Those of an envious disposition should look away now. “You could say that life is good,” says Ewan McGregor. “In fact, I’m the luckiest man in the world. I have a lovely wife, four beautiful kids, and the best job you could imagine.”
Undoubtedly, the 40-year-old actor is at the top of his game. He has worked with great film directors, such as Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Woody Allen, and Roman Polanski; starred in big box-office hits, such as the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy and “Angels & Demons”; and retains the nerve and will to make smaller, more interesting films, such as “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” and “Incendiary.”
He is the most unassuming and affable actor you could care to meet -- a seriously respected leading man who, in his career so far, has shared onscreen kisses with Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, and Jim Carrey.
"I’m away from the wife and kids for long periods of time, and that’s hard. Really hard.”
“The funny thing is that I’ve never had a career plan,” he says. “In fact, I don’t know what one is. It’s just moved along at its own pace, and luckily everything has fallen into place. The only downside with my work is that I’m away from the wife and kids for long periods of time, and that’s hard. Really hard.”
That’s why McGregor, who has four daughters between 9 months and 15 years old with his wife Eve, is taking time off. He’s spent the past two years making films back to back, and by his own admission, he’s exhausted -- though not too exhausted to take time out to promote his new movie, “Perfect Sense,” directed by David Mackenzie, who directed him in “Young Adam.”
“You’ve got to do it,” he says. “If you do a movie, you want people to see it, and the only way is press.” Such is the actor’s lot.
In the movie, McGregor stars as Michael, the head chef of an upscale restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland. In the middle of a worldwide pandemic that prompts the loss of people’s senses one by one, Michael meets and falls in love with an epidemiologist, played by Eva Green. As a beautifully realized, poetic movie that suggests what might happen to any and all of us, it also makes you think -- and not all happy thoughts.
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