Quote: "If there are auditions for James Bond, I don't know about them. So I am going to phone my agent immediately to find out." Ewan McGregor jokes about playing the next 007.
Quote: "Very big studio pictures are tedious to make. If you've got 80 people in your crew, as opposed to two or three, suddenly you’re with all these massive f**king egos walking around. All that takes up time and money, which is why they take five months to shoot. Everyone’s quite happy if you come home having done a third of a scene. I can’t stand it. As a Scottish working man, I’m like, 'F**king get on with it!'" Ewan McGregor hates wasting time on blockbusters.
Tweet: "Congrats to my mate @TomHolland1996 for landing Spider Man. What a great guy got the job! Brilliant." Ewan McGregor offers congratulations to Tom Holland after learning his movie son in The Impossible has been cast as the new Spider-Man.
Quote: "I couldn't practice anywhere. My wife and kids just banned it. I would play and then the door would fly open... so I sort of had to give it up. You literally have to live on top of a mountain to learn to play the bagpipes." Ewan McGregor's bagpipe lessons weren't popular at home.
Quote: "It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I’d be up for it. I wouldn’t have been 10 years ago, but I am now.” Ewan McGregor insists he'd be on board a Trainspotting sequel.
Tweet: "Our Dear Misty Upham has died so young. I have thought of her all day. Her poor family. Heartbreak." Ewan McGregor pays tribute to his August: Osage County co-star Misty Upham, who was found dead in Auburn, Washington on Thursday (16Oct14).
Fact: Juan Antonio Bayona, the man behind Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts' acclaimed disaster movie The Impossible, has signed on to direct the World War Z sequel. Filmmaker Marc Foster announced he would not be returning for zombie apocalypse film in October (13).
Quote: "People have parties and they chat. It's like, 'I'm trying to listen to Ben Affleck's speech here! Shut up!'" Ewan McGregor insists he's a terrible guest because he hates chatter during awards shows.
Fact: Ewan McGregor is teaming up with famed wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough to shoot a documentary about his native Scotland. The Trainspotting actor will narrate Hebrides - Islands on the Edge, which looks at marine life off the Scottish coast.
Fact: Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Julia Roberts' husband and Meryl Streep's son-in-law in the movie adaptation of Tracy Letts' hit play August: Osage County. Fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch is also in talks to join the cast, while George Clooney will produce the much-anticipated project.
Fact: Actor Tommy Lee Jones will join Ewan McGregor as an honouree at Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival in September (12). The stars, along with director Oliver Stone, will receive the Donostia Award for their contributions to cinema.
Fact: Actor Ewan McGregor has joined social networking site Twitter.com and sent his first tweet from Korea, before posting, "I am getting used to sharing thoughts in small bites!"
Fact: Ewan McGregor's new TV series has been axed before it aired. HBO bosses have decided not to press on with the adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's bestseller The Corrections after checking out the pilot episode, which featured MCGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper and Dianne Weist as their parents.
Quote: "I'd like to see if he's put his money where his mouth is." Actor Ewan McGregor responds to comedian Louis C.K.'s remarks about performing oral sex on the Scottish star.
Quote: "I'm 41 at the end of the March... but I'm still sort of getting used to the idea of being 40... 40 was a big deal... There's a nice side to it though... In your 30s you think you're more sensible and you've got it more, and then in your 40s you realise that you were wrong then but now you are." Ewan McGregor weighs up being a 40-something.
Quote: "I have a sidecar... He slept in the car when I was tinkering with my bikes and then after a week of him sleeping in the sidecar... I got him goggles and he rides around, harnessed... and he rather likes it... You know dogs like their head out the window of the car? Well, a sidecar is like the ultimate that." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor loves to go biking with his pet pooch Sid.
Quote: "To be honest, I like to hear my kids swear. I say, 'Language!' to them when they do, but actually I think it's quite funny." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor rarely scolds his children for using bad words.
