James McAvoy 'auditioned' Glass character's multiple personalities
James McAvoy is adamant his character isn't mentally ill.
James McAvoy came up with his character's multiple personalities in Split and Glass by auditioning various people in front of director M. Night Shyamalan.
In 2016's thriller Split, the Scottish actor played Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with more than 20 different personalities, including Hedwig, a nine-year-old boy, Patricia, a older, orderly woman, Barry, the dominant personality, and the Beast, a lethal creature.
More of Kevin's personalities are on display in the follow-up Glass, and at the film's recent London premiere, James explained that some came straight away and others needed auditioning.
"There was a couple that came quick - Hedwig came quick, his voice didn't - and Patricia came through immediately, some took a bit longer, Barry, I knew exactly who he was gonna be," he told reporters. "Some of them came easy, some of them were basically a process of setting up with Night and auditioning different people that I've met and observed and that's annoyed me in my life or have loved in my life."
In Glass, James and his Split co-star Anya Taylor-Joy reprise their characters alongside Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's characters from Shyamalan's 2000 movie Unbreakable. In the conclusion to the trilogy, Willis' character uses his extrasensory sensibilities to track The Beast.
At the premiere, the Atonement actor came to the defence of Kevin, insisting he isn't mentally ill.
"I didn’t really play someone who was sick, I played a lot of different people and none of them were mentally ill," he said. "One of them was suicidal, and one of them was maniacal – I don’t know if that makes them mentally ill. He was trying to do a really good thing, he just had a particularly despicable way of doing it."
Glass, which also stars Sarah Paulson, is cinemas now.
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