Ewan McGregor is a well-known motorcycle enthusiast, so maybe thats what gave him away when he stepped out of a Beverley Hills salon this week looking almost unrecognisable. The actor, known for his ginger-blonde hair, looked completely different as he was spotted with jet black hair and a same-colour moustache, but still failed to evade the watchful stare of a paparazzi camera lens.

The look is quite the drastic make-over for the Scottish star, but rather than abandoning his ginger/Scottish heritage, the actor does have a reason behind this look; at last we think he does. McGregor is taking on the role of John Bishop, the main antagonist in the upcoming Western Jane Got A Gun, and it is believed his new look is in aid of the performance. Either that or Ewan just fancied a major change to his looks and decided that growing a beard again wouldn't cut it.

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Ewan McGregor still failed to fool some onlookers

The role Ewan is taking on had been passed around most of Hollywood before the Scot took it on, with original choice Michael Fassbender pulling out before shooting had begun. Jude Law was drafted in to take on the role afterwards, only to drop out himself and land Bradley Cooper with the role. Like his predecessors though, Brad was unable to commit and Ewan, who we assume is definitely committed to the role, was given it instead.

Jane Got A Gun also star Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton and is being directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior), who was chosen to sit behind the camera after original choice Lynne Ramsay dropped out. The movie, which is due to be released next year, sees heroine Jane Hammond (Portman) ready herself for the arrival of the group of bandits who killed her husband, enlisting the help of an ex-lover she hasn't seen in a decade.

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