LOS ANGELES — From his breakout role in “Trainspotting,” to his award-winning performance in “Moulin Rouge,” to playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars,” Ewan McGregor always shines.
Playing the title role in “Doctor Sleep,” the much-awaited sequel to the classic horror film “The Shining,” McGregor said his character Danny Torrance was a good challenge.
“I think the first time you read the script is the first time you see it in your mind and everything thereafter harks back to that picture that you imagined. So I think it’s very important. And I think you maybe do know how you going to play it then,” he said.
Apart from the spine-tingling horror that Stephen King’s stories are known for, “Doctor Sleep” also deals with Danny’s addiction and recovery.
“He has the same disease as his dad. He was an alcoholic as well. Luckily he found a way out of that, which is very much about recovery, the idea of helping other people and by helping other people you're helping yourself. That is very much part of the philosophy of recovery anyway. He does do that in a very special way where he works with an old folks’ home or hospice, and he helps people who are in the very last moments of their life,” he said.
The actor’s career in the performing arts started early, and his interest in it was sparked by a family member.
“I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was 9. My uncle is an actor, and he comes from the same very small town in Scotland that I come from, and he’s brilliant. He is my inspiration,” McGregor said.