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Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ewan McGregor

Scottish actor, Ewan McGregor, was born on this day in 1971. McGregor, as you probably know, stars as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, episodes 1-3 [DVD STA].

My favorite of his films is Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger [DVD MIS]. It's the story of Beatrix Potter and her editor, Norman Warne. There's some romantic movie chemistry between the two stars. Very nice!

Another of his films that you can borrow is the little known British film about a brass band called Brassed Off [DVD BRA]. This film was released back in 1996 when McGregor was much younger. He's matured very nicely, I think!

Check our catalog for more McGregor films and you will also find that McGregor has co-written a book with fellow actor, Charley Boorman, about their adventures riding motorcyles around the world--Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows across the World [910.41 MCG]! It was an eventful trip--here's a passage narrated by Charley:
A mosquito bite had swollen into a massive lump stretching right across Ewan's forehead and on to the bridge of his nose, making him look like Neanderthal man with a huge, red, jutting brow. His arms were just as bad: puffy and red, the skin tight and sore around a string of mosquito bites.
Not my idea of a fun vacation!

Happy Birthday, Ewan, and many more!

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