You Choose: Five Favorite Ewan McGregor Movies

It all began 20 years ago on an obscure British TV short called Family Style. Since then, Ewan McGregor has gone on to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars movies, belted out a few tunes in Moulin Rouge and Down With Love, survived Michael Bay's The Island and picked up two Golden Globe nominations along the way.

This weekend, McGregor will lead Jack and a royal army to rescue an imperiled princess in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer. With two decades worth of movies to fall back on, we thought we'd send you into the weekend by having you tell us what your five favorite McGregor movies are.

But first, here are our five favorite films:

Moulin Rouge

Playing a poet who falls for a beautiful courtesan, McGregor showed off his singing chops in Baz Luhrmann's stylish musical. McGregor wasn't the first choice for the film though. Other famous actors who were up for his role included Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.

 

Big Fish

Tim Burton puts a unique twist on the father-son movie genre in this dramatic fantasy that follows a son who relives the stories and myths his dying father has told him about his life. Acting chops aside, McGregor ended up getting the part when producers noticed he bore a striking resemblance to a young Albert Finney, who plays his father in the film.

 

Trainspotting

Danny Boyle's crime drama took us deep into the Edinburgh drug scene and follows a young man as he tries to clean up and get out despite the allure of drugs and the influence of his friends. Nominated for a best screenplay Oscar, McGregor underwent a strict diet of no alcohol or dairy to attain his character's body frame.

 

The Ghost Writer

Roman Polanski's slow-burning mystery was all the rage on the indie scene a couple years ago. McGregor plays the title character, a man who is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister. In doing so, he uncovers information that puts his life in danger. The film would have probably taken a completely different dynamic if the original Ghost Writer character, Nicolas Cage hadn't dropped out.

 

Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott took on the war movie genre with this Oscar-winning drama that co-starred Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana, among others. Picking up Oscars in sound and editing, the film not only marks the feature film debut of Tom Hardy, but is one of former president George W. Bush's favorite films of all-time.

So there you have it. Some of you might be saying, "What?! No Star Wars?!" It was certainly in the running but we gave honorable mentions to I Love You Phillip Morris, Beginners and The Island.

Now it's your turn! Pick your five favorite Ewan McGregor movie below and be sure to see Jack the Giant Slayer in theaters this weekend!

 

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