The role of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” movie franchise placed Ewan McGregor among the actors with the highest net worth in Hollywood.
Ewan McGregor – private life
With his red hair and deep blue eyes, Ewan McGregor is the real example of a proud Scottish. Although he has been in the US for years, this actor kept a characteristic accent from his motherland, which remains McGregor’s trademark. Ewan McGregor was born 41 years ago in a family of professors, in a small town of Perth in Scotland. As a kid, he had good conditions for education; he could attend any school he wanted. After finishing primary school, he started college in Crieff, which is where his family moved to. McGregor did not like school, so he quickly left his studies and started working as a stagehand at a local theater. Soon McGregor realized that acting was something he wanted to do, so he decided to continue his education in that direction. He moved to London where he enrolled in the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating in 1993, McGregor got his first role in the military series “Lipstick On Your Collar”, and his career began. As for his love life, this actor has been happily married for over 20 years with producer Eva Mavrakis. The two have two daughters together, and they adopted one of them from Mongolia. Lately, there were rumors that the actor and the producer had separated, and that McGregor had a relationship with a colleague from “Fargo,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Although these rumors weren’t confirmed, it was obvious that something wasn’t right with McGregor’s marriage.
Ewan McGregor – career and net worth
Producers noticed the young actor’s talent very soon. Shortly after the series, McGregor met producer Danny Boyle who engaged him in a supporting role in the film “Shallow Grave.” It’s was the beginning of their collaboration, as it would continue with the film “Trainspotting”, where Ewan McGregor made a very memorable role. Interesting is the fact that McGregor didn’t talk to Boyle for years, although he has starred in several of his movies. According to the media, McGregor was angry that Boyle chose Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in “The Beach.” After years of silence, they made up, and McGregor presented Boyle with the award for “Slumdog Millionaire.” They continued their collaboration, and this year, the Scottish actor and Boyle filmed “T2 Trainspotting”, a sequel to the cult drama with McGregor in the lead role. In 2002, McGregor decided to slightly change his acting direction. He tried his luck in musicals, and he got a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Moulin Rouge.” His current net worth is estimated at $35 million.
Ewan’s trademark role in the “Star Wars” movies
In 1999, there was a moment that was also a milestone in Ewan McGregor’s career. At the audition for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” he got the role of the young Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, which would mark his career. Considering the success of the entire Star Wars franchise, McGregor made a good move. He played the role in two more sequels, “Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” Critics around the world have positively assessed his acting, and the films achieved enormous commercial success. Like the original trilogy, this one was also directed by George Lucas and had a new team of actors, which proved to be a full hit. This trilogy is one of the rare examples when the remake achieves greater success than the original. Interestingly, McGregor’s uncle Denis Lawson starred in the original trilogy.
The Scottish actor’s new projects
It happened that after his success with the “Trainspotting” and “Star Wars” films, McGregor’s career stagnated. The list of films where he was considered for some of the roles but failed to get is impressive, and we will never find out why. Some of these roles are that of Robin in the “Batman Forever” movie, the lead role in “Ant-Man,” and Christian Bale stole his role in “American Psycho,” etc. You can agree that the list is quite long. Nevertheless, Ewan McGregor has landed a lot of remarkable roles. His latest movie projects are “Beauty and the Beast” and “T2 Trainspotting;” the latter allowed him to reprise the role of Mark Renton, a robber and heroin addict, in a continuous struggle to get a normal life. In “Beauty and the Beast,” Ewan McGregor is unrecognizable. In this movie, McGregor landed the role of Lumiere, the servant that was turned into a candelabra, and the change was so good that the viewers were not able to recognize him, neither in the form of a candle nor in his human form. The film was a tremendous success at the box office and was one of the most anticipated this year. The actor has been highly rewarded, the latest one being the Golden Globe nomination for the role in “Fargo.” Prior to that, McGregor was nominated for the roles in “Moulin Rouge” and “Salmon Fishing In Yemen.” After that, his net worth increased and, hopefully, it will be the same case now. Perhaps McGregor can finally win the Golden Globe.