“He felt like there was a lot hanging on this chance that he has,” reveals Ewan McGregor about his role as a reporter hoping to score an interview with Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) in the new film “Miles Ahead.” In our recent interview (watch above), the actor elaborates, “that if he can get the scoop and if he can be with Miles Davis while he’s making his comeback, it could save his bacon. There’s a sense that my character’s life is falling apart.”
The film, which Cheadle co-wrote, produced and directed, focuses on a five-year period in the late 1970s when chronic pain and drug use caused jazz legend Davis to take an extended break. During that time, Dave Braden (McGregor) pitches him a comeback story for Rolling Stone and the audience never knows if the reporter is lying or telling the truth.
As McGregor explains, “Because Dave is lying to everyone all the time, there’s sort of a dishonesty in him that I find difficult to watch. It feels a bit like I’m being dishonest in my performance. I’m so impressed with what Don has done. I keep watching going ‘how did he do it, how did he do it’ in like four or five weeks shooting making this amazing movie.”
The Scottish-born actor has worked steadily in films for more than two decades. His resume includes everything from smaller indie movies such as “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting,” and “Beginners” to blockbusters like the “Star Wars” prequels and awards fare such as “Moulin Rouge,” and the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast.”
McGregor reaped an Emmy nomination for his 1997 guest role on “E.R.,” three Golden Globe bids for “Moulin Rouge” (2002) and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2013, producing and acting) and was part of three SAG-nominated ensembles: “Little Voice” (1999), “Moulin Rouge” (2002), and “August: Osage County” (2014).
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