Ewan McGregor in Out Mag: “I like kissing boys on screen”


My love affair with Ewan McGregor has been going on for years and years. Of course, I always based my love of Ewan on the idea that he was different from other men – the naughty-boy vibe combined with the genuinely evolved feminist. The guy who adores women, who treats you with respect, but still wants to spank you. Ewan is so that guy. But things changed for me a little when I saw the photos of a very married Ewan walking hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm with Melanie Laurent. Maybe it’s none of my business (it’s not), maybe his wife Eve knows (maybe), or maybe Ewan was never the guy I thought he was.

Here’s the thing though – this new interview with Ewan in the March issue of Out Magazine has made me love him all over again! Ewan is not just doing the lip-service “I’m a friend to the ghey” boilerplate political speech. He’s promoting I Love You Phillip Morris, and Ewan is giving Out readers what they really want – he’s talks about how much he likes to get naked, what it’s like getting naked all the time, and what it was like to kiss Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Swoon! The article starts off with a charming anecdote about Ewan’s “sand-colored poodle mutt” named Sydney. Who knew? The full Out piece is here, and here are some highlights:

On getting naked: “I always try not to limit myself in all respects. Sexuality is just one of them. I could understand saying ‘I would never do gratuitous nudity.’ Wait. No. I probably would. I’d probably be quite happy to.”

On I Love You Phillip Morris: “At Sundance everyone assumed it would be snapped up,” says McGregor, “but it wasn’t.” Perhaps one reason is that the central character is an unlovable (or uneasily loved) sociopathic scammer. But a more likely reason is that in cells, on bunks, on boats, before sunsets, after sunsets, on divans, over ottomans, without panning away or dissolving to white, the two men kiss, fondle, f-ck, blow, suck, hold hands, dance, murmur, and eye. In short, they act like lovers do, and, because both Morris and Russell are openly gay men and their gayness seems not to trouble them in the slightest, this is a dicey commercial proposition. “There was talk,” says McGregor, “that Disney fended off the release until after A Christmas Carol came out. They didn’t want kids thinking [Carrey’s] Ebenezer Scrooge was a bender.”

About that fellatio scene: When it appears on American screens, I Love You Phillip Morris will be, to some extent, down-gayed. (Or perhaps it’s ungayed, degayed, or less-gayed.) As part of a bid to find U.S. distribution, the film has been recut, leaving out some of the gayest moments. After a rather touching episode of Florida Key fellatio, for example, Morris spits over the side of the boat into the Atlantic Ocean. “There were two alternatives,” explains McGregor. “There was the spit, and there was a really nice slow swallow, where I look at him and just do a loud swallow. I really like that one, but I guess they went for the more obvious spit over the side.”

Seriously, it‘s a gay movie: “I’m very keen that it’s a gay movie,” McGregor insists. “There was quite a lot of talk at Sundance that ‘Well, it’s not a gay movie. It’s a film about guys who happen to be gay.’ And I was thinking, it’s nothing but a gay movie. It’s about a gay couple, about a man’s sexuality, and he comes out. It’s not the point of the film, but let’s not pretend it’s not a gay film.”

Ewan on his first bisexual character: “The first bisexual character I played was in [1996’s] The Pillow Book. There’s tons of sex in that film. We didn’t even bother putting clothes on between scenes. I had quite a full-on sex scene with a 75-year-old Japanese guy,” he recalls. “We’re kissing, and I remember going, He’s got a mustache and that’s kind of weird. Oh! That’s definitely a scrotum. That’s odd.”

What Out Mag deems “the most satisfying gay kiss ever committed to film” between Ewan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Velvet Goldmine: “I remember when I kissed Johnny,” says McGregor. “It was just a rush at the end of the day. It was just an electrical moment, because you look around and some of the British electrician guys — who are all mainly closeted homosexuals, I think — were sitting around going ‘F-ck, no.’ But I like kissing boys on screen. As a straight guy, it’s quite an interesting proposition. Anything on a film set that takes you by surprise like that, that gets your blood up, is good.”

Ewan prefers his artsy films: “When it gets to the top end, they’re really reluctant to step out of any box, which is why the movies become very bland. When people come up to talk about a movie like Velvet Goldmine, it’s much more interesting than talking about, for instance, Angels & Demons.”

Ewan doesn‘t judge: “I’m always interested in playing different people, in different situations. It doesn’t matter to me whether someone is in love with a man or a woman. I find the idea of love and romance interesting. I’m a sucker for it. I like playing someone who’s falling in love because I like the sensation of it.” He pauses to give Syd an affectionate pat. “People do extraordinary things when they’re falling in love.”

[From Out Magazine]

Sigh… yes, I love him. He’s dirty and Scottish and sexy and crazy and lovely. At this point, I can’t even care that he’s screwing around on his wife. I just wish it was with me. By the way, whose gay fantasy was this photo shoot? “Hey, let’s get Ewan McGregor and… we’ll put some mud on him and…oh…God…” Which sums up how I feel about it too. I like him dirty. It makes me think about what he’d look like in the shower…


Out Magazine photos courtesy of Out online. Cover courtesy of CoverAwards.

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  1. Snarf says:

    It’s been long rumoured that mcGregor and his wife have an open relationship. Lots of people do and it works well for them, but since it threatens many of the “mini-van majority” or soccer-mom brigade, they try to keep it on the down low. And yes I mean both of them.

