Happy Birthday, Ewan! In honor of this Scottish actor’s special day, I’ve complied a list of my “Top 5 Greatest Ewan McGregor Films.” They are as follows…
5. “Trainspotting” (1996)
McGregor plays Renton, a drug addled low-life living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Make that a heroin addicted low-life, until Renton and his buddy Sick Boy decide to kick their nasty habit. In short, it’s a story of dealing with the pains of life and the choices we make.
4. “Big Fish” (2003)
Directed by Tim Burton, “Big Fish” traces the life of Edward Bloom, a dying man who is recounting his life to his son, Will. McGregor plays a young Bloom during flashbacks, putting all the pieces together for Will and making him realize the man his father really is.
3. “Down With Love” (2003)
McGregor stars as Catcher Block, a playboy journalist living in New York City during the 1960s. Renee Zellweger plays Barbara Novak, a down to earth woman thrust into the spotlight after her book, “Down With Love,” becomes a huge success. It’s a cutesy comedy reminiscent of something from the 60s, like “Pillow Talk.”
2. “Velvet Goldmine” (1998)
Co-starring Christian Bale and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “Velvet Goldmine”is a homage to glam rockers like David Bowie and Iggy Pop. McGregor stars as Curt Wild, a 70s rock star who seriously influences the career and lifestyle of Brian Slade (Rhys Meyers) during his own rock career. Ye be warned, there’s tons of glitter and Oscar Wilde quotes involved.
1. “Moulin Rouge” (2001)
Baz Luhrmann’s film is arguably McGregor’s most well-known role, so there’s no way I could leave it out. McGregor stars as Christian, a poet living in Paris who is in love with love. Christian meets and very quickly falls for Satine (Nicole Kidman), a beautiful courtesan who has dreams of becoming an actress. The film is all about the bohemian ideals: truth, beauty, freedom and love. It also shows off McGregor’s singing chops, which are pretty impressive. Check them out here:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."