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Danny Boyle: 'I treated Ewan McGregor badly'

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Danny Boyle has admitted that he treated Ewan McGregor badly in the past.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross in an interview to be aired tonight (March 23), the Trance director explained that he has since apologised to the actor.

Danny Boyle, 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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Danny Boyle

Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton in 'Trainspotting' (1996)

Ewan McGregor in Boyle's 'Trainspotting'



After casting McGregor as a lead in Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary, Boyle confessed that he let the star down for his fourth feature film The Beach.

"We didn't treat him very well, I've got to be honest about it, we didn't behave at our best," he said.

"You learn and we've apologised. We made this film called The Beach, and we gave Ewan the impression we were going to cast him in it and we didn't cast him in it, we cast another actor, a wonderful actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who was a lovely guy, they're both wonderful."

Ewan McGregor in 'Shallow Grave'

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Ewan McGregor in 'Shallow Grave' with Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox



Explaining his reasons, he said: "You think you're moving up, it's the illusion that you think you're moving up, therefore you're going to need a bigger star to sell the movie. You learn to stick with your roots."

The director also talked to Ross about the recently-announced Trainspotting sequel.

Watch the full interview with Boyle - as well as chats with Ian McShane, Nicholas Hoult and Bobby Womack - on The Jonathan Ross Show at 9.20pm tonight (March 23) on ITV.

Boyle's next film Trance - which stars James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson - will open in the UK on March 27 and in the US on April 5.

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