  2. Roma says:

    And this makes me feel better about myself. I’ve always had a thing for guys who kiss guys… as long as they’re not Perez Hilton.

  3. Cea says:

    Ewan is probably gay. That’s why he has an open marriage. He looks like a poor man’s Kurt Cobain.

  4. 88Modesty88 says:

    Yes, much love for Ewan!

  5. GatsbyGal says:

    I Love You Phillip Morris is going to be cut for US audiences? NOOOO!! I wanted to see all the super hot gay bits. This makes me really sad. I’ll have to grab up the “unrated” version that will hopefully get released in stores.

  6. Zebra Hat says:

    To each their own and all, but I don’t understand why so many women think men getting it on with men is hot. I mean, I am all for gay rights and wish gay people all the happiness in the world, but I just cannot find it hot. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have PDA or whatever, because why shouldn’t they be able to express their love just like anyone else, but I just don’t get the attraction that so many women have to man on man interactions. What exactly is hot about it, can someone please enlighten me? I’m not trying to be mean or anything, I’m just genuinely curious here.

  7. Madelyn Rose says:

    Great article, thanks for the recap and the post! I love Ewan, and have loved him since Trainspotting. I think he and his wife do have an open relationship, so I am not going to judge the photos of him with Luarent. I’ve always thought that he and Nicole fell in love while filming Moulin Rouge.

  8. embertine says:

    ZH, it’s simple mathematics:
    1 hot guy = good
    2 hot guys = double good
    2 hot guys getting it on = double plus good

  9. princess pea says:


    Actually, all diritied up like this, he looks very young Sting. Which also works for me. So rawr again. And I think it’s hot how openly he talks about this sexuality stuff that makes so many, many men uncomfortable. And that he’s not afraid to like kissing boys – it does NOT mean he’s gay, but it does mean that he’s secure in himself.

    @ Zebra Hat – Are you similarly mystified by the way that the majority of men find girl-on-girl action so hot?

  10. Cea says:

    Zebrahat: You’re not alone, I can’t stand watching gay men get it on. But, I do totally support gay rights. I just don’t like looking at it. I can’t understand men’s fasination with girl on girl action either.

  11. Beck says:

    Zebra Hat, I don’t get it either. But, live and let live…

  12. Cea says:

    He sucks if he really is cheating on his wife. I do actually have a major crush on him, but my opinion has gone down since that came out. Love him and the Late Kurt Cobain.

  13. Obvious says:

    <3 love love love love. i am going to see about getting the uncut from china in a couple months when i have friends going. and hopefully they can find the British version. Brits are always so much more fun than us Prude Americans.

    That being said I believe this photoshoot was one of my fantasies.

  14. Jess says:

    I can’t wait for that movie! And embertime has the math exactly right!

  15. gg says:

    I’m sorry. But a guy I find extremely hot because he’s not gay, I am not going to find any joy in watching that guy slurp on men, or talk about it.
    BLEHA and HOIK! :P

  16. Kelbees says:

    @ GatsbyGal

    Completely agree! Think I’m gonna look for a list of the movies he’s in where he’s with other boys, then just…watch them. I’m a perv, so sue me.

  17. Samantha says:

    I don’t like watching two men or two women going at it. Nothing against gays but its just not my cup o’ tea. Hell, I don’t care much to watch a man and a woman going at it.

  18. Zebra Hat says:

    princess pea-

    Yes I am. But like Samantha, I don’t really want to see anyone, gay straight or whatever, making out. It just doesn’t do anything for me, that’s all.

  19. girl says:

    I really hope that if he is “messing around” it is in the context of an open relationship so that feelings aren’t getting hurt. I seriously hope people dont’ make it a problem to his children.

    If you’ve never seen “‘Long Way Around” and you love Ewan, I highly recommend it. Essentially he and a friend (with a bit of a road crew, understandably) go from London to New York on motorcycles via Europe, Asia, North American, etc. hence the title.

    It is a series but it is well worth the watch. He just seems like such an interesting person. I think this might be when he first met the child that he and his wife later adopted but I am not sure.

  20. Emily says:

    Mmm, it’s times like these I love being Australian. Or, at least not living in the US. One of my housemates is American, and every now and then when we’re watching something, she’ll go “OMG they totally didn’t show that in the states!”

    I love this interview. And I’m also firmly in the “I think they have an open relationship” camp. Which, good for them. Not sure if I could do it, but it’s all good if it’s working for them.

  21. GatsbyGal says:

    @Emily – Yeah, except that you Australians have really shitty video games laws. I’ll take my unedited videogames over unedited movies anyday. Heck, there are a lot of games that y’all don’t even get because your censors demand that so much get changed.

  22. Sami says:

    It’s not even me disliking the whole gay-guys-on-screen thing (believe me, I am an avid supporter for gay rights). For me, I don’t really like watching any sex scenes, and the more graphic ones just gross me out. The scenes in Knocked Up made me cringe… and it wasn’t just because it was Seth Rogen.

  23. Emily says:

    @GatsbyGal, oh, I know. It’s fucking ridiculous! When San Andreas came out, it got banned when people found out you could have sex in the game. Apparently, sex is much worse than running over hookers and killing cops with chainsaws.

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