He's got two movies opening in almost as many weeks: Amelia on Friday, in which he plays a onetime lover of the adventurous aviatrix Earhart, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which he's a journalist uncovering the secret stories of America's psychic warriors. That's Ewan McGregor: all over the place, from historical dramas to modern comedies. And his filmography is chock full of similar wide swings.
Down With Love
As good as McGregor is at playing the dork, he's even more charming as the suave ladies' man, as in this kooky comedy sending up 1960s romantic fantasies and the 2000's idea of feminism, too.
McGregor has cemented a place for himself in cinema history with the notorious toilet-diving scene, but his fearless performance throughout this hilarious and gruesome film may be his most daring, most startling work, even more than a decade later.
This bitter black comedy -- about a suitcase full of money that three Edinburgh roommates come to blows over -- is one of the great underrated films of the 1990s.
This ickily disturbing fantasy gives us robots who long to be human, for reasons that are entirely inexplicable. At least McGregor can beg off taking blame for this one by noting that it's only his voice up there on the screen.
McGregor's impersonation of Alec Guinness never falters, but -- ugh -- the terrible stiltedness of Anakin Skywalker's descent into Darth Vader-hood is cringe-worthy ... and McGregor can only stand by and watch.
Honestly? I haven't actually seen this flick. But I'm so enamored of McGregor even in crappy movies that I've got blinders when it comes to deciding which of his movies genuinely suck and which don't. So I must rely on Rotten Tomatoes -- 33 percent Fresh -- and Metacritic -- 42 out of 100 -- to inform me that this one is pretty crappy. Ray Bennett at The Hollywood Reporter calls it "a lame and disappointing affair," and the Baltimore Sun's Chris Kaltenbach says it's "about as clunky as a movie gets." Now even I, dedicated McGregor fangirl, don't want to see it. D'oh!
Bonus: Angels & Demons
This one doesn't release on DVD till November 24, but it's worth mentioning for -- spoiler! -- McGregor's ham-handed performance as a priest with, as it transpires, less than holy intentions. If you love a cheesy man of the cloth, however, you'll love McGregor here.
Now You Decide...