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People in Film | Ewan McGregor
Posted April 25, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Ewan McGregor"
The Scottish actor brings talents, looks, and most of all charm to his varied films.
Ewan McGregor | Audience’s Drug of Choice
In 1995, McGregor was tapped by Boyle to play the lead in his new low-budget film based on a novel by Irvine Welch about a group of heroin addicts scrapping by in financially depressed Edinburgh. For McGregor, the film rocketed him to worldwide fame. As he told the music site Clash in 2011, “I thought everything I was involved in was going to be some huge hit back then, but truthfully, I don’t think that anyone could have predicted just how successful Trainspotting would be today. I mean, it’s still the main thing people ask me about when they come up to me in the street.” No doubt much of the film’s success came from the unique way that both Boyle and McGregor brought a sense of lightness and charm to otherwise depressing material without losing any of the subject matter’s original grit. Indeed it was this unique attribute that attracted Boyle to McGregor in the first place; he revealed to Entertainment Weekly in 1996: “We wanted somebody who had the quality Michael Caine's got in Alfie and Malcolm McDowell's got in A Clockwork Orange… have a character who is actually repulsive, and yet there's a charm there that makes you feel deeply ambiguous about what he's doing. You're drawn to him.'' Critics and audience were indeed drawn to the young Scottish actor. BBC Films’ Almar Haflidason later wrote, “Central to this supremely confident film is Ewan McGregor. His performance as the heroin-enslaved Mark Renton still ranks as his best.”