Back when Ewan McGregor was an emerging, 20-something indie film actor, he used to pull out out his penis in a lot of his films. He had it on full display in Trainspotting, The Pillow Book and Velvet Goldmine. But now that he’s more established and in his mid-40s, he’ll only show his butt, thank you very much.
Take his appearance in the premier episode of Season 3 of Fargo, FX’s darkly comic crime series. Ewan plays two roles in the show: Emmit Stussy, the successful “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” and Emmit’s younger brother Ray, a less successful parole officer who resents his brother’s fortune.
Ray hires one of his parolees to go steal Emmit’s valuable stamp collection, but this being Fargo, the theft doesn’t exactly go as planned … which brings us to McGregor’s nude scene.
Let’s watch McGregor’s wet, shimmering butt as he gets out of a bubble bath and then we’ll discuss.
We’re so used to seeing McGregor play handsome, charming characters that it’s kind of amazing seeing him transformed into a balding man with a dad bod (not that we’re complaining).
McGregor had originally thought he would wear body padding to play Ray, but the show’s director wanted McGregor to actually gain weight so that his character would seem more vulnerable and less comfortable in his own skin than McGregor typically does in other roles. So, McGregor started eating lots of junk food:
“I ordered a massive dessert and started putting on weight from that second onward. It’s quite nice when you’re ordering—you can order whatever you like. But the truth is I would go to bed every night not feeling very great. I’m a small guy. I’m not really used to carrying weight. It doesn’t make you feel great. I like to feel fit and healthy. But it was effective. It worked.”
Interestingly, when playing Ray’s younger-looking brother, McGregor wears Spanx (tight fitting compression garments that slim the body). We wonder if we’ll get to see that character in the buff. As for Ray, this is his only nude scene in the entire series, so McGregor went back to his usual body weight after filming this scene and then resumed wearing body padding.
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