Quote: "Oh my God, it's so harrowing and beautifully done." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor was moved to tears by Angelina Jolie's directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Quote: "I want to say, 'Just don't bother. If you didn't like me in something keep it to yourself. Don't come across the street and put yourself out to tell me I was s**t in something. I don't want to know'. But people love to do that." Ewan McGregor has no time for armchair critics who approach him in public.
Quote: "I like the idea of being a sculptor. Just me alone, making something." Actor Ewan McGregor has a back-up profession in mind.
Fact: Actor Ewan McGregor has set his sights on U.S. TV after landing a role in upcoming HBO show The Corrections. The Big Fish star will play a dysfunctional family's young son, Chip, in the network's adaptation of the popular Jonathon Franzen novel.
Quote: "I don't watch Doctor Who at all. I've got no interest in it." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor insists he's not in the running to play Doctor Who in the upcoming big screen version of the cult British TV series.
Quote: "In my case, I've got two women and three girls. I've got a little baby girl who was born on 10 February. My middle two are nine, Esther and Jamiyan, and then Clara is 15. It's an interesting household." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is surrounded by females at home following the birth of his fourth daughter earlier this year (11).
Quote: "I met these guys in Soho who invited me back to their place to shoot up. And I was like, 'Um, well, I don't do that. I'm acting.' They were really offended and said with all the disdain they could muster, 'Well we're not acting mate. We've got real habits.'" Ewan McGregor's role as junkie Mark Renton in Trainspotting was so convincing, real-life drug addicts believed he was actually addicted.
Quote: "I have to ask my wife, 'Do I look like a c**k, or is this all right, the way I'm dressed?'. Because you don't want to be 'that guy', but you also don't want to listen to that voice either. I want to wear skinny jeans when I'm in my 70s. Why not? Who cares?" Ewan McGregor relies on his wife for fashion advice since turning 40 earlier this year (11).
Quote: "Then the alcoholic fog sort of cleared and I went, 'What are you doing?' Iggy Pop was sitting there going, 'Yeah, that's cool, man'. I didn't know what to do. It was so embarrassing." Ewan McGregor once did a drunken dance for rocker Iggy Pop, and immediately regretted it.
Quote: "Actors are professionals who have a job to do, and that job really shouldn't involve the public pointing fingers at us when we come out of the house on a Sunday morning in baggy clothes. Whole magazines are devoted to gawking at famous people in their normal lives, like we're some kind of collective freak show." Movie star Ewan McGregor despises the negative aspects of fame.
Quote: "I've had journalists ask me the most unbelievable prying, sexual questions, and the idea that I might actually answer them - what kind of madness is that?" Ewan McGregor on the crazy things he's asked when promoting movies.
Quote: "He thought the roller coasters were a good metaphor for falling in love. Just like a roller coaster, falling in love makes you feel exhilarated and nauseated at the same time. You never know what's coming next... and you don't want to eat afterwards." Ewan McGregor on taking a trip to California's Six Flags Magic Mountain to get to know Beginners co-star Melanie Laurent, at director Mike Mills' suggestion.
Fact: Ewan McGregor showed off his Star Wars expertise on U.K. TV on Friday (01Jul11) as he skillfully twirled a toy lightsaber on The Graham Norton Show. The actor admitted he had "spent months" learning to handle the prop while playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the sci-fi franchise.
Quote: "I loved working with him. He's talking about giving up after two more movies, which is quite a shame. He's so good." Ewan McGregor on working with moviemaker Steven Soderbergh on the new film Haywire.
Quote: "I like New York but don't care to bring up my kids in New York. I know they might wish to be here in a few years, but for now L.A.'s better." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is determined to keep his family in Los Angeles.
Quote: "Ewan showed everybody the ear-piercing and said, 'Look, it's amazing,' and everybody in the place turned and said, 'It's on the wrong side!' So he had to go back and get it redone." Jim Carrey on his I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS co-star Ewan McGregor's efforts to look gay at a Miami, Florida bar.
Quote: "I mean, look at the guy. I have to say, he is a great kisser." Comedian Jim Carrey praises his I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS co-star and onscreen love interest Ewan McGregor for his lip-locking skills.
