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The star said he’d made peace with director Danny Boyle and was definitely interested in playing Renton again.

The chances of seeing Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud altogether again on the big screen may be a step closer after Ewan McGregor said he would be keen to star in a sequel to cult hit Trainspotting.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Scotsman reports that McGregor said he had patched up his differences with director Danny Boyle, a major hindrance to any sequel being made and described the opportunity to work with the original cast and director again as “extraordinary.” He added that any follow-up film could be the next movie that could take him back to shooting in Scotland.

“It might be the film that brings me back. I would be up for it, I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one,” said McGregor.

Based on the book by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting was the story of heroin addiction in the deprived parts of Edinburgh and made a star of McGregor and proved to be breakout roles for Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.

The film was the second of three collaborations between Boyle and McGregor, who also made Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary together, but the pair famously fell out after the director cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead in The Beach, a part that was originally intended for McGregor.

On the subject of his relationship with Boyle, McGregor said: “It’s been a long, long time. I just think I’ve changed my opinion about it. We’ve all moved on and there is a lot of water under the bridge now.”

He added: “I miss working with Danny, I did some of my best work with him and he’s one of my favorite directors I’ve worked with. There was some bad blood and ill feeling, but that’s all gone now. I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original.”

Pressed on the issues that broke his and Boyle’s close working relationship, McGregor said: For years and years, I was [Boyle, Hodge, MacDonald’s] actor. It was more important to me than anything and it defined who I am as an actor. It set the bar very high for me and I’m always looking for that connection, that trust and the power of what you can come out with. You’ve no idea where it is coming from.”

The idea of a sequel to Trainspotting has been around since the author of the original books, Welsh, wrote Porno, the literary follow-up. McGregor has for years dismissed any suggestion of working on the project, but two years ago serious talk arose that Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew MacDonald were working on a loose adaptation of Porno.

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These are just RUMORS!

It’s raining Star Wars rumors this week and we’re not talking small ones either. Fresh off the huge rumor about the second Anthology film centering on Han Solo and Boba Fett’s past, another rumor has surfaced. This one not only purposes the focus of a new Star Wars movie, but in fact a whole new trilogy.

According to the rumor, Disney and Lucasfilm have been talking to Ewan McGregor about returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi not just for one film, for three. Which we’ve heard before but now may be more focused. Read more about the Ewan McGregor Star Wars rumor below.

Like the Solo/Fett rumor, this comes from Schmoes Know. They’re very clear to label this a rumor so don’t think of this as gospel, but this is the second time we’ve heard something along these lines. Last Fall, Cinelix reported three Obi-Wan movies were in the works for McGregor, but that they’d all be independent of each other. Now it’s the Schmoes’ belief it’s more of a trilogy and there’s a possibility these films could be in addition to the Anthology films as well as Episodes. Could it mean a time we get two Star Wars movies a year? Again – all huge rumors so be careful.

Breaking this down, Ewan McGregor has said time and time again he’d come back to Star Wars. His portayal of Kenobi is one of the universal bright spots in the Prequel Trilogy and his star has only continued to rise. (The same can be said for Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman too, probably even more so, but – spoiler alert – they’re characters are both dead.)

For the proposed trilogy – or even a single film – to make sense, it would have to take place between Episodes III and IV, which is what the report says. But that’s also a time period that’s now being well-mined. There’s Star Wars Rebels, there’s Rogue One, and Kenobi even dropped a brief animated cameo in Rebels. So we know he’s out there.

What we don’t know, in the new Star Wars canon, is what – if anything – Kenobi did on Tatooine in those years. How did he look after a growing Luke? How did “Obi-Wan” become “Ben?” Could this story bring in characters from The Clone Wars TV show – mainly, Darth Maul – who are still lingering? Will Kenobi leave the planet? If there are three movies, you’d think so.

What we do know is this: If Lucasfilm makes one or three Obi-Wan Kenobi films, he won’t interact with Darth Vader. It would almost certainly be a story very much on the fringes of the main Episodes.

I loved this rumor last year and love it even more know. I’m dying to learn more about Kenobi through the eyes of McGregor. What do you think about this rumor?

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The clock will not be without its candelabra.

Disney’s upcoming live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has found its Lumiere in Ewan McGregor, who is nearing a deal to play the enchanted castle’s resident maître d’ in the March 2017 film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lumiere, of course, is the suave Frenchman-turned-candelabra who sings the showstopping “Be Our Guest” (among other notable songs). The womanizing candlestick holder is often side by side with his vastly more uptight cohort, Cogsworth, played in the film by Ian McKellen.

The showy role was the last major question mark in the buzzy 3D project, which will star Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe. Bill Condon will direct with a script by Stephen Chbosky and new songs (in addition to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s originals from the 1991 animated film) by Menken and Tim Rice.

Beauty and the Beast is a return to the movie-musical for McGregor, who memorably sang as a lovelorn writer in 2001’s Moulin Rouge!

