Celebrity Interview: Ewan McGregor
Scottish movie magnet Ewan McGregor recounts his vibrant two-decade career, and discusses a return to the role that made him famous
He's a Hollywood powerhouse and a lead in some of the biggest blockbusters in years including Moulin Rouge, Angels and Demons and as the fabled Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy. Ewan McGregor however, has Danny Boyle to thank for his global success after the Oscar-winning director cast him as the heroin addled Mark Renton in Irvine Welch's ode to a defining generation, Trainspotting. Put mildly, it propelled the young Scot into the stratosphere.
So with the long-awaited announcement that Boyle will go on to film the sequel, Porno, its understandable McGregor was one of the first to sign on to reprise his role. In fact, the entire original cast - including Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Kelly McDonald and Robert Carlyle - have all confirmed their participation in the movie. It seems they're all equally aware what a great debt they owe Boyle.
Announced shortly after this interview, McGregor spoke about his thoughts of a potential for a sequel. "I've always been waiting to read it and I never got sent it to read", he said. "I know in the past I always said I wouldn't do anything that would damage the reputation of the movie Trainspotting because I wouldn't want to do a poor sequel, but at the same time, I would always read it if I was sent it. I was never in the position where they've asked me to do it."
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