“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
Ewan McGregor Describes the ‘Thrilling’ Experience of Making His Directorial Debut on ‘American Pastoral’
Every Toronto International Film Festival, several magazines and news outlets do a series of Portraits, here are some:
Photo Sessions and Outtakes > 2016 > #006 – TIFF – The Hollywood Reporter
Photo Sessions and Outtakes > 2016 > #007 – TIFF – Variety
Photo Sessions and Outtakes > 2016 > #008 – TIFF – Deadline
Photo Sessions and Outtakes > 2016 > #009 – TIFF – Entertainment Weekly
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.
Press Events & Appearances > 2016 > September 9th | Toronto International Film Festival – American Pastoral Premiere After Party