Ewan McGregor goes on stage to talk about his career in this exclusive EIFF 2015 event. Highlights from his conversation with Edith Bowman cover a wide range of topics, from his biggest movies - Star Wars, Moulin Rouge! - to building a relationship with directors, plus the one dream role he never got to play.
Ewan McGregor Interested in Star Wars, Trainspotting 2
6/22/2015 By Simon Brew
As well as returning for Trainspotting 2, Ewan McGregor confirms his interest in playing Obi-Wan Kenobi again in more Star Wars films.
Rumours were swirling around a few weeks ago that Ewan McGregor may be lured back to the Star Wars saga, to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor played the role in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy of movies, and given that Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (due in 2016) is set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, there had been talk of crossing some actors over.
Chatting at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, McGregor said that “I’d be happy to do the story from episode three where I finish up and Alec Guinness started.”
“It’s not a fanatical thing,” he said. “I’m really pleased I’m part of the legacy of it and happy to see it, and I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like they’ve absolutely nailed it.”
Furthermore, McGregor - who was promoting his latest film, The Last Days In The Desert - has also confirmed he’s enthusiastic about reprising the role of Renton in Trainspotting 2. Of his well-reported rift with director Danny Boyle (which came about when the latter replaced McGregor with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach), he said that “I’ve met with Danny a few times recently and everything is great between us.”
As for Trainspotting 2, “we don’t have a script yet, and nothing has been determined, but it would make sense for the sequel to be made in 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original.”
Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor and Stephen Fry lend their voices to educational mobile app for kids
Thursday 18th June 2015 By Adrian Collins
Some of the world’s leading actors have joined forces in a new children’s educational project called GivingTales.
It aims to produce engaging and entertaining versions of popular children’s fairy tales, while helping to teach and educate children worldwide, and is committing 30% of its revenue to Unicef to help children around the world.
Developed in association with Roger Moore, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and featuring the voice talents of world-renowned actors including Ewan McGregor, Unicef UK Ambassador, Stephen Fry, and Dame Joan Collins, Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairy tales have now been modernised and condensed into colorful illustrations that capture the enjoyable life-lessons that are synonymous with Andersen’s stories.
Available for free download starting today on Apple, Android, and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices, the app comes with The Princess and the Pea (Sir Roger Moore, KBE), and each additional story is available for download for $3.99 each. Other available stories in the first series include: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Dame Joan Collins, DBE), The Little Match Girl (Ewan McGregor, OBE) and The Ugly Duckling (Stephen Fry).
Speaking about the launch, Moore said "I’ve been a long time admirer of Hans Christian Andersen’s work, and I think it’s a wonderful collection of fairy stories for children and adults alike", while Stephen Fry highlighted that Andersen’s tales deal with many universal issues, such as bravery, selflessness and compassion: "The Ugly Duckling is the primal story about bullying and self belief - it is a marvelous tale".
Ewan McGregor secures sponsorship deal for South American road trip
Monday 8 June 2015
Ewan McGregor has become the latest Hollywood star to strike a major commercial deal, after he was signed up by a classic Italian motorcycling marque for his latest road trip.
The Trainspotting and Star Wars actor ready to tackle an expedition down to the tip of South America.
The 44-year-old Scottish actor has already circumnavigated the globe and ridden its length on motorbike, with friend Charlie Boorman, for the TV documentary Long Way Down.
However, for the star’s latest trip he has swapped his faithful BMW motorcycle for a Motor Guzzi and has become the face of the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe.
Launching the firm’s California Eldorado cruiser, McGregor said he was already planning a trial run. "I’d love to do South America one day; all of it.
"But I think the next one will be Mexico or Baja.
"I’d like to explore Baja. I’ve never done it and I know a lot of bikers go there and it’s like good trails, good tracks, off road, on road.
"So I think that will be my next trip."
The Baja California Penninsula, in North-West Mexico, is over 770 miles long, and one of the country’s most in hospitable regions with four deserts, and several dormant volcanoes.
