McAvoy Would Like Less Stereotypical Scotty

By Michelle
February 20, 2007 - 7:58 PM

As rumours about who will direct Star Trek XI and who will appear in the film continue to swirl, James McAvoy - the actor who played Mr Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and stars alongside Oscar favourite Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland - continues to express interest in playing Scotty in a Star Trek movie, but only if the role was well-written.

Asked by about whether there was truly interest in McAvoy taking the Star Trek role, the actor replied, "I don't know what's going to happen with that. It might happen, it might not."

McAvoy owned up to being a "huge Star Trek fan" but said that he would not gain weight and grow a moustache to be cast as Scotty. "I love Star Trek, but my only gripe with Star Trek was that sometimes they fell into racial stereotypes and with Scotty more than any other, because he really was just a Scotsman and nothing else," the actor observed.

"There was nothing else behind his character really," added McAvoy. "I hope they don't do that with him." The actor observed that American ideas about Scotland can be very stereotyped and based on mythology such as Braveheart.

McAvoy can be seen in the new film Starter for 10 and will soon work on Wanted, a movie based on the comic. The full interview is at

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