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Ewan McGregor From Junkie to Jedi Paperback – 1 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859652769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859652766
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For Ewan Idolators this book is undispensable.' The Herald (Glasgow), June 1999 -- The Herald (Glasgow), June 1999

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A book for collectors of books on Ewan. Nothing new in terms of information not published in other sources. The best aspect of this publication are the photographs on almost every other page, very clever studio sessions of a young and half clothed kilted kutie. While none of these books on McGregor are authorized by the actor, this is one to keep for the witty quotes by McGregor and the glossy portraits of a very young actor before he was filthy famous.
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Before he became a mega-star, there was a wealth of unauthorised biographies which were put out that profiled the relatively short life and career of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, who had a string of impressive British film credits to his name before Hollywood came calling. The best of them, in terms of writing, was Billy Adams' 1997 paperback Ewan McGregor: The Biography, which contained fresh interviews with many of the key players in Ewan's life, and in my opinion, still stands as the best book ever written about the talented Scotsman.

Two years later came Brian J Robb's 'From Junkie to Jedi', released to coincide with Ewan's popular role in the hugely successful 'Star Wars'. This colourful book is lavishly illustrated with many great portraits of the handsome chap, both in character and as himself, and a photograph on almost every page. If you care very little about reading an in-depth overview of Ewan with genuine insights, then this one is perfect to feast you're eyes on.

The text does give the reader a standard biography of Ewan McGregor if you're a complete novice, although the factual inaccuracies are in place. However, from the start, it was always intended that the glossy pictures were to be it's main attraction. Throughout, there are regular quotes from the man himself which help it's readers to understand more about him as person, and the whole package is a pretty handy thing to have if you want to find out about the films which first made audiences stand up and take notice of this versatile, charismatic actor.

'Ewan McGregor: From Junkie to Jedi' is not a good biography as such, but a brilliant photo book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars FROM JUNK TO JADED 30 Jan. 2000
By azindn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Brian Robb's effort, Ewan McGregor: From Junkie To Jedi, is aimed at youthful audiences that buys books for the pictures not text. Riding the coat tails of the popular actor whose role as Obi Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star War's episode introduced him to American general audiences, this book offers nothing than already known general facts and statements published elsewhere. What it does offer in plenty is photographs, head shots in fact, that present McGregor in a variety of poses, both studio sittings and film extracts. The man is cute, no doubt the reason for his enormous popularity with young females, but McGregor is more than just another pretty, adorable British face. He can act. The body of work already to his credit is formidable for a 28 year old. McGregor is outspoken on many subjects that draw attention in the press, and on almost every page of the 128-pg. paperback is a tidbit of the wit and wisdom of Ewan McGregor. It is well known that McGregor has never given permission for any book on his life, nor is pleased by author's who made intrusions into his private life, however, if you absolutely must know who, what, where, and when of Ewan McGregor, this book will do. Buy two copies, one to cut up for the photos and the second to add to the long list of McGregor unauthorized biographies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pictures, but little substance. 21 July 1999
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This book is a must for the fanatic Ewan admirer, if only for the umpteen absolutely gorgeous pictures of the star. However,the actual text, although interesting, seems little more than a compilation of previous Newspaper and Magazine articles. Although I did find several tidbits about the actor that I hadn't read elsewhere, I also found serveral quotes that I had read before, but were wrongfully reproduced here -- in other words, Ewan was being misquoted. So, in turn, I wasn't sure what to believe in the book. However, like I said, some of the b&w stills are breathtaking, and it's definitely a good bio of the actor (although I'm not sure how accurate!)
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most gorgeous pictures!!! 11 Aug. 1999
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Buy this one for the numerous pictures; quite a few I'm sure won't be found anywhere else. Some are the most delectable images of a human being I've ever seen! What a treat for the eyes! Unfortunately, the text is glaringly flawed in places. Some of the movie plot descriptions are wrong even but it is still interesting to read as it is well written nonetheless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Sudden Fixation 15 Aug. 2000
By Sarah Boyle - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Ewan McGregor and I think this book is a bit tired. Nothing I didn't know, really. But the irony of it all strikes me. Playing Obi-Wan appears to have really boosted Ewan's career to most Americans, though he is a very successful actor in Europe and quite famous in the independent film circuit. The ironic part is this: Ewan's predecessor as Obi-Wan, the famous and sadly deceased Alec Guinness, received the opposite end from the role. He was hounded and practically went into hiding. When he died, the first I heard of it was on the Star Wars web site. Then, subsequent announcements always contain something like "The 86-year-old actor, famous for playing Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars..." I wonder if that's what Ewan will be remembered for? I hope not. If you really want to see him be an actor and not just a handsome face in a movie that is heavy on effects and light on plot and dialogue, go rent Shallow Grave or Brassed Off or Trainspotting or Emma or Nightwatch or A Life Less Ordinary or ... See my point?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book on the Young Obi-Wan 27 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book has the best pictures as well as some of the most interesting stories. THere is even a large section about Star Wars. This book is great for any Ewan MGregor fan. It's just great!!!!!!
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