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People in Film | Ewan McGregor
Updated April 25, 2011
The Scottish actor brings talents, looks, and most of all charm to his varied films.
Ewan McGregor | From Start to Beginners
In Mike Mills Beginners, Ewan McGregor plays Oliver Fields, a young graphic artist confronted with a barrage of confusing changes: his 75-year-old dad Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out of the closet, then develops cancer; a charming and unpredictable actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent) comes into his life and heart. It’s a multifaceted role of ups and downs, confusion and enlightenment, and, of course, beginnings as well as endings. In addition, the character of Oliver is in many ways a stand in for writer/director Mike Mills, who drew upon his own life experience for the screenplay of Beginners. For Ewan McGregor, “There is a convergence that makes Beginners very rich and complex. It’s a film about losing, about accepting – in this case, accepting your father for who he really is, accepting the fact that someone who is living life to the fullest is going to die, and then coming to terms with such a loss while falling in love.” Of course, McGregor has negotiated emotional complexity in his films for nearly two decades. And he has done so, as he does in Beginners, with a astonishing charm and humor.