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Ewan McGregor on Woody Allen

Ruthe SteinFriday, May 2, 2008In person, Ewan McGregor looks even less as if he could be Colin Farrell’s brother than he does onscreen. McGregor is tall but slight, with none of Farrell’s potentially menacing bulk. But then Woody Allen, who chose Christopher Walken as Diane Keaton’s brother in “Annie Hall” and Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as sisters in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” never puts much store in physical resemblance when casting sibling parts, relying instead on clever acting to make you believe his characters are related.In “Cassandra’s Dream,” McGregor plays Ian, the emotionally stronger of two brothers. When their wealthy uncle asks them to murder a business foe, he does the dastardly deed and gets on with it, while brother Terry (Farrell) falls apart.George Lucas directed McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in three “Star Wars” movies, and Baz Luhrmann had him singing and dancing in “Moulin Rouge.” But, like many actors, McGregor’s dream had been to work with Allen, and he badgered his agent about it for years.Here McGregor tells what happened with the call finally came and what it was like to be directed by Allen in “Cassandra’s Dream,” being released this month on DVD.[b]Q: Did Allen call you himself?A:[/b] No. Your agent calls you up and says, “Woody Allen would like to meet you in New York.” So off you go, and you meet him for, like, 45 seconds. He comes in and says, “I like your work, and maybe I have a part.”[b]Q: Does he answer questions?A:[/b] No. He just likes to see you in the flesh. I go away, and then they phone up and say, “Look, Woody wants you to read the script,” and they send it around.[b]Q: What is it about Allen that makes actors take enormous pay cuts to work for him?A:[/b] He’s just one of the very few grand-master filmmakers there are in the world, really. There’s’ nobody who has the (nerve) to shoot the way he does. He only does wide shots. Occasionally, he’ll come in for a close-up, but really only occasionally. So you get this wonderful naturalism because, as an actor, you’ve played these very long scenes in real time in front of a wide frame, and that’s it. You do two or three takes, and then you’re moving on to another scene. So it keeps things really real. And the dialogue is lovely. Woody is so (self-effacing) about it. He says, “They’re just words I wrote. Don’t say any of them if you don’t want to.” It’s kind of like jazz music written in a way to work around it. But it’s so beautifully written, I wouldn’t want to change a word.Source:

Ewan McGregor eyes ‘Demons’ role

By TATIANA SIEGELIsraeli actress Ayelet Zurer has nabbed the female lead opposite Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures’ “Da Vinci Code” prequel “Angels & Demons.”Ewan McGregor is in talks to join the thriller, which is based on the Dan Brown best-seller.McGregor is set to take on the role of a powerful Vatican insider who assists Langdon.Story centers on religious art scholar Robert Langdon (Hanks), who once again finds himself entangled with powerful forces with ancient roots: the Illuminati — the most powerful underground organization in history — and the Catholic Church. Zurer will play Vittoria Vetra, an Italian scientist who joins forces with Langdon.Ron Howard is directing from an Akiva Goldsman script.Zurer is best known in her native Israel, where she has starred in “Nina’s Tragedies” and the TV series “In Treatment,” which was recently adapted in the U.S. by HBO. Her U.S. film credits include “Munich” and Columbia’s “Vantage Point.” She will next be seen in the Samuel Goldwyn release “Fugitive Pieces.”Source:

Ewan on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Fey Ol’ Time

Jenny McCarthy’s main man, [b]Ewan McGregor[/b] and Rodrigo Santoro sure got down for a dude’s night out in Miami, checking out a Martini Tuesday party at queer lounge Halo. The three amigos are in Ef-Hell-Ay filming I Love You Phillip Morris, about a prisoner who falls in love with his cell mate?this is the state of the romantic comedy, folks, so much for Pretty Woman 2. Jimmy wore jeans and a blue, checkered shirt and was sporting some shorter hair than usual. He arrived with R.S. (in a tee, dark jeans and bright white kicks to boot) and the two celebs set up shop in a corner booth, ordering a bottle of champs that wasn’t popped until E.M. showed up, an hour later. Ewy looked tr?s European in a light black and white sweater, absolutely stunning, cancer scare be damned. All deadly diseases need to stay the ef away from Ewan’s precious face! The party grew to eight, most made up of crew members, and sadly, not us.Source:

Ewan McGregor talks about his new erotic thriller Deception

On the set of Deception, Ewan McGregor discusses a role that requires him to make love with five total strangersJames BoneDriving through the main gate at New York’s Steiner Studios feels rather like entering Guantanamo Bay prison camp. A guard checks your identity and raises the security barrier. Ahead lies a vast car-park that was once a parade ground, dotted with newly built hangars. The similarity with Guantanamo is no coincidence. Though just across the river from Manhattan’s famous skyline, the Steiner Studios lie in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard.Deception, Ewan McGregor’s new erotic thriller, is being shot on a sound stage in one of the glass-and-steel hangars, and the Scottish star has a busy schedule ahead of him. Over the next two days, he is to film a montage of sex scenes that requires him to get it on with five different actresses – none of whom he has met before.The director has left the sex scenes until the last two days of the seven-week shoot. McGregor, looking very American in black jeans, a striped jersey, a baseball cap and baseball boots, seems, if not downright nervous, at least preoccupied with the marathon of sex scenes on which he is about to embark.“They’re interesting. I’ve done a lot of them. I try to find something about them that is realistic,” he explains. “There are Hollywood glistening sex scenes, and I’m not very interested in them. I don’t think they’re very interesting to watch… I think sex isn’t like Hollywood sex. It’s very often many things, but it can very often be awkward. In these scenes, they’re strangers, so they can be embarrassing. And things don’t just go off like they do in a Hollywood movie. I think finding those moments that make it real makes for the audience a much more erotic experience, or a much more powerful experience, because you recognise things you do yourself, or things that have happened to you.” Source:

