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‘What the f–k have you been doing?’: Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Ewan McGregor Reveals Abusive Work Conditions in Don Quixote Film After Replacing Johnny Depp

Ewan McGregor talked about his experience on the set of the Don Quixote film. The Obi-Wan Kenobi actor was set to replace Johnny Depp in Terry Gilliam’s movie. “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was about an advertising executive who traveled back in time to meet the real Don Quixote. According to Terry Gilliam, the movie went over budget due to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, and the maker was “relieved” it fell apart. Later, Ewan McGregor was approached for the role till it was finally completed with Adam Driver playing the role. The Star Wars actor shared the experience he had with the filmmaker.

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Ewan McGregor talks about abusive work conditions on the set of the Don Quixote film

Ewan McGregor talks about abusive work conditions on the set of the Don Quixote film
Ewan McGregor talks about abusive work conditions on the set of the Don Quixote film

In an interview with GQ, he told about Terry Gilliam’s behavior on set back in 2010, when he was approached to act in the film. He said, “[Terry Gilliam says, ‘What the fuck have you been doing all this time? You’ve been underplaying everything. ‘What happened to the guy in ‘Trainspotting’? What happened to that guy?!'” The movie was made over a decade after Trainspotting came out in 1996.

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Terry Gilliam was rude to the Obi-Wan Kenobi star
Terry Gilliam was rude to the Obi-Wan Kenobi star

The Obi-Wan Kenobi actor further added, “It was quite rude. It’s rare that somebody challenges you. But it stuck with me.” Back in 2010, the director had shared his reason with The Guardian about why he cast the actor, “There’s a lot of colors to Ewan that he’s not been showing recently and it’s time for him to show them again. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s a wonderful actor. He’s wonderfully boyish and can be charming — when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb.”

The movie was shelved again just a few months after the actor was cast due to the low funds. He, then, quit the project in 2012 and went to act in other movies.

Terry Gilliam believes that the film was worth the time it took

The film finally came out in 2019 after being shelved twice. The maker told in an interview that the movie was worth the decades it took to finally be complete. He said, “We did something everybody said ‘don’t do. I didn’t take advice. I feel good when I don’t take advice…I don’t think of the film as taking 30 years to make. The film we made, we made in one year.”

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam came out in 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam came out in 2019

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