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Ewan McGregor Recalls the Greatest Day of His Life

“My first scene with Jeff Bridges we were supposed to be tripping on acid. We had these amazing contact lenses that made it look like our pupils were wide open and we were waiting in this room that just so happened to have this old electric piano in it, and I remember Jeff got so excited. He was like, ‘Oh, man! They put this keyboard here so we can get into it!’ And so he started playing these wild, trippy sound effects on this keyboard. Us in our big black eyes, the Dude on keyboard, I just thought, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’” —Ewan McGregor on his role in The Men Who Stare at Goats [LAT]

“I had about 19 hours of flying under my belt, but the insurance policy on the movie was never going to allow me do that. It’s something I take very seriously. I’m not a big sweater, but when I land, my back is drenched. It takes a lot of concentration. It’s really exhilarating. You can’t play Amelia Earhart and not learn how to fly. That’s just wrong in every way.” —Hilary Swank [Showbiz Spy]

“Seven movies in two and a half years. I have never worked this hard ever. I am exhausted, I’m feeling like I need a break. Promoting movies is not fun. The most fun part is making the movies. Selling a movie is more to do with wardrobe and shoes and cleaning up and being presentable.” —Meryl Streep [Showbiz Spy]

“When I was in sixth grade, I fractured my skull playing soccer. That was not as painful as getting my hair relaxed.” —Chris Rock [Elle]

“Until it kind of slaps me in the face, I’m going to tinker around with everything. I’m obviously not the type of artist who rushes anything. I’ve done, like, two records in the last eight years.” —Justin Timberlake [MTV]

Ewan McGregor Recalls the Greatest Day of His Life