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James McAvoy talked about being Scottish on The Late Show, Wednesday, just under two weeks after announcing split from wife Anne-Marie Duff

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 26, 2016 12:45 PM
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James McAvoy is back in the spotlight just under two weeks after announcing his split from wife Anne-Marie Duff after nine years of marriage.

The actor, who is promoting his new movie X-Men: Apocalypse, joined his costars for several press interviews this week, including a solo appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.

While McAvoy didn’t address his divorce, he did joke about often portraying an Englishman on screen – despite being from Scotland.

“I’m professional Englishman but I’m a private Scotsman,” he joked, adding, “In my spare time I’m Scottish.”

After extolling the many attributes of traditional Scottish breakfast sausage, McAvoy, 37, went on to explain that after 16 years of living in London, his accent has changed.

“To be honest with you, I just got fed up with people going, ‘What’s he saying? What’s that boy saying?’ ” he joked in a faux-Southern tone.

McCoy and Duff, who were married in a quiet ceremony on Oct. 18, 2006, announced their breakup in early May. The couple have one child together, son Brendan, born in 2010.

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“We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son,” the pair said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child’s privacy during this time.”

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on Friday.