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Ewan McGregor on ‘eye-opening’ fan mail and his changing relationship with fame

Ewan McGregor has described some of the fan mail he receives as “eye-opener” as he describes how his relationship with fame has changed.

He Scottish actor leads the cast of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, returning to the character as the Jedi Master he played in three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

The series, in which Hayden Christensen also reprises his role as corrupt Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker, begins 10 years after the events of the 2005 film Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.


Ewan McGregor appears on one of our British GQ covers, pictured by Ryan Pfluger

Appearing on the first of four British GQ covers dedicated to GQ Heroes, McGregor said: “There’s a lot of homoerotic Obi-Wan/Hayden (Christensen) fan art that gets sent to me over and over… it’s always an eye-opener.” It’s an opener.

“You open the envelope, you feel like you have to sign something, and you’re like, ‘F*****g hell!

McGregor also talked about collaborating with director Danny Boyle, the pair first working together in 1994’s Shallow Grave, before they reunited for 1996’s Trainspotting and again in 1997 for A Life Less Ordinary. Returns.

In 2017 Boyle spoke of his “great shame” over a 10-year fallout with McGregor, which caused him not to cast McGregor in his film The Beach, in which the leading role went to Leonardo DiCaprio.


Director Danny Boyle (center) with cast members Ewen Bremer, Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle during a photo call for the cast of T2 Trainspotting (Dominic Lipinski/PA) in London

But the pair buried the hat-trick and appeared on The Graham Norton Show, with Oscar-winning director Boyle saying: “I handled it so badly and I apologized to Evan. I’m too ashamed to explain it.” Its difficult.

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“He handled it with great grace and courage. Somebody asked him to give me an award for Slumdog Millionaire and he did and gave this wonderful speech and I was in tears backstage. I’m so grateful to him.” “

Speaking about his relationship with Boyle in the ’90s, McGregor told British GQ: “It was amazing to have Danny Boyle as an actor, comparing this relationship to a collaboration with American actor Martin Donovan and director Hal Hartley, who Donovan in half a dozen movies.

“I thought, I’m in for Danny. That’s who I am, and it made me feel great. Because I thought Danny Boyle was changing British cinema, and I was a part of it.


Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor at the Graham Norton Show in 2017 (Isabelle Infantes / PA)

McGregor and Boyle also teamed up for the 2017 film T2 Trainspotting, a follow-up to the groundbreaking 1996 hit, which also starred Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremer and Robert Carlyle.

The 51-year-old actor shared his love for the band Oasis and said of his relationship with fame: “I don’t feel like that guy anymore.

“I don’t have the same relationship with fame. It has to do with age and experience, also just a sense of what works and what doesn’t.

“At the time, there was a hedonistic side to my life that didn’t fit the rest of my life.”


Ewan McGregor appears on one of our British GQ covers and talks about his relationship with fame. Here he is portrayed by Ryan Pfluger

Writing in his editor’s letter, Adam Baidavi, British GQ’s head of editorial content and GQ’s deputy global editorial director, said: “Sometimes the heroism is louder. Sometimes the whispers are quieter. But I don’t believe that.” There is bravery without flaws.

“Valour is acting in spite of our shortcomings or protective instincts. A hero is simply an ordinary person who rises above himself.

“We have programmed our 2022 Heroes event – ​​and the pages of this issue – to be a killer cross-section of this new idea of ​​a hero.”

The July/August issue of British GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands from 28 June.

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