Ewan McGregor wants to make his own ‘Trainspotting’ in Scotland.
The 45-year-old star revealed he is seeking funding for a ‘gritty uban’ movie with a teenage cast of unknowns.
The actor’s first movie as a director American Pastoral had its premiere at the Tornoto International Film Festival.
The film, shot in the US, and starring himself, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning has attracted mixed reviews.
But McGregor who has waited over 20 years to step behind the cameras, said he is looking for a smaller scale project to shoot at home.
He told a Masterclass at the TIFF: “I have a feeling of what I would want to do next, and that feelings is that I should make my ‘first’ movie “I maybe missed my $3m [£2.2m] movie – five weeks shooting with no resources, running around, painting stuff and then just filming.
“I would like to do it in Scotland – with young people, and not be in it.
To go and do something small and gritty.
“Something contemporary and urban – those are my rough feelings at the moment.”
He added: “I am looking for funding.“
And Ewan, said it would not be two decades in the making: “I would like to do it again, but sooner than that.
“I might have to make it happen, be more active this time.”
In American Pastoral the actor plays Seymour “Swede” Levov, a former high school star athlete, whose child becomes an urban terrorist in the 1960s.
Trainspotting was shot in 1995 over seven weeks on a budget of £1.5 million with the cast and crew working out of an abandoned cigarette factory in Glasgow .
Because of tight finances many of the scenes were shot only ones, and improvised, including McGregor’s famous scene – as Renton – running down Princes’ Street, in Edinburgh .
Ewan McGregor has been set as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards which are organized by BAFTA Los Angeles. McGregor, whose feature directing debut American Pastoral just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is being given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF.
The actor-director recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across the area are affecting children’s lives. He “is using his platform to bring awareness” to the horrors facing the children, says BAFTA LA. The org noted he has worked with UNICEF to help provide life-saving food and water, protection services, and healthcare to families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
McGregor broke out in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult hit Trainspotting and recently reprised his role as Renton in Boyle’s Trainspotting 2 alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony releases February 3 next year. The following month, Disney releases the live-action Beauty And The Beast in which McGregor plays Lumière. Among his long list of feature credits are The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Big Fish, I Love You Philip Morris, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Moulin Rouge (scoring Golden Globe nominations for the latter two films). He also donned Jedi robes to play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He’s currently in political thriller Our Kind Of Traitor and soon begins production on FX’s Fargo. He’ll play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in the Season 3 anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregor’s American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He stars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning with Lionsgate releasing October 21.
Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom are previous Humanitarian Award recipients. Other 2016 Britannia Awards honorees in various categories include Ang Lee, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais.
The awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood which honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., UK and beyond. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. This year’s ceremony takes place October 28 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall.
“American Pastoral” is “the kind of movie that we don’t get a chance to make so much anymore,” said director and star Ewan McGregor at the Toronto Film Festival. McGregor joined stars Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly and Uzo Aduba to talk the experience of making his directorial debut. | Variety Studio presented by Airbnb
Every Toronto International Film Festival, several magazines and news outlets do a series of Portraits, here are some:
Ewan is the cover feature of the October issue of Esquire Magazine. Here’s the cover, the photoshoot and the article.
The King of Scotland
HELL-RAISING, RISK-TAKING EWAN MCGREGOR IS PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE AGAIN.
It’s a cool gray day in July, and I’m climbing a dormant volcano with Ewan McGregor. We’re halfway up Arthur’s Seat, a rocky summit that looms over Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Robert Louis Stevenson once described this promontory as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” which is Scottish for “steep as shite.” I’m already winded. McGregor is as chipper as a puppy going for its morning walk. When I stop to catch my breath and soak up the view, he flashes me a grin—that terrific, lupine Ewan McGregor grin—and announces that he can already see tomorrow morning’s tabloid headline: EWAN KILLS JOURNO AT LAST. He tips his head back, laughing, and pats me on the sweaty shoulder. Then he gambols up the stony path.
In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, McGregor hardly needs to kill an out-of-shape journalist to get tabloid attention. He’s here filming the sequel to Trainspotting, the 1996 film that put him on the map as an actor, and the city is pulling for the cast and crew as if they were Scotland’s World Cup team. The original Trainspotting, a black comedy about a cluster of criminally hapless heroin addicts, is beloved here, as it is across Great Britain. (London’s The Observer named it the best British film of the last twenty-five years.) Photographs from the sequel’s shooting fill the front pages of Edinburgh’s newspapers. Teeming crowds gather around roped-off set locations. “I’ve never seen the like of it,” McGregor says about the mania. “People just standing there with a million cell phones, you know?”
On Friday, Ewan attended the premiere for American Pastoral at the Toronto International Film Festival, here are pictures from the Premiere, the After Party and a couple of videos below.
An interview from The Hollywood Reporter where Ewan McGregor and the cast talk about American Pastoral:
Ewan talks about his directorial debut: American Pastoral at the Toronto International Film Festival: Master Class
Earlier on Saturday, Ewan and the cast of American Pastoral attended a Press Conference for the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, here are the video and pictures: