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Watch: James McAvoy Flips the Bird to a Child and Takes His Balloon in New Red Band Trailer for ‘Filth’

Watch: James McAvoy Flips the Bird to a Child and Takes His Balloon in New Red Band Trailer for 'Filth'

Not having a U.S. distributor or release date hasn’t stopped the promotional wheels from turning for “Filth,” Jon S. Baird’s dive into depravity starring a drunk, coked-out James McAvoy. Below you’ll find the the second red-band trailer for the film, this time featuring a slightly cleaner — though certainly NSWF — cut of the Scottish writer/director’s latest effort. 

“Filth” focuses on Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a corrupt cop closer to Terence McDonagh than Colin Sullivan. Robertson has many, many issues, including drugs, booze, sex, and just a general bad attitude. The latter is highlighted in the new trailer when he takes a boy’s balloon and lets it go before showing the innocent child both of his middle fingers. All of the formers are shown in rapid succession through giddily paced quick cuts. According to IMDB, Robertson also suffers from bipolar disorder and is trying to win back his wife and daughter. None of this is alluded to in the trailer, but Imogen Poots’ character does appear as some sort of grounding force in his life (perhaps his wife?).

It may be a while before anyone here in the States has a chance to revel in “Filth,” but Scotland audiences can look forward to seeing James McAvoy & Co. get dirty on September 27. The novel the film is based on was written by “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh, thus giving the film adaptation a rather high standard to hit. Do you think it will be a viable successor to Danny Boyle’s cult classic? Can Bruce Robertson make his mark in an already crowded field of corrupt cops? Take a look at the new trailer (or the first trailer) and let us know what you think.

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