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James McAvoy, The Last Station

Amid the bustle of the Regency Hotel's luncheon area, a bearded James McAvoy has retreated to a corner booth where he's on a one day break from the Savannah filming of Robert Redford's The Conspirators--a post Civil War drama about the trial of Lincoln's killers--to visit Manhattan and talk about his role as Valentin Bulgakov in Michael Hoffman's The Last Station. McAvoy discusses the historical accuracy of Hoffman's recreation of the final days of Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his battles with his wife Sofya (Helen Mirren) over his copyrights, estate, legacy and--via his lapsed Russian Orthodox Catholicism--his soul (26 minutes).


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.