Ewan McGregor discussed blockbuster movies, why he currently sports a mustache and hopefully making more movies with his daughter Clara during a press conference Sunday at the 57th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for the Emma Westenberg-directed film. You sing loud, I sing louderin which the McGregors star opposite each other.
The daughter and father duo predicted more collaborations on Sunday. You sing loud, I sing louder premiered on South by Southwest. It is a road trip drama, inspired by the real life stories of the father and daughter duo. Clara co-wrote the script with Vera Bulder and Ruby Caster. “I’m anticipating a lot of roles being written for me,” Ewan McGregor told reporters. “It’s a very good way to support your elderly father at work.”
Since the actor has moved between bigger and smaller indie films throughout his career, he could also shed some light on some of the talent gaps. “Some of the biggest action movies are slow,” he said. “It’s a stamina exercise to keep your performance and performance where you want it to be.” After all, action sequences are often shot in “little moments,” whereas for a smaller movie “when you have a camera following you for three minutes, it’s easier to get lost in it.” He shared that “I was still always trying to find this feeling in my work. I want it to feel real and true.”
When asked about moving between small independent films and big studio projects, McGregor said: “If you’re working on an action sequence, it’s [made in] little moments. When you have a camera following you for three minutes [on a smaller film]it’s easier to get lost in it.
He also shared information about his current facial hair. McGregor has been filming the Paramount+ miniseries A gentleman in Moscow, which he is also producing, in Manchester since the beginning of the year, with “another month to go”, he said in an update on his progress. Based on a novel by Amor Towles, the series features McGregor as a nobleman confined to a hotel room after the Russian Revolution.
His current mustache is for this role, but it has changed over the course of filming, McGregor noted. “This is my oldest and smallest mustache,” he explained. “At first [my character] he has a big, monstrous, curly one. McGregor concluded: “You’re seeing the bright side of this.”
On Saturday night, the big event of Czech cinema celebrated the Scottish star with its President’s Award. When McGregor received the statue, he told the Karlovy Vary festival crowd after receiving a raucous welcome: “I’m very lucky to do what I love and I love what I do.”
The 57th edition of the festival will run until July 8, with a jury that includes Patricia Clarkson.