Fact: Moulin Rouge! star Ewan McGregor is set to fly in a fighter aircraft with his pilot brother Colin to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He says, "(It's) a privilege to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who fought in the battle".
Quote: "I've spent a great many years being deeply, deeply in love with Princess Leia. There's still a part of my heart that is quite deeply in love with her, both as a character and an actress!" Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has always been fond of Carrie Fisher's princess.
Quote: "Shooting in Oxfordshire in the summer was great, but I slipped in a beautiful wedding dress and ruined it. I got covered in mud in front of the beautiful Ewan McGregor. There was no saving face." Maggie Gyllenhaal was left red-faced following a fall on the set of NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG.
Quote: "No they didn't. I mean, they probably spoke to everybody about it, but they never offered it to me." Ewan McGregor denies rumours he was approached by Bond movie producers to take over as the suave super-spy.
Quote: "I've known him for less than a year so I don't feel I should comment, it's none of my business." Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is refusing to pass judgement on THE GHOST WRITER director Roman Polanski's legal problems. The Polish filmmaker is currently under house arrest in Switzerland on an unlawful sex charge dating back to 1977.
Quote: "I quite enjoy watching it. People give it a bad rap (reputation) here but it's great." Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor is strangely fascinated by the curling events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
Quote: "I like kissing boys on screen. As a straight guy, it’s quite an interesting proposition. Anything on a film set that takes you by surprise like that, that gets your blood up, is good." Ewan McGregor likes testing his sexuality on film sets.
Quote: "I might go on my own. I got a dog, Sid. I've trained him to ride in my side car and I thought we could do a trip together." Ewan McGregor is considering another motorcycle adventure - with his dog as his sidekick.
Quote: "For a moment, he looked me in the face and I thought, 'Jeez. In this moment in life, I wanna f**k this guy.' Now, four years later, I don't want to." Funnyman LOUIS C.K. is over his crush on Ewan McGregor.
Quote: "When I was travelling in Mongolia, I ate a very small goat's testicles. They were in a stew, which makes it OK!" Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has eaten some weird local delicacies on his travels.
Quote: "Because I'm an actor I went all out. I went as Ozzy Osbourne. I did a lot of shuffles... People thought I was actually Ozzy Osbourne!" Scottish actor Ewan McGregor was so convincing in his Halloween costume as the Prince of Darkness last year (08), he fooled fans into thinking he was the real thing.
Fact: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Paris Hilton and Cindy Crawford were among the celebrities who joined 96,000 fans for U2's record-breaking concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday night (25Oct09).
Quote: "I get complimented for my bike riding more than my film work, which I'm not sure is a good thing." Ewan McGregor has become more famous for his motorbike trek documentaries than his filmmaking in his native Britain.
Quote: "I like it because it's a gay film, which is to say it's a film about two men in love... I also got to French kiss Jim Carrey a lot, and I quite like that too." Ewan McGregor on playing Carrey's lover in new movie I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS.
Quote: "I was hoping none of them would crack and decide it would be fun to murder me." Ewan McGregor on filming scenes for his new movie I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS at Louisiana's Angola prison with inmates as extras.
Quote: "I want to play more guitar. I'd like to spend more time in Kenya and Mongolia. I want to read Proust's Remembrance of Things Past." Ewan McGregor on his wish list.
Quote: "It's a form of torture. You sit in a room from 10 in the morning to 7.30 at night. I have a different journalist sitting in front of me every four minutes with 40 minutes off for lunch... the acting's really easy. That (the press) is the hard part." Actor Ewan McGregor on the pitfalls of movie promotion.
Quote: "Some of the cardinals are murdered, so I think it's a bit gruesome for the young ones. But I think my 13-year old will see it. She's excited about it." Actor Ewan McGregor is sure his teenage daughter Clara is grown up enough to see his controversial film ANGELS & DEMONS.