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I’ve added a few more portraits from the Film Independent Spirit Awards:


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A beautiful Portrait by Variety from the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards last night:


Ewan attended the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards yesterday where he presented the Best Lead Actress Award to Julianne Moore. He seems to have skipped the red carpet, but I’ve added some candid pictures from the outside arrivals, from the show and the backstage.


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He was Obi Wan Kenobi, and he’s now playing Jesus in Sundance’s Last Days in the Desert, but Ewan McGregor tells Krista Smith he still got tongue tied when he met Prince Charles.

Have your doubts about that new Star Wars lightsaber? Well you’re not alone. Ewan McGregor, that’s right, Obi Wan Kenobi himself, jokingly says the updated design leaves much to be desired.

McGregor has moved on from his Kenobi days to play another famous robed figure in the sand: Jesus. The actor spoke with Vanity Fair senior west coast editor Krista Smith about his Sundance film Last Days in the Desert which he originally describes as just a story about a father and son. The film covers Jesus’s time in the wilderness before the beginning of his ministry and McGregor plays not only Christ, but Lucifer as well.

But the challenges of playing the Messiah may pale in comparison with the fright McGregor received in 2013 when getting an Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles. In the video above, McGregor goes into great detail about what the ceremony entails, should you ever find yourself in his shoes.

Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and Satan in this hushed, austere and stirringly beautiful drama from writer-director Rodrigo Garcia.

A filmmaker known primarily for his perceptive melodramas about women, from “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her ” to “Mother and Child,” now turns his attention to a primal tale of fathers and sons — including the Son of Man himself — in “Last Days in the Desert,” a quietly captivating and remarkably beautiful account of Jesus’ time in the wilderness before the beginning of his ministry. Deliberately paced, sparely imagined and suffused with mystery, writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s seventh feature is nonetheless quite lucid and accessible in its themes of empathy, compassion and sacrifice, and grounded by a Christ/Satan dual performance by Ewan McGregor that plays vastly better onscreen than it sounds on paper. While many will find the drama as arid as its parched surroundings, with a thoughtful and concerted marketing approach the picture might well appeal to art-minded nonbelievers and Christians open-minded enough to accept an off-Scripture narrative.

Certain to elicit the full range of reactions from the faithful and the skeptical alike, “Last Days in the Desert” approaches the figure of Christ — or Yeshua, as he’s referred to here — with tremendous care and tact, yet also with a scrupulous focus on his humanity rather than his divinity. Some may well discern a connection with “The Last Temptation of Christ,” though there’s nothing here that even remotely approaches that film’s controversy-stirring elements. This is a hushed, austere and surpassingly gentle treatment of a brief chapter of Jesus’ life — probably too subdued and speculative for those inclined to find profundity in the self-glorifying “realism” of “The Passion of the Christ,” but a vastly more considered and spiritually probing picture in every respect.

Tonight Ewan received the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK at the 2nd Annual Unite4Humanity. Here are pictures and more about his work below.


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Ewan McGregor – Int’l Humanitarian Award
In our current debate about the efficacy of vaccinations, actor Ewan McGregor, having seen the ravages of polio up close, feels the matter is pretty clear-cut.

“I’ve seen it in Nepal and India and how close we are to having wiped out that disease completely, but not quite,” he says. “There’s still quite a bit of work to be done. You can’t tell the mother or the father of a child that’s been crippled with polio that vaccinations don’t work.”

McGregor, who acts as a roving ambassador for Unicef UK, should know. In 2004, he and buddy Charley Boorman trekked 20,000 miles across 12 countries on their BMW R1200 GS, their version of “The Motorcycle Diaries” chronicled in the documentary “The Long Way Around.” It was more than a freewheeling road trip; it was a wake-up call to human suffering that provided invaluable awareness to a charity that focuses on the plight of children in need.

In this and subsequent trips to remote regions of Ukraine, Uganda and Peru, they witnessed extreme poverty, learning difficulties, disease and kids from broken homes with nowhere to go.

“In America and in Europe, our way of life is such that it’s hard to imagine a village where there is no doctor or clean water, where if your baby gets sick, your baby dies and that’s it,” he says. “Yet it is the reality for so much of the world’s population. That’s why I think we have a responsibility to help.”

Louise O’Shea, spokeswoman for Unicef UK, calls McGregor the face of the org’s direct-response ads. “He fronted our appeal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games that raised £5 million,” she says. “His support for Unicef is like no other.”

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Good evening, everyone!

My name is Annie and I’m the new webmaster of EwanMcGregor.net. Mariana has kindly agreed to let me take over the site after the long period of hiatus.

I’ll be working on bring the site back to it’s full glory, with a fully revamped and re-organized gallery, aswell updated news and information about Ewan.

Later tonight I’ll be bringing pictures from tonight’s Variety’s Unity4:Humanity Event where it honored, among others, Ewan, for his work with UNICEF UK.

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