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James McAvoy Slammed for Bulimia Joke

February 22, 2010 (3:42 am) GMT
After calling his role in 'Wanted 2' 'a bulimic assassin', the actor is criticized by officials at Center for Eating Disorders who claim he has made people think that 'bulimia is socially acceptable.'
James McAvoy

has been slammed by executives at a leading Scottish charity after he joked about plans for his assassin character in the "" sequel to suffer from an eating disorder. The actor had to bulk up his frame for the first film, in which he starred alongside , and he recently revealed he isn't looking forward to returning to the gym to regain his muscled physique.

He said, "I might go skinny for the next film - he's a bulimic assassin, he vomits after killing... No matter what the script says, I think I'm gonna play the second film like he's in dire need of therapy. And I think he might've stopped eating."

But his comments have provoked outrage from officials at the Center for Eating Disorders in his native Scotland. Spokesperson Grace Coia says, "It is a sad misrepresentation which could lead people to think bulimia is socially acceptable."

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