Mar­riage is my life with’

In cult movie Trainspot­ting

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Ev­ery­one’s quite happy if you come home hav­ing done a third of a scene. I can’t stand it. As a Scot­tish work­ing man, I’m like, ‘F**king get on with it.’”

It’s also be­cause I’ve never been driven by fame... “There are ac­tors ev­ery­where, a lot of them in Hol­ly­wood, who in­stead of pur­su­ing good act­ing and mak­ing good films, thrive on be­ing in mag­a­zines and mak­ing sure they’re in the right ones and at the right par­ties with the right peo­ple; in fact, that seems to be what Hol­ly­wood thrives on as a whole. I’ve al­ways de­tested that side of the busi­ness. I’ve worked with too many peo­ple who find the act­ing part of it slightly bor­ing, but they do it be­cause it’s the part that al­lows them to be­come fa­mous. For me, the mag­a­zines and the photo shoots are the bor­ing parts of my job that al­low me to be on set do­ing my work.”

But if any of my four daugh­ters showed an in­ter­est in act­ing... “I would never dream of steer­ing them away from it, be­cause the truth is: If you want to do this, you’re gonna do it.”

Be­ing a good dad is some­thing I take se­ri­ously... “You have to make time to get to know your chil­dren, spend af­ter­noons shop­ping with them and just try­ing to build that close­ness with them, in­stead of just be­ing a parental fig­ure. I’ve tried to make sure that my daugh­ters felt that they were each very spe­cial to me, and that I’d al­ways make time for them.”

Later this year you’ll hear me as Lu­mière in Beauty and The Beast... “I re­ally wanted to do it for my 5-year-old, Anouk. It was great fun, plus I did get the op­por­tu­nity to sing one of the great Dis­ney num­bers, Be Our Guest.”

My wife Eve and I have been mar­ried for over 21 years... “I ap­pre­ci­ate that lovely feel­ing of be­ing with some­one for a re­ally long time... you know each other so well and you’re so com­fort­able in each other’s com­pany. I get asked what’s the se­cret to a happy mar­riage a lot, and there’s no an­swer to it with­out triv­i­al­is­ing it. You can’t just say ‘if you do this or do that, you’ll have a great mar­riage’ be­cause it doesn’t work like that. There’s no se­cret other than to be in love with the woman you’re shar­ing your life with.”

Ewan with wife Eve ( above) and with his eldest daugh­ter, 20 year-old Clara ( be­low).

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