James McAvoy: 10 greatest movies of all time

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Actor James McAvoy attends the "Atomic Blonde" premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Actor James McAvoy attends the "Atomic Blonde" premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW) /
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7. The Last King of Scotland

Original Release Date: The Last King of Scotland premiered in theaters January 19, 2007.

Box Office Earnings: The Last King of Scotland had a less than stellar opening weekend slipping all the way to the 37th spot with only 142,000 in those three days.  It did however quickly turnaround as time progressed earning a domestic total gross of $17.6 million off a $6 million dollar budget.  It earned even more recognition overseas raking in almost 63% of their gross with $30 million.

Critical Acclaim: The main character is not James McAvoy, but Forest Whitaker in an iconic role as the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin that reaped him the nomination and the win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture.  Because of that reason alone earned this movie the highest of praise for an actor that completed a rare transformation to become the dictator. McAvoy’s character gives us insight into Whitaker’s life and rule in Uganda.  A fresh 87% on Rotten Tomatoes is a rightful mark for this political drama.

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About the Role: James McAvoy portrays Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in a supporting role to Forest Whitaker as his physician and closest confidante.  Embarking on a Ugandan medical mission, McAvoy’s character begins to realize how barbaric Idi Amin really is and fights for his life to survive and escape Uganda.

Simply the Best: James McAvoy has a knack for nailing the intellectual type and although he is not the main actor in The Last King of Scotland, he still makes his presence known as a yin-yang to the dictator.  Whitaker steals the spotlight, but it is McAvoy that inhabits his role to express the friendship and tension these two shared.