Ewan McGregor grabbed our attention in Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, then refused to let it go with the incredible Trainspotting. Since then he’s sung, he’s danced, he’s gone dramatic, seen the lighter side and his latest sees him acting with Pooh. So, as Christopher Robin hits home this week, we take a look back at five of our favourite movie appearances by the Scottish actor.
“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family…”
Oh, and choose a movie role that will really put your name on the map, in Danny Boyle’s tale of the less salubrious side of life in Edinburgh, and one heroin addict’s attempts to extricate himself from its thrall. It was all accompanied by a pretty top of-its-time soundtrack featuring the likes of Blur, Pulp, Underworld and, of course, the timeless Mr Iggy Pop, too.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
“The boy is dangerous. They all sense it, why can’t you?”
Stepping into the shoes of a classic actor is one thing, but when that classic actor’s role was as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars and you’re playing his young self then, well, no pressure! Yet McGregor took it in his stride, and was arguably the best casting call in the entire trilogy of prequels.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
McGregor got to camp out in Baz Luhrmann’s all-singing, all-dancing, all song title-dropping extravaganza. He also got to play with Nicole Kidman, and be involved in one of the more, erm, interesting takes on Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit to ever be received by ears.
Big Fish (2003)
“There are some fish that cannot be caught. It’s not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they’re just touched by something extra.”
The tour of big and slightly out-there directors continued, as McGregor worked with Tim Burton on this captivating tale of a son who’s desperately trying to sort the baloney from the truth in his dying father’s life history.
Christopher Robin (2018)
“What to do, what to do, what to do?”
McGregor becomes the grown up version of A.A. Milne’s Christopher Robin, but the days of carefree adventures with his plushy pals in the Hundred Acre Wood are long gone, with the pressures of adult life getting on top of him. Can reaquainting himself with Pooh help him find a balance? As we said in our original cinema review, Christopher Robin is an utter delight of a family film.