Addiction to video games can significantly affect our quality of life – and so do many other addictions. James McAvoy found this out. “The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion” hooked him so much that it affected his work.
“Forbes” recently conducted an interesting interview with James McAvoy, in which the actor admitted his old problems with a gaming addiction, and more precisely – with the fourth installment of a cult series. I am talking about the game “The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion”, on which he became addicted. Apparently, the title drew him so much that he spent all nights, giving up sleep and preparation for the roles.
In an interview, McAvoy recalled 2006: the time of his greatest obsession (that year, “Oblivion” had its premiere). It was also then that he took part in the shooting of Jane Austen in Love, a biographical portrait of Jane Austen (played by Anne Hathaway), who – as an as yet unknown author – becomes entangled in an affair with a young Irishman.
The actor talked about how the game took over his life and how he neglected his work because of it: night gaming marathons made it impossible to learn the text and prepare for the next scenes.
My girlfriend at the time bought me an Xbox 360 with TES IV. It was the kind of game I loved as a kid – all titles like Secret of Mana, Zelda. I love RPG and fantasy. (…) Back then, in Dublin, I should have gone to bed around 10pm, because I had to be on my feet 6 every morning. I had lots of lines of text to remember – and stuff like that. And I used to sit until 4am playing Oblivion.
In the worst cases, he stopped his marathons shortly before 6 a.m., which is just before the arrival of the car that drove him to the set. One of such moments (he finished playing ten minutes before having to jump in the car) turned out to be groundbreaking and made the young actor realize the seriousness of the situation, which could ultimately lower the quality of his work and cast a shadow on his career (in 2006 still fledgling – McAvoy was then far from being popular today). This whole problem, he said, needed drastic solutions. He decided to start his detox using the cleansing power of the flames. And he fired up the gas stove.
I thought: my God, I must finally do something about this. I got up, took the CD out of the console, and turned on the gas burner. I just put a record on it and watched it burn, melt a little and sizzle. I said to myself: okay, it’s over, never again.
A completely redundant tidbit for today: a few years later, McAvoy played the young Charles Xavier in the movie “X-Men: First Class”. An older version of this character was played by Patrick Stewart, who in “The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion” lent his voice to the Emperor of Tamriel, Uriel Septim VII. Sam By the way: McAvoy recently dubbed the main character of an interactive thriller entitled “Twelve Minutes”. On August 19, it premiered on PCs and Xbox consoles.
James McAvoy’s rehab lasted nearly a decade. After this time, the Scot decided to return to playing (keeping in mind) – persuaded by his son. Currently, he regularly picks up games from the FIFA series or takes part in skirmishes in “Call of Duty: Warzone”. In an interview, he mentioned that today games mean a lot to him, but this is something completely different than for years. Now he sees them as one of the opportunities to virtually “meet people” and “leave the house” during a pandemic.
Me and my boys – we’re all in our 40s with gray thinning hair and all that kind of shit. Now we talk to each other every two or three nights, playing Warzone and talking about life, love and everything else, while twelve-year-old kids from all over the world destroy us completely
– ended his story about joint games with colleagues McAvoy.