As one of the most successful films of 2017 so far, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is widely considered a stellar return to form for the Academy Award-nominated writer/director, in addition to boasting a tour de force performance from its star, James McAvoy.
McAvoy portrays a man with 24 distinct personalities who has kidnapped three young girls – but being a Shyamalan film, not everything is what it seems. The film – a hit with critics and fans alike – walks a tightrope between humor and terror with McAvoy’s many diverse characters, particularly Miss Patricia, a stern religious woman with an unsettlingly calm demeanor.
Despite McAvoy also embodying the ill-tempered and obsessive-compulsive Dennis or the naïve child Hedwig, Miss Patricia was the undisputed favorite among the cast and crew.
“She’s a kinky nun and nuns are just terrifying,” McAvoy told ET earlier this year. “There’s something about their robes I find scary.”
“The funnest character to be around is Patricia for sure,” Shyamalan agreed. “When you’re in the room with Patricia, when James is playing Patricia, it’s hilarious and scary -- he plays her very severe and stoic.”