Christopher Robin's Ewan McGregor: 5 best roles

Christopher Robin's Ewan McGregor: 5 best roles


Text: Rachel Chan

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From a talking candelabrum to a lightsaber-wielding Jedi, Ewan McGregor can play anything. With the teaser trailer release of Christopher Robin, we take a look at the actor's best roles

1. Christian in Moulin Rouge!
Filled with dancing, singing and pure opulence, the now 46-year-old played a depressed writer who fell in love with the star courtesan of Paris' Moulin Rouge. McGregor managed to beat Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio in scoring the role. Although he obtained his theatre chops in the beginning of his career, the actor still found it challenging. McGregor said in an interview: "I had never sung like I was expected to sing for Moulin Rouge!, where the singing was a part of the storytelling and not just part of the character."

2. Lumière in Beauty and the Beast
While he nailed the singing requirement thanks to Moulin Rouge!, the actor practically butchered Lumière's French accent? Though he was married to a French woman for 22 years, McGregor had to re-record the catchy song Lumière sings in the movie, Be Our Guest. He said: "I rather arrogantly thought I'd just be able to do this French accent without very much work, and when I tried to do it, I didn't do it very well. Also Disney wanted the full French sound, they didn't want the 'r' sound, so when you put an 'r' in a French accent it turns Spanish or Mexican."

 3. Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Google 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and be prepared scroll through a vast amount of memes and jokes about the Jedi Master who trained Darth Vader. Compared to the older, beloved version of Obi-Wan played by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy, the die-hard Star Wars fans mostly hated the characters in the prequel movies for its dialogue and storyline. The OBE recipient said in an interview: "I like the films that I made with George Lucas [director] and I'm happy to be part of the legend of it all, but that's it with me. I don't really understand the fanaticism about it."

4. Mark Renton in Trainspotting and T2 Trainspotting
Coming in at the 10th place in the Top 100 British films of the 20th century list, this particular role, where he played a heroin addict, was the one that catapulted McGregor to fame. When asked to reprise his role in the sequel, he was afraid that his Scottish accent would be long gone as he hasn't lived in Scotland since 17, but said: "Trainspotting was the Oasis of the film world, something quite amazing."

5. Alfred Jones in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, he played a fisheries expert tasked to advise a sheikh on how to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen. As much as we'd like to fantasise ourselves fishing with McGregor, this isn't a sport he'd like to try, but the spiritual aspect of it reminded him of his bike trips as a bike enthusiast. He said: "I like the outdoors nature of it, but it's a hunt of sorts — a battle of man against beast — and I don't have the desire, really, to catch a fish."

Catch the teaser trailer for Christopher Robin here.
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