It would serve as a warm-up for the almost 7,000 miles ride from Southern California to Tierra del Fuego, in Chile.
In 2004 McGregor and his best friend Charley Boorman travelled from London to New York, The Long Way Round, in a 22,000 mile trip.
They followed it up with another epic journey, the Long Way Down, from John O’Groats to the southernmost point in South Africa.
The televisions series of the two marathon journeys - broadcast on the BBC - became a worldwide hit.
McGregor - a longtime ambassador for the children’s charity UNICEF also found a new member of his family on the road.
He and his wife Ève adopted daughter Jamiyan from Mongolia in 2006.
McGregor broke his Long Way Down journey to stop off at Moto Guzzi’s head quarters at Mandello del Lario for the first time. The company launched their own Stelvio adventure bike to rival the BMW model McGregor and Boorman rode on their journeys.
The actor, who has several vintage models of the Italian marque’s in his collection, said: "I do ride them all and I ride them wherever I am going far or going just round the corner, it doesn’t really matter.
"I’ve got some early 70s bikes that I love to ride around. I’ve got a Norge, really for my dad to ride around when he came to visit me, but I’m riding that all the time as well. I seven have a 1974 Eldorado police bike with a siren on it. Mine is a bit distressed - it looks like it came out of a river.
"I like nothing better than once the children are in bed, getting down to working, tinkering with my bikes."
The actor’s French-born wife Ève Mavrakis learned to ride a motorbike, joining him on a stage of his African odyssey.
Before then, McGregor is due to talk about his acting career as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Ewan McGregor to appear at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ewan McGregor will attend this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) to talk about his acting career.
The Scot’s latest film Last Days In The Desert will show at the 69th festival, whose highlights include the UK premiere of a documentary about the life of tragic singer Amy Winehouse.
Audiences will also see the Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, zombie drama Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Disney-Pixar animated film Inside Out.
The full programme was announced today by EIFF artistic director Mark Adams and includes a series of interviews on stage with leading film personalities, among them McGregor, Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell.
The festival, which runs from June 17 to 28, boasts 24 world premieres and 84 UK premieres.
It will host the first showing of the English-language version of Under Milk Wood, adapted from the Dylan Thomas classic and starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church.
Ewan McGregor to Play Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast
April 21, 2015 By Borys Kit
Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to light up the screen as Lumiere in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
McGregor joins an all-star lineup that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as the vain villain Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s buffoonish and loyal sidekick, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
Lumiere is one of the movie’s major supporting roles, a suave maitre d’ who is turned into a candelabra by the curse that falls on the prince’s castle. The character appears in a number of musical numbers and has a major solo in the "Be Our Guest" showstopper.
Bill Condon is directing the movie, which begins production in May at Shepperton Studios in London.
McGregor is on screens with the indie Last Days in the Desert and will be seen later this year starring opposite Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun.
He has sung onscreen before, notably in 2001 in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!
Ewan McGregor satirises the advertising process in BT ‘Behind the Scenes’ campaign
17 April 2015 By John Glenday
Leading actor Ewan McGregor is to become the new face of BT with the star fronting the communications firm’s new ‘Behind the Scenes’ campaign, a parody of the advertising process.
Hitting screens from tonight during Channel 4’s ‘Gogglebox’ the AMV BBDO devised campaign sees McGregor onscreen alongside BT Sport Ambassadors and footballers Robin Van Persie and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, covering all aspects of production from casting, rehearsals, pre-production, post-production and voice over recordings.
Famous faces will be roped in from the worlds of acting, celebrity and sport over the coming months to satirise the process alongside recurring characters such as “BT Clients”, “The Director” and “The Ad Agency Creative”.
To kick things off BT will air ‘Big Stunt’ in which a Harley Davidson smashes through a set wall to a background of pyrotechnics with McGregor questioning the relevancy of such artistry.
