"I came for the first day of rehearsals and I swear to you, I did not know we were doing two films. We wanted both scenes to be different in their composition and not just in their acting or in the lighting. Otherwise it would just look like the same scene re-edited, you know? But it’s kind of weird, because one of my most hated things as an actor is when you have to reshoot something. I don’t know why. I don’t mind doing theater, and that’s recreating every night. But film and tele, it’s just horrible for some reason. And yet we had to do that in this a lot. But it was kind of different I suppose. You weren’t recreating. You were sort of creating a kind of a reflection of what had happened, but it would be skewed, as if through water and not through a metal surface. It was rippling and it was changing and the colors were different and the attitudes were different and the reaction to a line would be different and the memories to a line would be different."
James McAvoy on shooting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her