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Wanted's Cast Pledges the Fraternity Wanted is very much Wesley's story, and at its outset, he is about as far from a comic book "hero” as you can get. He's miserable, a doormat for the world—punching the clock until his pitiable day comes to its end…hardly the stuff of a towering, squarejawed, steroid-sized, classic leading man. And yet, the character undergoes a remarkable metamorphosis, from pathetic to powerful, embracing his legacy and allowing his inner strength to push aside the weakling.

Bekmambetov explains, "We watch Wesley grow up—he finds his abilities and his intelligence. He starts out as a weak boy who everybody thinks is a loser. That is because he does not believe, and he does not know what is in his genes. Because he is different. He is unique. Once he finds that, he grows. He becomes a man, a killer. And then he starts to see that there are lies in his world. So he has to choose—to go back to believing what is told to him, that's a fake truth. Or go his own path and find a real truth.”

It took young Scottish actor James McAvoy a while to sink his teeth into the idea of playing Wesley: "I'm not used to seeing someone like myself in these roles. As a movie lover, I do complain frequently that I'm fed up with seeing 6' 5” alpha males in these roles. I'm glad they cast someone like me, not in terms of what I can bring to the role as an actor, but more because I'm not an obvious choice.” Bekmambetov says, "I knew James was a different kind of actor for Wesley, but I wanted a real actor. We needed someone people will identify with. Somebody who kind of looks like an everybody. Wes changes a lot, on the inside, on the outside. And James can do that—we believe his changes. I wanted somebody to bring humor to the story, because I think it's impossible to create a believable fantasy world without humor. He is skeptical and ironic—and when he believes, the audience believes.”

Platt comments, "It was essential that we found an actor who was accessible to an audience.” The filmmakers wanted someone "who could exist in a world that was heightened, but who could communicate with enough emotional truth that his reality became our reality. James is very smart about his character, even down to his movements and his action. He wants to know everything about what his character is doing and why he's doing it, otherwise it's just not believable for him. Watching the character's transformation has been a palpable, visceral experience as interpreted through James' great creative mind and ability.”

Bekmambetov remembers, "Early, we were trying to find some ways to make the change in Wesley, like hair or costume. Then, we had a test in London before shooting. And suddenly, without costume or makeup or anything, James did it himself. Right in front of us. First, he was this silly boy and then, a totally different character, almost like a superman. It was unbelievable. Then we understood that we didn't have to do anything, that James could do it himself.”

The Scot was drawn not only to the character of Wes and his arc, but also to the world that the Russian director was creating: "I like action movies that don't take themselves too seriously—I like them when they have fun,” McAvoy provides. "Sometimes, I was quite shocked at what Bekmambetov asked me to do, but generally, it was for the best and elevated the material. He really does think differently than most directors. I think he's a mad, evil genius and his work is incredibly cool and strange. Even on big, emotional, sincere things, he undercuts it with a very strange angle…which I respond to very well.”

Author Millar found the character of Wes particularly interesting as he transits from geek world to underworld: "The idea of a young, geeky office worker going through this transformation to become the ultimate super-powered killer w

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