David James, BT consumer marketing director, said: “BT is very excited to be launching its new marketing campaign. It follows our previous hugely popular campaigns, including Adam and Jane’s love story as well as the flatmates. The public got to know these characters and took them into their hearts. We are confident that they will do the same with our new host of intriguing characters.”
A national outdoor advertising campaign will support the TV push through April with associated social media activity on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Ewan McGregor set for directing debut on American Pastoral
February 18, 2015 By Oliver Gettell
Actor Ewan McGregor has a new role lined up for himself: director. The 43-year-old Scotsman will make his feature directorial debut on a long-gestating adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winner "American Pastoral," Lakeshore Entertainment announced Wednesday.
McGregor was set to star opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film, which features a screenplay by John Romano ("The Lincoln Lawyer"). Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "The Giver") had been attached to direct; Lakeshore offered no explanation as to why Noyce is no longer on the project.
Filming is scheduled to start in September in Pittsburgh.
In front of the camera, McGregor will play Seymour "Swede" Levov, a former high school athletic star who grows up to marry a beauty queen and inherits his father’s business, only to see his family life thrown into chaos by the political upheavals of the late 1960s.
McGregor has long alternated between edgy indie fare and mainstream entertainments. He recently appeared in a Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s "The Real Thing," the Johnny Depp bomb "Mortdecai" and Rodrigo Garcia’s Sundance film "Last Days in the Desert," in which he plays both Jesus and the Devil.
"I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell," McGregor said in the announcement for "American Pastoral." "And in this script I knew I had found that story."
Ewan McGregor and Rashida Jones answer once and for all: Is Adnan guilty? Plus other stars chime in on the Serial podcast. Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Lily Tomlin, Danny McBride, Sam Rockwell, Greta Gerwig & Lola Kirke, Jason Sudeikis, Jake Johnson, Adam Scott, Chris Pine, Brie Larson, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Silverman, Mark and Jay Duplass, Thomas Mann & R.J. Cyler, Alison Brie, Rashida Jones, Rosemarie DeWitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Variety to Honor Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor and More at unite4:humanity Event
February 10, 2015 By Kevin Noonan
Global philanthropy initiative unite4:good and Variety announced the honorees for the second annual unite4:humanity event on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Seven entertainment figures will be recognized for their philanthropic work, including:
Halle Berry; Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenessee Center, a domestic violence intervention and prevention program
Ewan McGregor; International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK, an organization promoting the rights and well-being of children
Lauren and Aaron Paul; unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign, a documentary and school campaign working to end girl-against-girl bullying
P!nk, who will also perform at the event; Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end childhood hunger
Josh Hutcherson; Young Humanitarian Award, for his work with Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT ally organization for straight youth and young adults
Christina Applegate; Saint Vintage Love Cures Award, for her work with Right Action for Women, her breast cancer awareness and action foundation
The event serves as a preview of the conference4:change, hosted by unite4:good, Variety and the University of Southern California’s Media Institute for Social Change at USC on Mar. 14. The conference bring together media figures including writers, directors, musicians, producers, actors and industry executives for discussion aimed at creating action for positive change.
“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. Unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said unite4:good founder Anthony Melikhov. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”
UG4 Group is the presenting sponsor of unite4:humanity, with premiere sponsors including Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage and official sponsors including Jet Edge International.
Ewan McGregor talks OBEs, kilts, Scottish man bags, and his fondness for the bagpipes
Thursday 22nd January 2015 By Sheena McGinley
There Ewan is, jovially quipping about secret zips located behind sporrans laying out all sort of visual gems for Jimmy while he seems to be on a five-second delay. Shame.
When you think about it, a zip behind a sporran (or at least some buttons less There’s Something About Mary risk of involved) would be ingenious. That way they wouldnt have to haul up their kilt while using the toilet. I’m assuming they dont pull it down... OK, heres the question of the day how do you use the toilet while wearing a kilt? Answers on a postcard please.