James McAvoy didn’t get to work with Samuel L. Jackson or Bruce Willis in 2017’s Split, even though the film dwells in the same M. Night Shyamalan-created cinematic universe as the pair’s 2000 superhero saga, Unbreakable. Jackson didn’t feature in Split at all while Willis only appeared in the closing moments, to reveal that the two movies were part of the same tale.
However, McAvoy did very much act with the duo in the just-released Glass, which finds his Kevin Wendell Crumb, Jackson’s Elijah Price, and Willis’ David Dunn being treated at a psychiatric facility for their comic book-inspired “delusions” by Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple.
“It was two very different experiences and two experiences that I f—ing loved,” says McAvoy of his time on-set with the Unbreakable stars. “Sam has been one of my favorite actors for a long long time and he’s somebody who really digs acting, do you know what I mean? He loves acting and he’s very generous with his fellow actors. When he sees somebody committed, and going at it, and all that kind of stuff, if he sees an actor sweating blood, he seems to really get into that. But also at the same time, Sam is really forthright and upfront. If he doesn’t like something you know about it quick and if he does like something you know about it even quicker. And that’s just an exciting person to be around.
“Bruce was very different. Bruce was very quiet and very enigmatic. He in a very different way was hugely generous. He’s just such a quietly strong presence to have on set — very very generous in a very different way. Less loud and forthright.”
Watch the trailer for Glass above.