Ewan McGregor: The gift that keeps giving

Ewan McGregor is the Hotness – the Scottish accent, the dirty look in his eyes, the crooked smile, the good heart. So here’s a retrospective of Ewan’s 2008, and what’s coming for him in 2009.

In 2008, Ewan starred with Michelle Williams twice – in the Hugh Jackman thriller Deception and the terrorism-drama Incendiary, two of the most poorly received films of the year. Despite professional setbacks, Ewan remained on as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and recently auctioned off his favorite motorcycle, with proceeds directed to UNICEF.

McGregor – a UNICEF Ambassador since 2004 – has donated his white Moto Guzzi California Vintage cycle to the charity to raise money for projects helping children around the world. The money raised from this auction will go to their Children’s Emergency Fund, which enables the organization to launch a response for children the moment a disaster strikes. Whether it is a flood, conflict or earthquake, UNICEF provides life-saving supplies such as health kits, food and shelter to children and families in need.

“It’s the first of its kind in this color and one of my favorite bikes,“ said the 37-year-old actor. “I collected this bike from the Moto Guzzi factory in Italy and rode it back to London. I’ve loved riding it ever since and I know that you will too. As a UNICEF Ambassador, I’ve been greatly privileged to visit a number of incredibly inspiring UNICEF projects and see the impact of its work on children and their families. You have the ability to help ensure that UNICEF continues its vital work protecting children when disasters occur. On behalf of UNICEF, thank you for your support.”

Earlier this year, McGregor joined Charley Boorman in a marathon motorcycle ride in Africa. The pair visited charity projects around the continent and raised over $621,000 at a charity dinner when they returned.

[From Look to the Stars]

Ewan McGregor has a slew of new films coming out in 2009. He joins Hillary Swank in Amelia and Daniel Craig in I, Lucifer. He also appears in Angels & Demons, the Ron Howard-directed follow-up to The DaVinci Code (which is weird because Dan Brown’s Demons came before DaVinci, but no matter), with Tom Hanks. Ewan will play the young priest, counsel to the murdered Pope. Best casting ever. After that, Ewan’s got a part in Men Who Stare At Goats, with George Clooney, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Goats is set in Iraq and centers on Bob Wilton (McGregor), a desperate reporter who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), who claims to be a former secret U.S. military psychic soldier who was re-activated post-9/11.

Goats chronicles the two men’s travels through Iraq and offers glimpses into the supposedly real secret Army unit tasked with creating soldiers with paranormal powers.

Bridges will play Bill Django, the founder of the psychic soldier program and Lyn’s mentor. Spacey will play Larry Hooper, a former psychic soldier who is running a prison camp in Iraq.

[From Buzzsugar]

The more I hear about Men Who Stare At Goats, the more I want to see it. But I have no idea if Ewan joined Clooney and Brad Pitt in giving himself an unfortunate moustache. But knowing Ewan, he could be the one actor to really pull off the look. Here’s hoping that Ewan keeps up the Hotness (and the charitable heart) throughout 2009

Picture note by Celebitchy: Here’s Ewan McGregor out in LA on 12/17/08. His facial hair looks pretty damn good. Credit: Fame and WENN

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  1. breederina says:

    I grow faint at the concept of Mr. McGregor and Mr. Owen in a film together. Or perhaps I would just spend the entire such movie whimpering. Now if Mr. Bridges has recovered some of his former hotness this one may do the trick while visions of Clive and Ewan dance in my head..

  2. voodoobetty says:

    Has anyone ever noticed in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace depending on how his face is positioned or the lighting he can look really handsome or like he ran face first in the the Number 27 on his way back from an all night pub crawl?

  3. KDRockstar says:

    He is all kinds of yumminess that I’d like to find in my stockings. And I’m not talking about the Christmas kind, either.

  4. Liz says:

    Absolutely voodoobetty, he is either completely hot or completely not–never anything in between. Just when I decide he no longer looks good he loses some bloat or does something and is amazing again.

    He seems to be one of the smarter and more interesting ones too.

    I think I want a motorcycle.

  5. Mairead says:

    Best post of the year!… well, best topic of the year anyway – LOL

    except for..

    with Tom Hanks. Ewan will play the young priest, counsel to the murdered Pope. Best casting ever.

