Last night I was watching the screener of a movie that's out this upcoming weekend which co-stars Jonny Lee Miller, and it only took about five seconds upon seeing him for my brain to trail off to Trainspotting and his friendship with Ewan McGregor -- speaking of yelling "Make out!" at the screen! I might have strained my larynx the first time I saw those two sitting side by side on a couch. But then that's the sort of energy that Ewan's brought to film-screens opposite every single person, place, and thing, for nearly 30 straight years, isn't it? Well today's his 50th birthday (I know, how even) and so we're gonna celebrate some of those performances now...
My 5 Favorite Ewan Performances
Renton, Trainspotting (1996)
"You see if you ask me we're heterosexual by default, not by decision. It's just a question of who you fancy. It's all about aesthetics and it's fuck all to do with morality."
Curt Wild, Velvet Goldmine (1998)
"The world is changed because you are made ofivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history."
Christian, Moulin Rouge! (2001)
"... What I really meanYours are the sweetest eyesI've ever seen"
Phillip Morris, I Love You, Phillip Morris (2009)
"Enough romance. Let's fuck!"
Oliver, Beginners (2010)
"Rabbit. What is real? Does it hurt? Horse. Sometimes Rabbit. Does it happen all at once Horse. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes dropped out and you get a loose in the joints. But these things don't matter at all, because you are Real and you can't be ugly except to people who don't understand."
Runners-up: The Ghost Writer, The Impossible,
Fargo, Shallow Grave, Down With Love