Set in the early 1970’s, Velvet Goldmine is a fictional tale focused on a controversial glam rock star named Brian Slade, who faked his own murder and vanished from the spotlight. Gay journalist Arthur Stuart, inspired by glam rock, seeks out Brian Slade in an effort to write an article describing his life and subsequent withdrawal. The film presents a variety of vignettes to illustrate the life of glam rocker Brian Slade (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) at the height of the glam rock movement. Ewan McGregor appears as Curt Wild, a rebellious American rocker who influenced Slade early in his career. Upon meeting Wild, Arthur Stuart finds himself mesmerized by his performances and seeks to form a close relationship with Wild. The two men form a bond and share in each other’s creativity, until Stuart ultimately realizes he must continue his quest for Brian Slade, even if only for his own personal fulfilment.
Born in Crieff, Scotland, in March of 1971, Ewan McGregor found himself drawn to the theatre at an early age. Unhappy in his early schooling, his parents agreed to let him leave school and follow his dream by enrolling in the Perth Repertory Theatre. After studying drama for a year at Kirkcaldy in Fife, McGregor enrolled in the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and spent the next three years studying alongside fellow actor Daniel Craig, and sharing a room with Jude Law.
Upon graduating, Ewan McGregor appeared in a variety of films, making his breakout in the 1996 film Trainspotting. The film brought the actor more notoriety, and McGregor decided to found his own production company alongside co-star Johnny Lee Miller and friend Jude Law, calling the company Natural Nylon. McGregor left the company in 2002 to pursue other interests, while still maintaining a successful career in film and television.
Following his graduation from the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1992, Ewan McGregor appeared in a few TV series before his breakout performance in 1996’s Trainspotting. McGregor followed the role by appearing in The Pillow Book, Emma, A Life Less Ordinary, and Velvet Goldmine, before landing the role of Obi Wan Kenobi in the 1999 Star Wars prequel, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
The early 2000’s brought McGregor added success, with roles in Moulin Rouge, Blackhawk Down, Big Fish, and the next two installments of the Star Wars franchise. In more recent years, McGregor has appeared in acclaimed films such as I Love You Phillip Morris, Beginners, Angels & Demons, and the more recent Mortdecai, starring alongside Johnny Depp.