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James McAvoy understands your Mr. Tumnus crush in SNL Narnia spoof

By Matthew Jackson
James McAvoy Mr. Tumnus SNL

James McAvoy, fresh off the box office success of Glass, hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, and reminded us why we all fell in love with him in one of his very first genre roles.

Sporting a kilt to represent his native Scotland during the monologue, McAvoy struggled with his cue cards at first, but his enthusiasm never wavered, and that set the tone for the night. In sketch after sketch, McAvoy committed to all manner of accents and characters, from a Philadelphie Eagles fan in a Charmin focus group to a Scottish air traffic controller. When it came to genre parodies, though, McAvoy and the SNL crew steered clear of both his many Glass characters and his treatment of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.

Instead, McAvoy and company took us all the way back to Mr. Tumnus, the gentle faun character he played in 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In the years since that film was released, it’s become very clear that many young men and women developed a rather intense crush on McAvoy’s Tumnus, and that turned out to be the crux of the sketch, as Mr. Tumnus greeted visitor after visitor who wanted to tell him all about their, ahem, formative experience with him upon entering Narnia and discovering his woodland home.

That sound you just heard was a good portion of Narnia fandom nodding their heads in agreement with all three of those women (played by Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant). Make sure you watch all the way to the end for the reveal of what became of another classic Narnia character.