I’ve been missing James McAvoy so much, so here’s another copy from the U.S. Official Site about ‘Becoming Tom’, from the Production Notes (under ‘About the Film’). Gosh, I miss James’ Tom...
Becoming Tom: James McAvoy Takes on Tom Lefroy
When Jane Austen falls in love in BECOMING JANE, it is with the consummate Austen-style rogue, a wily young rake with both ambitions and notions. This is Tom Lefroy, about whose personality little is known, so the writers drew both on Austen's male characters and one fact that Lefroy's favorite book was Henry Fielding's comic novel Tom Jones, about a vigorously lusty yet kind-hearted young man, similar to the character Tom Jones himself to create a portrait of a man well aware of the powers of his charisma.
To play him, the filmmaker sought someone who had not been seen in this kind of role before, a modern, sexy, young leading man who could bring something new to the portrait. Julian Jarrold was soon put in mind of rising Scottish star James McAvoy, having directed in him in the British television series "White Teeth," well before McAvoy came to the attention of
McAvoy was equally keen to work with Jarrold again. "With a lesser director, the film could have become some kind of parallel Pride and Prejudice but Julian made sure that did not happen," he says. "I've wanted to work with him again for years. He's got impeccable taste and elevates an ordinary film into an extraordinary one. He has expertly teased out the romance at the center of BECOMING JANE."
As he learned more about Tom Lefroy's high-stakes position as a young man with his family's hopes pinned on him, McAvoy developed empathy for his character's wild ways in the seedy gentleman's clubs of
As much as it is about becoming Jane, the film is also about Tom becoming a man of his times, facing the tragic reality that love must take a back seat to forging one's fortunes and keeping one's family commitments. "The interesting thing is that later in life Tom would conform completely, while Jane becomes a brilliant non-conformist, writing in a revolutionary way," observes McAvoy.
McAvoy knew his portrait of Tom could only come alive with the right Jane, and he found Anne Hathaway almost supernaturally suited for the part. “I don’t think we could have chosen anyone better to play Jane Austen,” he says.
Pic 1: Tom Lefroy, from www.annie-hathaway.com
Pic 2: Tom Lefroy carrying Jane Austen, from Reading Kit of the U.S. Official Site