Theatre’s hammer time with the stars

Big-name celebrities turn out in force to help raise thousands of pounds at Lord’s auctionSTARS of stage and screen came out in force to bolster the coffers of one of Camden’s most prestigious theatres.Ewan McGregor, Tom Conti, Maureen Lipman and Patricia Routledge were among the 500 guests at the Hampstead Theatre Spring Gala, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday.As the champagne flowed, supporters of the theatre in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, enjoyed musical entertainment from 1940s-themed swing band The Blonde Bombshells, a lavish three-course meal and a selection of comic scenes from past and future Hampstead Theatre productions.Lord Archer then took up the auctioneer’s hammer, proving his considerable skills as a salesman with the quick-fire auction of 10 lots.Bids on a week in Tuscany, dinner with acting couple Alison Steadman and Michael Elwyn, and drinks at Claridge’s with the author Penny Vincenzi raised more than £53,000 from the celebrity-packed audience.Comedy actress Maureen Lipman, who called one of the lots, also came under the hammer, offering her services as a fundraiser for a charity of the bidder’s choice.While Mrs Lipman fetched a grand total of £4,000, that figure was pipped by the bid of Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor. The Train­spotting star paid £5,000 for a photograph of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, signed by the three times world champion boxer.But it was lot 9 that proved the evening’s biggest money-spinner. The tour of Pinewood Studios with actress Emma Thompson was sold to one generous party-goer for £8,000.Other lots under the hammer were art tours of London, the rare auction catalogue of Princess Diana’s dresses and tickets for some of the top theatres in London, including the Hampstead Theatre.The night, hosted by actress Lynda Bellingham, was rounded off by the “Queen of Burlesque” Immodesty Blaize with her Swarovski-encrusted rocking horse act.Source:

Ewan’s acceptance speech for his Empire Icon award

“Thank you very much. Thank you very much. I would really like to have a round of applause for Chiwitel’s beard that we just saw which has sadly gone now, it was quite a monster. I worked opposite for three months and we watched it grow, how wonderful his beard was.”In my second year at drama school, I saved up and brought two tickets to see a play at The Old Vic, my mum came down to visit and I took her to see a play called A Flea In Her Ear that Jim was in and after it I remember saying to her – I was absolutely blown away by it, it was an incredible performance. Afterwards I remember saying to her, ‘Mum, can you ever imagine working with an actor like Jim Broadbent, wouldn’t that be amazing’. Some years later, I was sitting in an airport lounge waiting to go over to Australia waiting to do my first wave of rehearsals on Moulin Rouge and Jim tapped me on the shoulder. I said to him, ‘Jim where are you going?’ He said, ‘I’m going to Australia’. ‘What Sydney?’ ‘Yes, I’m making a film with you, you cunt!’… And indeed we did.”I’ve been so lucky to work with a great many talented and passionate actors and directors and occasionally producers and so I’d like to thank you all. I’d like to thank everyone at Empire who have been so kind to me over the years and I’d like to thank your readers.”I married just after we finished making Trainspotting and she’s been with me throughout this entire journey and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you so thank you very much.”Lastly but not leastly, as an actor you’re lucky if you form creative partnerships, sometimes you can work with a director over and over again but it’s rare, sometimes you do and then you don’t any more. In my career, the one lasting partnership I’ve had since I left drama school at 19 to this day and onwards is with my wonderful agent Linda King who can’t be here tonight, I’d just like to say that I love her and I thank her very much. Thank you very much.” Source:

Belated Burns Night for Ewan, Lady Helen and Sharleen

London boasted its very own Highland fling last night as Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri, actor Ewan McGregor and Lady Helen Taylor hosted their annual charity fundraiser Not Another Burns Night at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel in Covent Garden. With guests such as KT Tunstall, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Chrissie Hynde attending the delayed celebrations, it was a case of better late than never.Source:

Ewan in Germany

Ewan McGregor in the perfume section of a department store in Hamburg, Germany as the face of a new men’s fragrance Davidoff Adventure ADDED:

Ewan promoting Davidoff Adventure in London

LONDON, February 26 /PRNewswire/ –The Actor is the Face of the New Men’s Fragrance Davidoff AdventureTo publicize the launch of the new Davidoff Adventure Fragrance, Ewan McGregor was in London at the Langham Hotel where he gave exclusive interviews.Launched last week in the UK, McGregor has signed to do worldwide television and print ads for the Davidoff Adventure fragrance. His trips “Long Way Down” and “Long Way Round” embody the spirit of the new fragrance.”Ewan McGregor is a natural choice to represent Davidoff’s new male fragrance. Not only is he one of the most talented actors of his generation, but he also has a charisma and an authenticity that will be very important for the new Davidoff Adventure fragrance,” said Fran?oise Mariez, SVP International European Marketing Licenses, Coty Prestige.Scottish-born Ewan McGregor first came to world attention as Renton in the critically acclaimed “Trainspotting,” followed by playing a Jedi Master in “Star Wars” and singing alongside Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge.” He has starred in films such as “The Island”, “Big Fish”, and his latest release is the award winning Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream.” McGregor also took time out between his film projects to fulfill a dream – a 20,000-mile motorcycle trip across the world for the documentaries “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down”, revealing his adventurous real-life personality.The scent and style of the new Davidoff Adventure fragrance mark the beginning of a new era for the Davidoff fragrance portfolio. Source:

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