However, it is not just these qualities that have made me want to share my adoration of this wonderful actor.
Not only does he do his bit for charity, but he's also a thoroughly nice chap. For example he hangs around in the freezing cold to sign autographs and say hello to all his fans even after he's been to a premier and then had a full on stage performance as well.
There was also a time in Heathrow airport where, when there were big flight delays and his plane was delayed by eight hours, he and his co-star from "The Last Station", Kerry Condon decided that rather than just sit around they would take muffins and water to other passengers. Here's the quote from James:
“Everybody was in really good spirit. Thousands and thousands of people were trying to get their bags out of a mountain of bags but it was hilarious.
“Kerry got a big box of muffins and I got a lot of water and calcium tablets and we went around finding children who were crying and really annoying their parents, so we were like, ‘Do you want a muffin?’”
This is also the man who was doing an interview for his new movie Trance (psychological thriller with amnesia) when asked:
"Is there a memory you have that you would never want stolen?"
"Probably my baby boy sleeping on my chest."
He is also always so clear about how much he loves his wife and how much she means to him. How can you not love him?
He has a wicked and often twisted sense of humour
Here is a man who can rarely get through an interview without making a joke, who is often smiling a mischievous smile and who laughs with abandon. He's not shy about talking about sex or sexual appendages and often makes jokes about both. He is, in fact, a man after my own heart. He has an angelic face and a somewhat dirty mind :).
If you want to watch someone really having fun in an interview, watch some of the X-men: First Class interviews where he's with Michael Fassbender. They are hilarious. Here is just one of them:
Here is a guy who is 5'7'', which for an actor is definitely not tall. Yet I have seen him play romantic leads, actions heroes, geeks and the ultimate in dramatic parts. He can literally play any role as far as I can tell. He has the versatility to pick up a script and make it his own as well as having amazing chemistry with his co-stars. (The picture to the left is from Welcome to the Punch).
Let me introduce you to some of my favourites.
I wrote a review of it here, and Trance, which I wrote a review of here. They are both well worth seeing. In fact both are worth seeing more than once.
Welcome to the Punch is a police thriller set in London, with a very slick, US blockbuster style of filming to it. James plays Max Lewinsky, a police officer on the hunt for his nemesis, a master crook by the name of Jacob Sternwood.
Trance is a psychological thriller directed by Danny Boyle and a complete mind f**k. James plays Simon, an art dealer turned art thief who double crosses his partners and then manages to lose his memory.
Now these are by no means James' only films, he's played a morally ambiguous doctor in The Last King of Scotland, a faun in The Chronicles of Narnia, a play boy gambler in Penelope, a young gentleman of society in Becoming Jane, a gardener in Atonement and so many more. He looks as fine in historical costume as he does in a leather jacket and jeans and he can carry them all off.
He's also been on stage recently as Macbeth and was stunning. I wrote a full review when I saw it in March.
James is undoubtedly one of my two favourite actors and ties in first place with Tom Hiddleston, who I will be talking about for T :). If you've never seen one of his movies, I can't recommend them more.
I'll let you into a secret, he's also the inspiration for one of my original characters, but I'm not going to tell you which one. It's kind of obvious if you go looking :).
If you would like to see what all of my posts will be about in advance, click here to see my theme post.
My twin and I are also doing the A to Z Challenge over at our fantasy erotica blog: http://fantasyboysxxx.blogspot.co.uk/