James McAvoy Opens Up About Health Scare That ‘Nearly Killed’ Him

“Glass” actor spent three weeks in a hospital bed last April following a routine check-up and procedure

James McAvoy reveals in a new interview that a routine check-up last year turned into a three-week hospital stay that “nearly killed” him.

In McAvoy’s recent interview with Men’s Journal, the writer says the “Glass” actor went to the doctor for a physical last April ahead of his 40th birthday, and an X-ray showed a shadow on his lung. The article goes on to say that a biopsy was taken and although there was no tissue found, the scar from the surgery became seriously infected, forcing McAvoy to remain in a hospital bed for three weeks.

“It nearly killed me,” he said in the interview. “It was very scary. A terrifying f—ing thing to go through.”

The writer describes McAvoy humbly downplaying the moment for laughs, yet admitting that he was shaken by the resulting complications. According to the story, McAvoy went on to say that one of his abdominal muscles appeared to have gone missing after the surgery and mimicked the doctor’s response as saying, “Hmm, are you sure it was there before the surgery?”

McAvoy added that the experience in part caused him to reconsider some of the roles he’ll take moving forward, opting for more British films and directing himself rather than five-month long film shoots away from his young son.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slagging off my industry,” McAvoy says in the article. “I love my job. Love it…. But there’s got to be more balance.”

“As somebody who’s always thought I’d be happy making it to 70 years of age and then die, I think: I’ve got 31 years left,” McAvoy said. “It’s important to do what I want to do, instead of what I should do.”

McAvoy didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read the full article via the February issue of Men’s Journal.