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Sir Jackie Stewart wants Ewan Mcgregor for racing movie
Hollywood bosses are eyeing a biopic of motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart - and the track ace wants Ewan Mcgregor to play him on-screen.
Brokeback Mountain producer Bill Pohlad is preparing to shoot the movie, which will focus on Sir Jackie's friendship with his Formula 1 protege Francois Cevert, who was killed in a track accident in the U.S. in 1973. Triple world champion Sir Jackie has read a draft of the untitled film's script and has given the greenlight for the project - and he's recommending Pohlad signs up fellow Scot MCGregor to play him in the movie.
The retired racer tells The Sun, "The relationship that Francois and I had was probably unique in that we were such good friends while, at the same time, racing against each other even though we were in the same team. This has been picked up by a very good film-maker in Bill. He has worked with some very big stars and he is a friend of mine. I've known him since about 1971. He wants to do it and we have agreed. "Clearly we won't be in it, it has to be actors. I don't know who will be playing me - but Ewan MCGregor would be an awfully good choice."
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Ewan McGregor: 'Trainspotting' Sequel Not Happening
As amazing as it would be to see Begbie, Renton and Sick Boy continue their drug-induced Trainspotting adventures, Scottish leading man Ewan McGregor has unofficially nixed it -- he's never even seen a script for the hypothetical movie.
While doing press for the upcoming Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, McGregor addressed the possibility of starring in a sequel to the movie, which was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
"I was always a bit loathe to do it, because Trainspotting is so important for me," said McGregor. "And it was such an amazing film that still stands up today. I think making a sequel to it is almost a dangerous thing to do. You don't want to damage the reputation of the original film if you make a lesser version."
Upon reflection, McGregor briefly considered the semantics of creating the film now, over a decade after its original release in 1996.
"That said, it could be interesting because it's been so long, and the book is set 10 years later," he said, referring to Welsh's follow-up to Trainspotting, titled Porno. As for his aging since the mid-'90s?
"I still look very, very young, and that would be a big problem," he joked, laughing.
Another novel by Welsh ("Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance") has been adapted into a Canadian film, Ecstacy, which just wrapped shooting and is slated for release this year. Welsh is currently writing a prequel to Trainspotting, titled Skagboys.