Ewan McGregor: 'Bond isn't an exciting role for an actor'

Ewan McGregor finds it interesting that there is such a fuss made about the role of James Bond, because "it's not the most interesting part to play as an actor".

Ewan McGregor doesn't understand the fuss about James Bond.

Daniel Craig is thought to be stepping down from the role as the super suave spy, with Damian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba all rumoured as replacements.

But one person who isn't chomping at the bit to play 007 is Ewan.

"It’s interesting how it’s held in such regard, this part of Bond," Ewan said during an interview on British television show Lorraine on Friday (06May16). "It’s interesting to me. It’s like the be all and end all for British actors. And it’s really not the most interesting part to play as an actor, really.

"I think it’s an incredible… it’s our biggest British franchise isn’t it. But as an acting role, I mean, there are… I don’t know, it’s just held in such massive regard."

Of course, Ewan has starred in his fair share of successful films, including Danny Boyle's 1996 cult classic Trainspotting. He will start working on the sequel later this year (16) and is more than a little excited about reprising his role of Renton for the followup.

"We start filming Trainspotting 2 in the summer, and I’m very excited about that," he said. "I just think it’s a danger with a film that’s so well loved that a poor sequel can damage the reputation of the original film and I wouldn’t ever want to do that. But that is not the case with this script, it’s really, really good.

"And all of us have flooded back to it, all the actors, and I think that’s because of that - because the script is so very good."

Among his upcoming roles is a part in Our Kind of Traitor and his movie directorial debut American Pastoral.

While Ewan enjoyed being behind the camera, he can't see himself stopping acting at any point in the near future.

"I’d like to do it again, I liked it, I enjoyed the process very much, but I think I’ll always act because I enjoy that very much too," he smiled.

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