Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank Celebrate 'Amelia' Premiere

'She had a writer's soul,' Richard Gere says of legendary pilot Amelia Earhart.

NEW YORK — Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank and Richard Gere all stepped out on Tuesday night to celebrate the New York premiere of "Amelia," their lavish biopic about legendary pilot Amelia Earhart.

"Well, I think Amelia was one of those women who made no apologies for living her life the way she wanted," Swank told the press on the red carpet. "She certainly was ahead of her time, but even if she were living today, it's a great lesson in how to live your life and certainly a reminder to me."

Gere also gushed about Earhart's contributions to history and pop culture, noting that the pilot, who disappeared in 1937 while crossing the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to fly around the world, left a mark on the life of his character, George Putnam. "She was a writer, and it's what got Putnam interested in her," he explained. "There were a lot of other women pilots who were better than her and could have had that initial job. She wasn't the best flyer. She was kind of quirky-looking, but she had a mind, she had a heart. She had a writer's soul."

McGregor, however, said he chose to do the project because it gave him the chance to finally work with Swank. "I've been friends with Hilary for a while, and I've always loved what she did," he said. "She's an extraordinary actress, so I wanted to work with her, really. We'd been hoping that a script would come along, and this one cropped up while I was working in another film. But they managed to shuffle the days around."

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