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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 | Charmed, I’m Sure
McGregor told Total Film that in the midst of making Velvet Goldmine he got a phone call: “I was dressed in the Iggy Pop wig and leather jeans and spoke to my agent and she just screamed down the phone, “Waaaahhh! They want you to be Obi-Wan Kenobi!” With his Uncle Denis history with George Lucas, getting the role of a Jedi Warrior must have seen like destiny. And McGregor took on the legendary role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the 2002 Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and the 2005 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But in reality the move from glam rock to intergalactic rockets changed very little for McGregor, except the size of films he took on. McGregor moved back and forth between big budget fare like Star Wars and Angels & Demons to more intimate dramas like Stay and Young Adam. McGregor also signed up for a range of genres and styles, always bringing with him his inimitable charm. Stephanie Zacharek said of his character in Baz Luhrmann’s madcap musical Moulin Rouge, ”his charm enfolds everything from the way he stammers … to the suffering he holds like a noble vessel.” Indeed the San Francisco Chronicle’s Edward Guthmann credits that film’s ebullient spirit to McGregor, “who has the talent to make us believe the operatic emotions that pour out of him.” Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains that in Peyton Reed’s 2003 Down With Love McGregor “is wonderfully charming as this toxic bachelor with no idea that his ways are on the way out.”