Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A McGregor McDouble
'Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley actually seems interested in making the famously physically confident McGregor uncomfortable in his own skin, and the man on display in the season premiere is much more vulnerable than the typical McGregor character.'
Ewan McGregor is no stranger to being naked on film. He has had nude scenes in over a dozen movies, at least four of which included frontal. It was interesting then to read the talented actor was a bit self unconscious about his bathtub scene in last week's season premier of Fargo. In the shows third season, McGregor plays brothers, the successful, and thinner, Emmett Stussy, and his down on his luck brother Ray.
Velvet Goldmine 1998
After filming Trainspotting 2, co-star Jonny Lee Miller urged Ewan to start running and the Scottish actor says he reached the best shape of his life. But Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley wanted wanted him to pack the pounds back on to play Ray, and get naked to boot. It wasn't getting naked that bothered him, but in the past, when he was due to get naked on screen, Ewan would get his body ready in order to look his best on film. For Fargo, the nude scene was more about showing Ray at his worst, something it took Ewan a minute to get his head around.
Regardless of the prosthetic, wig and the extra pounds, almost 20 years after his daring nude scene in Velvet Goldmine, Ewan's backside is still an attention grabber. Fargo always manages to write incredible characters and am looking forward to the McGregor McDouble, the rest of the season.