James visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night with his Divergent costar Shailene Woodley. During the interview, they premiered this new and final trailer for the film.
This scene is from James’ role as Detective Walter William Clark on Golden Boy. In the 2013 CBS show, that was canceled a few months later, he played New York City’s youngest police commissioner.
5. He Lost His British Accent for ‘Divergent’
Born in Oxford, he attended the University of Nottingham and earned a degree in philosophy. He went on to study acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He chose to speak in an American accent for the entire Divergent shoot. He explained to MTV why that was.
For me, I think I find it easier to just be in the space all the time, so it becomes second nature because if I’m switching back and forth suddenly you’re going to get a weird Cockney Four. Because I’m obviously a Cockney. I hope [Shailene] thinks I’m a Cockney.
So does the accent help him get dates? He dished to Cosmopolitan that he doesn’t feel like a “player.”
You know what? I’ve had a girlfriend for a long time, so I don’t really feel like that much of a player now. There were times I when I’d go out and have some fun, but I wouldn’t say I was a “playa.”