Coming from the rough Drumchapel area of Glasgow and being brought up by his maternal grandparents after his parents split when he was just seven years old, left him feeling deprived. The actor had always considered the life he led as being very hard, but after seeing first hand the desperate conditions most Ugandans had to live in, he was more appreciative of his upbringing.
"I used to think that (I had a tough upbringing). I used to have a bit of a working-class chip on my shoulder, because the area I come from is so rough," Contactmusic quoted McAvoy as saying. "But then I went to Uganda to make the film The Last King of Scotland and I looked around at the poverty there, and I realised that, in relative world terms, I''m actually super-duper, upper-class, through-the-roof posh.
"Any chip I had on my shoulder about Glasgow was insulting to the people who lived in other parts of the world, and it made me completely re-evaluate my place in it," he added.