Ewan McGregor: The beating that set me on course for stardom
Published: Wed, February 12, 2014 By Gavin Docherty
The Perth-born actor was just 16 and preparing for two separate drama school auditions when he was attacked by a thug on the city’s underground.
“I was going to a house party in Glasgow with some friends when this drunk got on the tube train,” he said.
“He walked into a pillar and I made a joke about it. It was the worst thing I could have ever said. He decided when I got off he was going to kick the s*** out of me, and that is what he did.”
Two weeks later, McGregor, then still a pupil at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, was being drilled by his uncle, actor Denis Lawson, for his audition piece, but was unable to understand the concept of acting.
“My uncle said, ‘I want you to think about when you were beaten up in Glasgow, how humiliated you felt’.”
McGregor explained how starting to feel that pain and upset in his audition won him a place in a year-long course at Kirkcaldy, leading eventually to graduation from LAMDA and his TV debut in drama Lipstick on Your Collar.
McGregor, 42, addressing a Screen Actors Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, said it became a launch pad to his film career.
Reflecting on the frightening assault, McGregor added: “We were teuchters from the Highlands, small-town people who went to the big city.
“That experience certainly helped me with my speech.
“The words and feelings were suddenly connected to the text. It was a realisation of the power of acting.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal to star with Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing
February 11, 2014 By David Ng
Maggie Gyllenhaal will play the role originated by Glenn Close on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, which is set to open Oct. 30 in a production by the Roundabout Theatre in New York.
The revival production, which also will feature Ewan McGregor in the role originated in New York by Jeremy Irons, will mark Gyllenhaal’s Broadway debut, although she has acted on stage before, including productions of Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya at downtown New York’s Classic Stage Company as well as the Tony Kushner play Homebody/Kabul at the Mark Taper Forum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The Real Thing, which will run at the American Airlines Theatre, is a comedy about infidelity and acting that features meta-structural devices. Gyllenhaal will play the role of Annie, who is having an extramarital affair with a playwright (McGregor).
The actors appeared together in the 2010 movie Nanny McPhee Returns.
Previews of The Real Thing are scheduled to begin Oct. 2. The production will be directed by Sam Gold.
Stoppard’s play was first performed in London in 1982 with Felicity Kendal in the role of Annie. The show reached Broadway in 1984 with a cast that included Irons, Close, Christine Baranski, Peter Gallagher and a young Cynthia Nixon.
A 2000 Broadway revival starred Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle.
Berlin: Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan To Spend Last Days In The Desert
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 By Nancy Tartaglione, International Editor
Albert Nobbs helmer Rodrigo Garcia is set to direct Last Days In The Desert, a co-production from Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films. Ewan McGregor has boarded to play the dual roles of a holy man and a demon who must confront his own fate after an encounter with a family struggling to survive in the harsh desert environment.
Tye Sheridan, who picked up the newcomer prize in Venice for his turn in David Gordon Green’s Joe, also stars as do Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. Garcia wrote the script and will start principal photography this month in southern California. Emmanuel Lubezki is lensing the picture in a reteam with Garcia after their 2000 collaboration Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her.
Just last weekend, the Gravity cinematographer told Deadline of the project, “It’s a tiny little beautiful, extraordinary script that Rodrigo wrote that we’re going to shoot for five weeks.” Mockingbird’s Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis are producing with Wicks Walker. Walker and Nicolas Gonda are financing via Walker’s Division Films and Gonda’s Ironwood Films, in association with Different Drummer and New Balloon. WME has domestic rights, with Hanway Films representing international here in Berlin. McGregor most recently wrapped production on Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp. He’s next up in Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got A Gun and makes his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. He is repped by UTA, United Agents and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern. Sheridan is with WME.
Lydie shared a link to a Deadline article about the American Society of Cinematographers which quoted Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezkilubezki as saying: “At 4 AM I have to drive to the desert because I start a movie with my friend Rodrigo Garcia with Ewan McGregor. It’s a tiny little beautiful, extraordinary script that Rodrigo wrote that we’re going to shoot for five weeks.”
The Internet Movie Database does not yet list a movie that links all three, but Your Right Mind lists Utah among its filming locations, and Ewan posted these photos to Instagram earlier today, which might confirm my theory:
Numerous “news” sites have been reporting that Ewan has been thrown off his motorcycle: Ewan McGregor thrown from motorbike – Scottish actor Ewan Mcgregor narrowly escaped injury when he was thrown from his motorcycle in a road accident on Wednesday. This headline has been tweeted and retweeted in various languages since Wednesday, and it’s completely false and misleading.
“I'm (sic) wasn't knocked down but bumped into. Just keep your eyes in your mirrors. Bikers are vulnerable. And very cool.”
Unfortunately, the only reason why these “news” sites do this is pure greed. They want as many people going to their sites which contain advertisements, and those sites get money for every visitor they get.