Magazine article Screen International

Ewan McGregor on 'American Pastoral', Danny Boyle and Directing Again

Magazine article Screen International

Ewan McGregor on 'American Pastoral', Danny Boyle and Directing Again

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During this week's Zurich Film Festival, Ewan McGregor expressed regret over falling out with director Danny Boyle and said that shooting Trainspotting 2 together over the summer has healed old wounds. McGregor and Boyle fell out after Boyle cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach in 2000.

Speaking at the Zurich fest, where McGregor's directorial debut American Pastoral is screening and the actor will take part in a ZFF Master talk on Tuesday (Sept 27), McGregor said, "Danny and I didn't have any interaction for years, which is a shame. I do regret the years we didn't work together because I love working with him."

The actor has reprised his iconic role as Renton in Trainspotting 2, citing the quality of the screenplay as the main reason he agreed to return. "It was fun, it was good to be back with Danny," said McGregor.

Having made his directing debut on Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral, McGregor said he is eager to return to the director's chair. "It took me 15 years to find the right story to tell, I hope it doesn't take another 15 years to find the next one," he said at the ZFF press conference for the film. "I'd like to do something entirely different. …

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