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Ewan on new film, nudity, Star Wars

Ewan McGregor has a film coming out, and thus he was on NPR the other day. You can listen to the segment (Or not: NPR provides a transcript,) but here’s some of what he had to say about working on the prequels:

“When I got closer and closer to being cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi, I did question whether it was the right thing for me. Up until that point, I’d been involved in mainly low-budget independent films … and I felt like being part of the [indie British filmmaking] team was my identity as an actor … I didn’t think that ‘Star Wars’ was quite who I was or what I was about. However, the closer I got, the more I wanted to do it … I’m very happy with the work I did in ‘Star Wars’ … I’ve always been quite open with the fact that they were technically quite difficult to make. There’s a lot of green screen and blue screen, and for the actor, there’s very often not another actor to act with — so you were playing to a tennis ball on a stick or a piece of tape on a green curtain, and that’s just not easy. That becomes a very technical exercise.”

Video: Ewan says nude scenes are “a feminist thing”

Ewan McGregor (with beard!) was on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to promote The Men Who Stare At Goats, where he talked about his proclivity for being naked on film. (via)

Meanwhile, io9 says that The Men Who Stare At Goats “echoes the original Star Wars trilogy.” Though shouldn’t Charlie Jane Anders (or her copy editor) know better by now than to use the term ‘Jedis?’

Question: What are the most common grammatical/factual errors you see in media coverage and discussion of Star Wars? Answer here or on Twitter.

Wacky merchandise: Lightsaber laser pointers

TFN spotted this amusing novelty product at – where else? – Thinkgeek. Taunt your pets and coworkers with them for a mere $14.99.

In less wacky and far more pricey lightsaber news, a Master Replicas saber signed by George Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Nick Gillard is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Drive-by movie news: Kilted men pandering soon to a theatre near you

fanboys posterLadies and gentlemen, the Fanboys movie poster. Mmm… derivative! And not in the good way.

A Long Way…to your movie theater

Many of you probably remember when Ewan McGregor and his pal, Charlie Boorman, decided to take a trip around the world on motorcycle right around the time Episode III came out.  Long Way ‘Round ended up being very popular with even people who aren’t Star Wars geeks.

They had so much fun that they did it again last year, but the other way ’round.

It’s finally make its way to the US on August 2nd, on Fox Reality Channel.  But you can catch a special, one-night only, HD movie theater cut on July 31st in theaters all over the US.  I’m sure it’ll be breath-taking (and not just for the Wantons who drool over Ewan).

Thanks to Trace for the heads up!

In the news: Monday morning reading list

  • Cloverfield smashes January box office records, including the one held by the ANH Special Edition.

  • Lightsaber named top movie weapon in 20th Century Fox poll. (Huh.) The Death Star and Indiana Jones’ whip also made the list, and Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones are among the favorite weapon-wielding heroes.
  • Skywalker Sound up for BAFTA for There Will Be Blood.
  • AICN has a report from the cancer-free Fanboys.
  • Ewan McGregor claiming Trainspotting had more influence than Star Wars prequels. On his career, perhaps.

Friday morning reading list

NEWS

LISTS & THE LIKE

PASSING REFERENCES

PEOPLE

THE LAST WORD

Long Way Down book released in UK

The book detailing Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s epic journey from John O’Groats, Scotland to Cape Agulhas, South Africa has been released in the United Kingdom. The going rate on Amazon.co.uk is £10.

Amazon.ca is showing an October 30 release date and wants $28 CDN for it.

Amazon in the U.S. has no listing for it at all.

The Amazon UK site is also taking pre-orders for a 3 December DVD release of the television series. Rumour has it the series will air on BBC 2 in the UK starting on October 28.