Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
BEST ACTOR ‑ LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Ewan McGregor ‑ “Fargo”
EWAN McGREGOR: Oh, goodness. Thank you very much. Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this. It’s really lovely. I want to thank FX and MGM for having me on board and Noah Hawley for giving us such amazing writing to do, putting our an amazing crew together up in Calgary and giving us brilliant directors to work with. Liz Himmelstein, thanks for helping me with that bonkers accent. Rich Klubeck, thanks for everything you do for me. Lindy King, I wouldn’t being standing up here without you, and I love you. I want to take a moment to just say thank you to Ev, who always stood by me for 22 years, and my four children, Clara, Esther, Jamyan, and Anouk, I love you, and you know. I’ve always loved being an actor, and I love hanging out with actors. And I got amazing actors to work with on this. There wouldn’t have been any Emmit Stussy without David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg and Carrie Coon. And there would have been no Ray without Mary Elizabeth Winstead. So thank you very much.
Q Obviously, congratulations for this, and we love all of your work, especially Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know there’s been a lot of talk of wanting you back. You’d be interested in it. What’s the situation right now with that?
EWAN McGREGOR: Just that. There’s a lot of talk, and I’d be happy to play him again, but I don’t know anymore about it than you do. There’s no plan at the moment. I loved the new one. I saw the new one just over Christmas, and I thought it was really, really beautiful. I loved it.
Yes. Q There’s also some speculation that you might be playing Carl Young?
EWAN McGREGOR: That’s cool. I didn’t know that. Yeah, I don’t know. No, I’ve never heard that.
Q What might you be doing next?
EWAN McGREGOR: Right now, I’m not doing anything. I’ve been working — I’m working and working, and I’m — I just finished making the Winnie the Pooh film, Christopher Robin in London just before Christmas. Sorry. I took this big mint just before I came on, and now I’m stuck with this big fucking mint. Anyway, Christopher Robin, that was beautiful. It was nice to work with Mark Forrester again, who I worked with years ago on a film called Stay, and we made a beautiful film about Winnie the Pooh and me, Christopher Robin. It was lovely, but it was at the end of a lot of work. I Transformers two. I did Fargo. I did a small film, and then I did the Walt Disney film, and I just haven’t stopped for so long. And so now I have decided to stop and take a little break. So I have no plans. I’d like to direct again. So I’m maybe going to spend the next couple of months trying to find the story that I like. You like to make something — I loved making American Pastoral, and I’m very proud of the thing I made. I’d like to make something smaller and rougher and maybe focus my mind a bit on that, and see what else crops up. Fargo sort of opened my life up to television in a way that I didn’t imagine, and I loved it. I loved it so much. I like working that fast. I like the pace of it after 25 years of working and sitting in Winnebagos. I don’t want to sit in a Winnebago. I just like to be onset and work, work, work. So that suited me a lot. So it would be nice to find another television series to do. I don’t know. Let’s see what happens. But for the moment, I wake up in the morning not thinking, oh, I’ve only got four weeks before I have to go off to do, and that’s what my life has been like for years because I’ve been lucky.
Q Where did this fit professionally on a scale of acting difficulty, and what did you get out of the challenge of this role?
EWAN McGREGOR: I’ve done it a couple of times before. I played two characters in the Jesus film that I did, “Last Days in the Desert” with Rodrigo Garcia, and then I did it in Michael Bays’ movie “The Island,” some scenes with myself, but this was very different, two completely radically different characters who were brothers, had to be — feel like brothers but unique, and my challenge was to try and play them so that the audience wasn’t thinking about me playing both parts but just seeing the characters. And because I had such great help, makeup and hair and with the great writing of Noah Hawley and his writing team, I like to think that we pulled that off. So it was a great challenge. I’ll tell you the most — the most difficult thing was I got there, and I had been thinking so much about the look and the physicality and how to play two brothers, and I totally forgot I’m going to have to learn two roles. So the first week I was like, oh, fuck. I was just learning lines all the time. I was playing one brother, learning lines for the other, and I just never got a chance to stop learning lines. I was learning in the car. I was learning at breakfast, at dinner. So that was the biggest challenge, just the amount of words to learn. Anyway, I should go because I’ve got to get back out there for Fargo, but thank you very much. Thanks, guys.