Fact: Star Wars alumni Carrie Fisher and Ewan McGregor teamed up on Monday night (26Jan09) to host a pre-Oscar party at the actress' Los Angeles area home for Sean Penn's hit film MILK. Guests included Mick Jagger, Helen Hunt and Melanie Griffith, and, from the cast, Penn, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch.
Quote: "I was so happy this year when that young kid from FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL got all the questions about his penis. I wanted to say, 'Thanks, mate. Now me and my penis can be moving on.'" Ewan McGregor is glad he can hand over the title of full-frontal movie star to U.S. funnyman Jason Segel.
Quote: "My kids see my penis every other day. It's not a big deal... People are hung up about nudity. We're embarrassed about it." Ewan McGregor will allow his children to watch his raunchy naked scenes.
Quote: "Even though a huge amount of the female population might think that snogging (kissing) Ewan McGregor is the best thing that might ever happen, for me it was not the most pleasant on-screen snog I've ever had. But at least I was his first." Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the same sex kiss he shared with his Velvet Goldmine co-star Ewan MCGregor in the 1998 movie.
Quote: "You only have what you can carry. There is something liberating about just having what you need, on your bike. A tent, a roll mat, a little bit of food, a bit of petrol in your tank, and a vague idea of where you're going." Ewan McGregor on the thrill of motorbiking from Scotland to South Africa for his LONG WAY DOWN TV series.
Quote: "I normally don't walk across the set in my underwear. EWAN was very conscious about the fact that I was in a vulnerable state... He went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable." Actress MAGGIE Q on wearing revealing see-through lingerie in a scene opposite Ewan McGregor in new thriller DECEPTION.
Quote: "I'm not inhibited to take my clothes off in movies, because I think movies are a reflection of life, and in life we are naked a lot of the time - at least I am" Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is a fan of being in the nude.
Quote: "I told my kids before I left for the show, 'Do as you're told and listen to your father, because he's an icon now!'" Scottish actor Ewan McGregor on receiving the Empire magazine film award for Empire Icon 2008.
Quote: "The only Woody Allen film I've seen is ANTZ, I thought he was great in that." Colin Farrell is far from star stuck of director WOODY ALLEN, who he worked with on forthcoming film CASSANDRA'S DREAM, alongside Ewan McGregor.
Quote: "I've been drunk enough. I've had my fair share. Now I have a stamp reading 'reformed scallywag' on my forehead." Scots actor Ewan McGregor takes a step back from his hard-drinking youth.
Fact: Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is hosting a Burns night supper in honour of the famed poet RABBIE BURNS in London tonight (25JAN07). Guests will include Sir Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter STELLA, Rod Stewart and his fiancee Penny Lancaster, and Hollywood actor Danny Glover.
Fact: To save costs on new BEATRIX POTTER biopic MISS POTTER, producers turned a cowshed on the Isle on Man into a film studio and cast members like Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor stayed in a hotel on the grounds of Sellafield nuclear power plant in the north east of England.
Fact: British actor Ewan McGregor has followed in the footsteps of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom by becoming the new face of the American Library. He appears on posters holding a copy of THE COMPLETE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER, a spin on his latest movie role in MISS POTTER.
Quote: "Getting 18-year-old girls to be naked and have sex in a movie is possibly damaging to their development. But, at the same time, I'm up for it." Ewan McGregor on movie love scenes.
Quote: "When they grow up I'm going to direct an epic so I don't have to see my little girls going out with nasty boys." Ewan McGregor worries about his daughters becoming teenagers.
Fact: The eldest brother of Hollywood star Ewan McGregor is flying dangerous pilot missions in Iraq. Royal Air Force squadron leader COLIN MCGREGOR, who is stationed near the southern city of Basra, is doing reconnaissance missions with the famous 617 Dambusters Tornado squad.
Quote: <p>"I will never forget the shape of my penis after I got three massive mosquito bites on it... It looked like a Twiglet." Ewan McGregor on the worst thing about his 2004 motorbike ride through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and North America, which was documented in the TV series LONG WAY ROUND. </p>