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Born: March 31, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: Cast ...


With Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller and others, McGregor is one of the co-founders of the independent production company Natural Nylon.

"I'm so driven--working madly, and almost arrogantly ambitious. But I've never known towards where or what." --Ewan McGregor in Details, November 1997.

On working with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge: "It's never been the case that I'm in the next one, not before casting. [Boyle and Hodge are] terribly loyal as a team to me and I to them, but the loyalty would stop if I'm not right to play a part, and that's the way it should be. So it's not a forgone conclusion that I will be in them all--but I better be." --McGregor to Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1997.

On the required nudity for his role in "The Pliiow Book", McGregor told Entertainment Weekly (June 13, 1997): "Being naked was far more worrisome for everyone else on the set than it was for me. I actually enjoyed it, the truth be told. There was something incredibly powerful about it. Usually you'd get arrested for that sort of thing, but I got paid."

"[Ewan has] that thing that Tom Hanks has. He's like the guy next door. He's got that ordinariness--that's his nature. He doesn't try to represent himself without spots, and I don't think he's thinking about that. It's instinct. [But] there's something quite naughty about Ewan as well. Very naughty." --director Danny Boyle in Buzz, March 1997.

"I won't buy into the Hollywood thing ... I want to be in good movies." --McGregor quoted in Time, July 15, 1996.

"We spoke about it before we filmed ["Trainspotting"]: should we try heroin? Once we started doing research with some of the addicts -- once we met those people, it really felt disrespectful even to think about that. But at first, I kinda had an attitude: I'd lost all this weight to play my character, and I felt that Kate Moss skinny glamour and had this romantic idea. Because heroin's the worst one -- the big, bad one. So there's a mystique around it." --McGregor to Joshua Mooney in "Great Scot", Movieline, August 1996.

McGregor on Danny Boyle's decision to use Leonardo DiCaprio instead of him in "The Beach": "I was gutted. Fucking gutted. ... It's been kind of like a love affair between Danny and me -- and now he's seeing someone else." -- to Vanity Fair, December 1998.

"I've slagged off big-budget blockbusters in my time, but I see my wanting to be in 'Star Wars' as a very different kettle of fish. It's not like some shit like 'Independence Day' or 'Godzilla'. 'Star Wars' is like modern fairy tales and fables. It's a complete entity of its own, and it so has to do with my generation.' --Ewan McGregor to Premiere, May 1999.

McGregor on his role in "Moulin Rouge!": "It was quite painful to do and a lot of me came out on screen which made me feel quite vulnerable. I felt I was true to my own character ... It reminded me of coming down to London for the first time. I didn't fall in love with a courtesan, but I may as well have done. I came from a small Scottish town to drama scahool and a crazed environment. It was a shock for a pure naive, romantic kind of guy." --to London's Evening Standard, August 3, 2001.

"He really can do just about anything. He's smart. He becomes the character." --"Black Hawk Down" producer Jerry Bruckheimer on McGregor, quoted in Us Weekly, January 21, 2002.

"I'm really happy with all the films I've made. I don't think any of them have been a mistake, 'cause I've learnt something from them, and I don't worry about having turned down films that have been hugely successful. I don't judge my success in a movie by the box office 'cause there are some really successful films that are absolutely awful to watch."---McGregor quoted in Interview May 2004

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