Ewan McGregor: Making blockbusters is tedious
Ewan McGregor has claimed that making blockbuster movies is "tedious".
The 45-year-old actor is no stranger to large studio productions having played Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 'Star Wars' prequels among other massive films, but he has revealed that he "can't stand" working on them because they take so much longer to make than smaller productions.
Speaking to Esquire magazine, he said: "Very big studio pictures are tedious to make. If you've got 80 people in your crew, as opposed to two or three, suddenly you're with all these massive f***ing egos walking around. All that takes up time and money, which is why they take five months to shoot. Everyone's quite happy if you come home having done a third of a scene. I can't stand it. As a Scottish working man, I'm like, 'F***ing get on with it.'"
The actor is reprising one of his most famous roles as Mark Renton in the 'Trainspotting' sequel 'T2: Trainspotting' directed by Danny Boyle.
And Ewan has revealed he feels most comfortable when he's working with 59-year-old filmmaker Danny, who he has collaborated with on several projects.
He said: "Danny was my first movie director and the most important of my life, because I was part of his filmmaking team for those three first movies. It was who I was. I thought, 'I'm Danny Boyle's actor.' "
Despite his lack of enthusiasm for large Hollywood productions, the 'Moulin Rouge!' actor has said that he believes it is important for his daughters, Clara, 20, Esther, 14, Jamyan, also 14, and five-year-old Anouk, to share in the "excitement" of what he does.
He said: I share the excitement of what I do with them. I don't pretend it's all 'ugh'. I make sure they know when I'm going off on a work trip that I'm going away to do something that I love. I would never dream of steering them away from it, because the truth is: If you want to do this, you're gonna do it."