X-Men Star James McAvoy Opens Up About Nearly Dying Last Year

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Hollywood isn't an easy industry to be in, especially if you're searching for a good work-life balance. This is something X-Men series actor James McAvoy learned last year after a life-threatening ordeal.

In an interview with Men's Journal to promote Glass, McAvoy recalled how after getting a routine physical done in April of last year, his doctor noticed a shadow on the X-ray of his lungs. To be safe, a biopsy was performed to ensure the shadow was nothing to be concerned about. Although the biopsy came back fine, the wound from the procedure soon became infected. "It nearly killed me," the actor revealed. "It was very scary. A terrifying fucking thing to go through."

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The infection ultimately led to McAvoy spending nearly three weeks in a hospital to recover, and it was then that he began considering how he wanted to approach his busy schedule going forward. After all, five-month shoots had become typical for the actor, and being away for several shoots was becoming harder, especially since he has an 8-year-old son. "Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slagging off my industry," McAvoy explained. "I love my job. Love it…. But there’s got to be more balance."

And it would seem the actor may have found just that; he's signed on for BBC's adaption of His Dark Materials, which would allow him more time at home, and he also recently wrapped production on It: Chapter Two. Beyond that, the only other project he has slated for this year is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and unless he's brought back in for reshoots again, it would seem his time as part of Fox's X-Men universe is finally finished, as Disney will likely soon acquire the rights to the characters.

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McAvoy can currently be seen as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast in Glass. Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is currently playing in theaters nationwide. The film stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson as Ellie Staple.

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