I’ve not been very visible in the last year or so and as a result hardly anyone stops me in the street.” Another thing that Mc Avoy has ample stocks of onscreen – along with his sexual energy and his cockiness – is charm.
I think if you grow up in a dodgy area, reality often beats down those ambitions as you get older. “It’s true I did start to get more realistic as I was about to leave school, but I never felt that there was this glass ceiling that I’d never been able to break though.
I mean, it wasn’t as if I wanted to become an astronaut.
“Somehow I always had this sense that I was going to be all right, that I’d be happy and not have to depend on anyone else.
That was always very important to me, not to be in debt to anyone, money-wise. Then I was very lucky to get these two exceptional teachers who really inspired me.
Still, it’s nice to be told.” There are, however, few if any opportunities for Mc Avoy to show off his sexual energy or his cockiness in his latest role.