Star Wars’ Ewan McGregor left Danny Boyle ‘in tears’ after 10-year feud

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Tomorrow Scottish actor Ewan turns 50-years-old on March 31, 2021. The star has had an incredible career, working as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, and with directors including Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. He first started out working almost exclusively with director Danny, however, who cast Ewan as the lead in his first three movies. In 1994 Ewan played Alex Law in Shallow Grave and later played Robert Lewis in A Life Less Ordinary in 1997. Ewan also took on the legendary role of Mark Renton in 1996 drug-fuelled drama Trainspotting. The film received two nominations at the British Academy Film Awards, one for Best British Film and another for Best Adapted Screenplay, which it won. Trainspotting was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.



In 1999 Danny began work on his fourth movie, The Beach, an adaptation of the Alex Garland novel. 

When he started casting for his new film, however, he decided against putting Ewan in it, and instead opted for Titanic actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

This decision sparked a feud between Ewan and Danny which spanned ten years.

Opening up about the feud and subsequent make-up, the pair spoke candidly on The Graham Norton Show in 2017.

Ewan began: “It’s a big regret of mine that it went on for so very long. It’s a shame we didn’t work together all those years.”

Going into further detail about what happened, Ewan said: “It wasn’t about The Beach, it was about our friendship.

“I felt I was in Danny’s first three movies… and then I wasn’t in his fourth and it made me a bit rudderless, really.

“I didn’t quite get it and, yeah, we didn’t speak for a long time, which was a waste and a shame.”

Danny revealed the feud started when he invited Ewan to lunch to break the news to him.

He said: “I handled it very, very badly, and I’ve apologised to Ewan. I felt a great shame about it.

“It’s one of the things, weirdly, the film is about – trying to express emotions. And I felt a great shame about it, really. I was not proud of the way I handled it.”

Turning to Ewan on the sofa, Danny added: “He handled it with enormous grace and courage, actually.”

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The pals’ relationship began mending in 2009 after Danny had created Slumdog Millionaire.

During award season the film picked up a number of gongs, one of which was presented to Danny by Ewan.

The director said: “They didn’t tell me, but someone asked him to present an award to me for Slumdog Millionaire.

“And he did it and made this amazing speech and I was in tears backstage. I was like: ‘Oh god!’”

Holding back tears, Danny smiled at Ewan and added: “I’m very grateful to him.”

Danny and Ewan reunited on-screen again in 2017 with the release of the sequel to Trainspotting, T2: Trainspotting.

The film was a success, grossing over £42 million at the box office, on an £18 million budget.

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