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Writer Irvine Welsh, whose book Filth is the basis for McAvoy's
latest film, recently alleged he and the actor were discussing sexual
abuse when McAvoy expressed an interest in portraying Savile, the
children's TV host who was unmasked as a paedophile following his death
Welsh told Radio Times magazine, "(McAvoy told me), 'If you ever write about it, I'd love to play Jimmy Savile'."
However, a spokeswoman for the Scottish star has distanced the
actor from the claims, telling The Daily Record, "James did not make
that statement. He has never expressed an interest in playing the role
of Jimmy Savile."
Savile was a beloved figure for his 50-year broadcasting career and
wide-ranging charity work, but an inquiry into abuse allegations after
his death ruled he had molested 450 victims, including 30 children,
throughout the years.
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