Thursday, March 31, 2011

Birthday Boy: Ewan McGregor

Before talking about anything else, can we all just reflect that Ewan McGregor is turning 40 years old? I mean that's just crazy talk. He's been working quite consistently for the past two decades racking up 37 non-animated features and a few more on tap for later this year. Out of those films, I've seen nearly half with 18 films.

My absolute favorite performance of his was that of the penniless writer and romantic Christian in the magnificent film Moulin Rouge. Of course this begs the question, why hasn't he done a follow-up musical? I mean really now, Hollywood, give this man a musical, preferably reuniting him with Nicole Kidman who I would also like to hear sing again. No, her performance in Nine doesn't count.

My three favorite McGregor performances

Renton in Trainspotting and Curt Wild in Velvet Goldmine are two of my other favorite roles of his. Both roles was totally in Ewan's wheelhouse of manic and crazy characters not afraid of some frontal nudity for which this fan was thankful for. Last year I saw both The Ghost Writer and I Love Your Phillip Morris, though in both he played the more subdued character reacting to the manic-ness and craziness of others.

Next up for the totally over-the-hill Scotsman is Beginners, a quirky drama in which his finds himself conversing with an adorable puppy as well as finding out that his dying father is gay. I'm excited to see the film mostly because Ewan looks like he's 10 years younger, which is just, you know, not fair at all.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you finally got your own tribute, Ryan! Ewan is soooo youthful looking it's ridiculous, I mean he'd pass as a freshman in college! The other Scot I love, Gerry Butler, doesn't age as well as he, but I still love the guy. In fact, it's his imperfections that make me like him more :D


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