A Minute With: "Beginners" star Ewan McGregor

Wed Jun 1, 2011 6:21am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has been in large and noisy films such as "Star Wars" and "Black Hawk Down" and small and quiet movies like "The Ghost Writer" and "Emma."

His new film, "Beginners" which will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday, is the latter kind. In the film a bewildered McGregor suddenly learns that his 75-year-old widower father, played by Christopher Plummer, is gay.

McGregor talked to Reuters about making the film, living in Los Angeles and why he got a dog.

Q: How would you describe this film?

A: "It's two stories, intertwined; the son coming to terms with his father's sexuality and death, and the love story between him and his new girlfriend."

Q: You must get a ton of scripts. Is it true you were pitched this on a ski lift?

A: "Yeah, it's written and directed by Mike Mills, who did 'Thumbsucker,' and I happened to share a ski lift with his agent who told me the story, which I just loved immediately."

Q: Is it also true that it's based on Mills' real-life father?   Continued...

<p>Scottish actor Ewan McGregor poses for pictures before a Boss Black line fashion show by German fashion house Boss at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 in Berlin, July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>