    Surely thou taketh the expelled-water? Tom Hanks was woefully miscast in the first one – and this was a much weaker book, so I doubt it’ll be an improvement. Now, Ewan as Dr. Langdon, I could get behind *wink*

  6. geronimo says:

    He is yummy. Goats and I, Lucifer (reading this book at the moment – Daniel Craig & Ewan should be brilliant together) are the two really interesting ones for me (and sorry, have to agree with Mairead re Angels & Demons – The Da Vinci Code was too dire to have to sit through anything like that ever again.)

  7. KateNonymous says:

    Ewan would be a much better Robert Langdon. Can’t believe I never thought of that.

  8. Kaiser says:

    I thought Tom Hanks was well-cast, actually. His hair, on the other hand…

    DaVinci wasn’t a great movie, but I did enjoy that book more than Demons. Still, when I saw that Ewan was cast as the young priest, I jumped out of my skin.

    I stand by it. It *is* good casting.

  9. NotBlonde says:

    *sigh* Ewan…I’ve been totally infatuated with His Sexiness since Moulin Rouge and here he is still looking adorable almost 10 years later…

  10. A.J. says:

    Excuse me while I mop drool from my keyboard.

  11. Mairead says:

    *hands AJ a serious piece of super-absorbent cloth*

  12. Mairead says:

    We’re not going to argue over the McGregor Kaiser *wink*. Angels & Demons reads basically like the rough draft for the Da Vinci Code, And while it was an total page-turner, it was hardly a literary masterpiece.

    A&D is practically the same book, but more sloppy, with bigger plot holes. And considering I;m far more predisposed to be into that book more; I know the buildings referred to and 17th Century Baroque was one of my “things” (although i waaaaay prefer Borromini to Bernini), if I think it’s sloppy, it’s sloppy.

    I always thought that Jeff Goldblum would have been the perfect Langdon. Right age, and perfect combination of teh smexy and bookishness.
    Tom Hanks may be many things, but the thinking-woman’s-crumpet ain’t one of them. I would still say watch the film though – it’s one of those ones that is hilarious, but unintentionally so. (Jean Reno is still a legend though)

  13. Kaiser says:

    Mairead *hmmpfh* Dan Brown said (years ago) that he hoped Hanks would play Langdon – Brown was thinking of Hanks as he wrote the character. And you can tell. Langdon’s not really supposed to be bodice-ripping sexy, just kind of nerdy-smart and nice-guy type.

    But I don’t want to fight. I just want to look at teh McGregor.

  14. Mairead says:

    Dan Brown also thinks that the Priorie de Sion exists *imagine raspberry-blowing smiley*

    And definitely no fighting over the lovely Ewan. *smiliey smiliey*

  15. daisy424 says:

    Agree ladies, love them all. Mairead, I have to side with Kaiser on Tom Hanks (Didn’t like the hair either).

    Ewan; “The gift that keeps on giving, the Hotness – the Scottish accent, the dirty look in his eyes, the crooked smile, the good heart.”
    Perfectly stated Kaiser.
    I miss the icons also Mairead!

  16. Kaiser says:

    Thank you, Daisy. *smug emoticon*

  17. gg says:

    Back off! The juicy, yummy and downright chewable Ewan is MINE! I’m spreadin him on toast as we speak.

  18. Mairead says:

    @ gg… ZOMG SLUT!!!!

  19. NotBlonde says:

    LOL Mairead. I think if His Sexy Scottishness was anywhere near any of us we’d all swoon. And then tear his clothes off and have at him. 😛

  20. Trashaddict says:

    George Lucas could’ve upped the ante on the whole Star Wars series if he just made the triangle between Padme, Anakin and Obi-Wan real, instead of just suspected by Anakin. There is a logic about that idea that was already there earlier in the series when Leia described her mom as “sad”. Could’ve made it really funky if Luke was Anakin’s child and Leia was Obi-Wan’s!

  21. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Ewan is my number one crush and has been for more than 10 years now. He’s so incredible.

  22. Gifts user says:

    I’m still wearing sunglasses after his shining teeth in moulin rouge…