James McAvoy insists on hair extensions

James McAvoy has revealed he insisted on wearing hair extensions for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' because he wanted to look as Seventies as possible

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James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy insisted on wearing hair extensions in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

The Scottish actor is a keen enthusiast of the 1970s - in which the new film is set - and was so determined to authentically portray his character, Charles Xavier's style during the era, he asked producers to give him extensions to create a free-spirited, long-haired look.

He said: "As my wife will attest, the Seventies is my favourite decade.

"I was like, 'Yesss!' I f***ing love the way I look in this film.' It's the only time I've ever done that in my whole career."

The 35-year-old star also revealed how he was left exhausted after playing four characters with psychological issues back-to-back.

He told Radio Times magazine: "There was a lot of mental illness that year. My character in 'Trance' has had his mind molested. Bruce in 'Filth' and Macbeth are both raving mental cases. Even in 'Welcome to the Punch' I'm dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"By no means is 'X-Men' as balls-out as those films or Macbeth, but I'm glad that Fox and [director] Bryan Singer afforded me the chance to go somewhere quite interesting with a part in a $200 million movie.

"Charles is effectively a junkie who's denying who he is. I've spent over a year now exploring skewed mental states, and this is the easiest I've found it."

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.

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