name, but »

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming Starring in Adaptation of Irvine Welsh Novel ‘Filth’

5 August 2011 3:51 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Films based on a few different Irvine Welsh novels have been in development in the decade-plus since the adaptation of his debut novel Trainspotting became a trans-Atlantic hit. One of those getting the film treatment has been Filth, a book about "an evil Edinburgh cop," for which the author has been acting as producer. Jon S. Baird (director of British film Cass) will direct, and it turns out that the core cast is going to be more than up to the challenge of dealing with Welsh's notoriously raucous material. James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are the names we have right now, and the idea of seeing McAvoy play a cop messed-up enough to rival Harvey Keitel's classic Bad Lieutenant sounds pretty great. Irvine Welsh told The Playlist [1], "That’s going to be the main cast... James is going to be main character, Jamie is going to be »

- Russ Fischer

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Bruce Campbell Joins 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

5 August 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

"Oz: The Great And Powerful" just got a heck of a lot more exciting now that Bruce Campbell has announced he's been cast in it.

"I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is Pivotal," the "Burn Notice" actor tweeted. Considering James Franco has already been cast as the titular wizard-to-be and Campbell likely isn't playing one of the female witches, our guess is he plays some sort of mentor to Oz. Or we could be totally surprised and he'll end up playing a Munchkin or flying monkey. Regardless, we're thrilled by this casting news.

Check out the rest of Hollywood's casting updates after the jump!

Nicki Minaj Makes Her Big Screen Animated Debut

"Ice Age: Continental Drift" already has a colorful array of voice actors lined up, but the recent addition of Nicki Minaj is certainly the most exciting. »

- Terri Schwartz

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James McAvoy and Jamie Bell are Sick, Depraved, and Filthy Cops

5 August 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Well, probably just James McAvoy’s character, anyway. The Playlist reports that McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Alan Cummings have come onboard a big-screen adaptation of author Irvine Welsh’s novel “Filth”, confirmation that comes from the author himself during an interview. Previously, McAvoy had talked up the role, but wouldn’t say the title. Now we know. In the film, McAvoy would play “Bruce Robertson, a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer who is supposed to be investigating a murder but gets sidetracked by his own peculiarities, worries and hangups ranging from the pranks he pulls on his co-workers to his various sexual conquests. Looking in on Robertson is partner-of-sorts, Ray Lennox, and his boss, Bob Toal…” Bell will play Lennox, while Cummings will do the boss gig. According to, Brendan Gleeson and Imogen Poots (from the upcoming “Fright Night” remake) are also in the cast, with the »

- Nix

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming Confirmed for Irvine Welsh’s Filth

5 August 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In an interview discussing his new book Ecstacy, acclaimed Scottish author Irvine Welsh confirmed that James McAvoy (Atonement), Jamie Bell (Hallam Foe) and Alan Cumming (GoldenEye) are set to star in a feature film adaptation of his novel Filth.

Filth centers on Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer who is supposed to be investigating a murder but gets sidetracked by his own peculiarities, worries and hangups.

According to Welsh, Jon S. Baird (Cass) will direct, with filming scheduled to start early next year.

Source: The Playlist »

- Jamie Neish

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McAvoy, Cumming, Bell Roll In "Filth"

5 August 2011 1:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James McAvoy is confirmed while Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are joining "Filth", the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh‘s darkly comic novel reports The Playlist.

The story follows Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer investigating a murder who gets sidetracked by his own peculiarities, worries, sexual conquests, practical jokes and hangups.

Bell would play his partner Ray Lennox, Cumming his boss Bob Toal. The unusual book features such surreal elements as a monologue-spouting tapeworm residing within Bruce.

Jon S. Baird ("Cass") will direct the project and penned a revised screenplay that Welsh fully endorses. Welsh will produce and shooting will kick off in January. »

- Garth Franklin

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James McAvoy and Jamie Bell Are Getting 'Filth'-y

4 August 2011 9:46 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

James McAvoy and Jamie Bell are preparing for extreme depravity as they take on the lead roles in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh's underground novel, "Filth," according to The Playlist.

"Filth" follows the misadventures of Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a sex-obsessed, drug-addicted and bigoted Scottish police officer whose latest murder investigation is continually sidetracked by his own bizarre and subversive shenanigans.

Robertson is (somewhat) watched over by his sidekick of sorts, Ray Lennox (Bell), and his boss, Bob Toal (Alan Cumming).

Sounds like a tale from the man who brought us "Trainspotting," for sure!

The long-gestating project, which has been through a constantly revolving door of different producers and directors over the past few years, looks to be finally coming together with Welsh on board as a co-producer and Jon S. Baird ("Cass") set to direct. Filming will commence in Jan. 2012.

James McAvoy will next be seen (heard) as the »

- Bryan Enk

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming In Adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth

4 August 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Irvine Welsh has an interesting profile pic on a Facebook, but I was quite surprised when I saw that people out there have something against updates. They should also share some info about the poor guy. I mean, we all know he’s a writer, but you know, Info button is there for some reason.

So, I’m here to give them an oportunity to share something interesting on Welsh’s Page, because I’ve just learned that his Filth will be made into a movie.

And just to see that we’re not kidding, let me tell you that James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are set to star in the film. Yeah, now it sounds serious enough for you to pay some attention? I knew it! Fuck the writer, the actors count!

But, guys, Welsh is an acclaimed and often controversial writer of novels, stories and stage and screenplays. »

- Fiona

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James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming to Star in Adaptation of Irving Welsh’s Filth

4 August 2011 1:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A feature film version of Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh’s book Filth is on its way, and it sports quite the cast. James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are set to star in the film which centers on an evil Edinburgh cop who has a knack for bigotry and coercing sex from teenage Ecstasy dealers. The Playlist recently spoke with Welsh who confirmed that a feature film version of his novel is on the way, with McAvoy taking on the lead role, Bell playing his sidekick Lennox, and Cumming set to play McAvoy’s boss, Toal. Welsh is probably best known for his 1993 novel Trainspotting which was adapted for the screen by director Danny Boyle. While I haven’t read Filth, it definitely sounds like some slightly insane material. This sounds like a rather meaty role, and McAvoy should have plenty of opportunities to really show his chops. Bell »

- Adam Chitwood

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Cannes live blog: day three

13 May 2011 10:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the latest news, reviews, comment and buzz from the Croisette, as it happens

9.15am: Morning all. Well, it's the morning after Britain's big night at this year's Cannes film festival, when Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, wildly received by the critics yesterday, got its turn on the red carpet.

We've just launched this reel review on the movie, which also includes various pundits' take on the film, as well as that of our own Xan Brooks. Sample quote: "I'm still scared."

9.26am: So what else is on the cards today? Well we'll be updating our gallery from last night, then in an hour or so we'll launch another video – Xan's exploits wandering round the Marché, that fantastic flogging ground for weird and wonderful flicks. Then we'll have a first review of Habemus Papam, Nanni Moretti's hot potato film about the Pope, plus Xan's diary of the day, »

- Catherine Shoard, Ian J Griffiths

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