With the release of “Our Kind of Traitor” this week, we’re looking at the great career of Ewan McGregor. McGregor came to the public eye in the late 90s with his roles in “Trainspotting,” “Moulin Rouge!” and the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. Since then, McGregor has bounced around to various projects but has yet to receive an Oscar nod. We here at AwardsCircuit are pretty high on Mr. McGregor (in fact ACCA gave him a nod for Moulin Rouge!) so we want to see where the readers stand. What’s your favorite Ewan McGregor performance? I’ve listed my 3 to get started.
1. Big Fish
In what I believe is McGregor (and Tim Burton’s) best film, “Big Fish” is an amazing mix of heart, storytelling and fantasy. “Big Fish” remains one of my favorite love stories from the 2000s, and the whole thing works because of McGregor’s charm and charisma. He’s funny, he’s exciting, and even with the beautiful scenes showcasing Albert Finney, you want to see more McGregor. This may be the quintessential father son movie of its decade as well.
2. I Love You Philip Morris!
When I Saw Philip Morris, I really wasn’t expect much from the film. The Oscars had already passed and I thought that the lack of nominations was indicative of the film’s quality. Then I saw the film and I couldn’t believe that Carrey and McGregor were passed over. I’m not going to dispute that Carrey is the highlight of the movie, but I think McGregor’s performance is also really strong throughout. It’s tough to stand toe to toe with Carrey when he’s at his best, and McGregor thrived in this film.
I would argue this is his true breakout (he probably doesn’t get “Star Wars” without it). McGregor shows the ability to be serious, funny, and insane all the in same role. It’s probably his most well rounded performance, and it is one of his first.