Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I'm Just a Sucker for Romance' Drama, Action, Sci-Fi - He's Tried It All. but There's One Genre Hollywood Heart-Throb and Sassy Scot Ewan McGregor Simply Can't Resist, as Susan Griffin Discovers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I'm Just a Sucker for Romance' Drama, Action, Sci-Fi - He's Tried It All. but There's One Genre Hollywood Heart-Throb and Sassy Scot Ewan McGregor Simply Can't Resist, as Susan Griffin Discovers

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ONCE upon a time, Ewan McGregor was renowned for heady (on-screen) displays of heroin addiction and full frontal nudity. But times are changing, it would seem.

The Scot's latest incarnation is an introverted and repressed fish scientist by the name of Dr Alfred Jones, in a big screen adaptation of the 2006 novel Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

Amid the big bangs and bulging biceps of the season's blockbusters, it could be considered a brave move to release a film with the words 'salmon fishing' in the title, but McGregor doesn't see it as a problem.

"I've only ever known it as that, so I don't see it as an odd title. I can't think what else it would be called," says the actor, wearing black jeans, T-shirt and biker jacket.

At 41, his boyish features are fuller, his hair is sleeked back rockabilly style and a stud earring twinkles in his right ear.

He's also very tanned, perhaps a by-product of now living in Los Angeles with his French wife Eve, their two biological daughters, Clara, 16, and Esther, 10, and two adopted daughters, Jamiyan, 10, and a one-year-old whose name is still not known to the media.

As expected, given the title, the film boasts shots of men wading through water with a fishing rod in hand, but there's a whole lot more to this contemporary fable.

"Really, it's a love story - a complicated love story - which is what I like," says McGregor.

"It has a very unusual plot and there's a certain amount of political satire in the film as well."

"Kristen [Scott Thomas] is just brilliant. She's got some of the best lines in the film, in any film really, and as the Prime Minister's PR woman, she's brutal - a real ball-breaker," he says with a grin.

When the book was published, it prompted one reviewer to comment: 'If you imagine The Office crossed with Yes, Minister, you may get an inkling of how very funny it is'.

It was the humour in the screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (of The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire fame) that attracted McGregor to the project. …

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