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Exclusive Interview With Ewan McGregor

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Jun 03, 2011 | 7:23am EDT

Moviegoers hungry for an alternative to the summer’s onslaught of sequels, prequels and reboots would do well to check out Beginners, the semi-autobiographical dramedy from indie writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which is drawing critical raves, centers on the travails of a 38-year-old Los Angeles bachelor (Ewan McGregor) who, shortly after his mother succumbs to cancer, receives the startling news that his 75-year-old father (Christopher Plummer) is gay.

We caught up with McGregor recently to talk about the unique challenges of playing a role based, at least in part, on his own director:

Beginners is now playing in select theaters.

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