Getting into promotional mode ahead of the January 20th release of his new movie "Haywire," Ewan McGregor took over cover duties for the January 2012 issue of Nylon Guys.
The 40-year-old Scottish stud posed for a Marvin Scott Jarrett shot spread lining the magazine's pages while giving an in-depth interview touching on topics including his passion for motorcycles, bagpipes, and Lay’s potato chips.
With a video interview available in the player above, highlights from Ewan's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to check out Nylon Guys!
On his preference towards a casual style:
“I think people are so narrow-minded about a lot of things, especially fashion on the red carpet, that if you’re a man and you’re not wearing a suit and tie, then you didn’t really dress up. I like to find things that are different. I don’t want to look like everybody else necessarily, because I don’t really feel like everybody else.”
On the British Film Industry:
“I don’t feel any need to support it. I was always work in British stories because I am British and I’m drawn to them, but I don’t feel any special desire or need to make a British film every year because there were years when they didn’t support me, you know? We struggled like f**k to get Young Adam made, and we had me and Tilda Swinton and an amazing script and a talented young director. At that point I thought, I’ve spent my whole life working in Britain and rejecting American films… That’s when I realized we’re on our own. What really annoys me is during Oscar season, everyone gets really wrapped in that itle. Then it’s on the front pages; BRITS CLEAN UP AT THE OSCARS! And for one night we get really supportive of the British, but in actual fact, it’s more of a ‘stick it to the Americans’ sort of thing. It’s such hypocrisy; I find it so distasteful. I also don’t live there anymore, so I have no right to talk about it, really.”
On life at the homefront:
“My wife is my best friend, she’s the person I discuss everything with, so of course she’s hugely a part of my experience. But I wouldn’t like to read that my family has to be grounding me. I hate people writing things like that. Because at the same time, my work is still quite heady and wonderful and weird… I don’t live my life for my family, but we live our lives together.”
Emily Blunt on Ewan:
“Ewan and his toys! He has so many toys. The bikes and the Minis and the cars and the vans. Any time he can get a new toy, he will. It’s sort of this very endearing obsession that he has.” What was he into on set? “He bought tome bagpipes! I love that he was driving you around in his camper van. if it was anyone else than Ewan it might come across as a proposition, but because it’s Ewan…”
Gina Carano on Ewan:
“He’s just such a natural, beautiful person. It was really cool when we were [shooting] in Barcelona, I had been so used to working with some of the other actors, but Ewan’s presence is so natural, it’s almost intimidating. And he’s not a prima donna — he doesn’t require special treatment. Every time I think of Ewan, a big smile comes to my face because I’m just happy to know that somebody like that exists in the world.”