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James McAvoy at the screening for 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.' (Photo: RW/MediaPunch/IPx via AP)
James McAvoy at the screening for 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.' (Photo: RW/MediaPunch/IPx via AP)
James McAvoy at the screening for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.’ (Photo: RW/MediaPunch/IPx via AP)

“The political debate is annoying to me,” says Scottish actor James McAvoy commenting on the September 18 referendum in Scotland when voters will be asked whether they want their country to become independent. “I feel like it should be left to the people a bit more.”

Speaking at a New York press event to promote his new drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, McAvoy made it clear that he found the activities of politicians invested in the outcome of the referendum irksome.

“The last televised debate just deepened my distrust for politicians, because it just became a shouting match, and it was silly frankly, and on both sides, people evading and not answering questions, direct questions, which is just infuriating,” he says.

The Scottish star says: “I will be voting.” But he won’t reveal exactly how he’ll cast his vote. “I’ll keep [that] personal,” he says.

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By Tom Brook