Ewan McGregor tells how Terry Gilliam shook him up: ‘Where did the guy from Trainspotting go?’

Ewan McGregor recounts how Terry Gilliam shook him up: "Where did the guy from Trainspotting go?"
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In 2010, the Obi-Wan Kenobi star nearly starred in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

As fans eagerly await the end of the first season ofObi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, the main actor of the series, Ewan McGregortell to QG having had his suspenders pulled up by terry gilliam. Following the abandonment of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote because of multiple problems that occurred on the set with Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort, the director of Brazil wanted to relaunch this project with Ewan McGregor, in 2010. He finally released it in 2019 with Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce in the main roles.

At the time, Gilliam had been very frank with the actor, considering that he was a gifted actor, but who had been making bad career choices for a few years. “He told me : ‘F***, what have you been doing all this time? You were underplayed, no matter the role. Where did the guy from Trainspotting go? What happened to him ?’ It was tough, but it’s rare for someone to challenge you like that, and it stuck with me.”

Finally, this version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote fell in the water. The same year, Ewan McGregor starred inI Love You Phillip Morris and The Ghost Writertwo works that received good reviews, then he continued with The Impossiblethe spectacular drama about a family separated by a tsunami, by Juan Antonio Bayona, but also Jack and the Giant Slayer, by Bryan Singer, a forgettable blockbuster. He then chained a few flops (Jane Got a Gun, Charlie Mortdecai, The Last Days in the Desert…) before reuniting with Danny Boyle for the sequel to Trainspottingin 2017. The same year, he was acclaimed for his dual role in season 3 of the series Fargo.

In the press, Terry Gilliam justified his desire to work with Ewan McGregor 12 years ago as follows: “There’s a lot of color in Ewan’s game, but he hasn’t shown it much lately. It’s time for him to shine again. He has a great sense of humor and he’s a great actor. He’s wonderfully childish and can be charming. The moment he smiles, everyone melts. He uses that like a nuclear bomb.”

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