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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
'Big Fish'

It is the latest whimsical tale from the imagination of director Tim Burton, and it is generating a lot of early Oscar buzz. "Big Fish," starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, and Danny DeVito, tells the story of an old man trying to reconnect with his son.

McGregor plays Finney's character as a young man. He told us how being the father of two dramatically changed his own life. He says, "It made me think of my relationship with my dad. It is luckily very good."

McGregor is living a clean life. He doesn’t drink, gamble, or smoke. But he says, "I swear a lot. And I got off of the cigarettes earlier this year. I'm really delighted about that because it is a real misery smoking."

No buts about it, this Scottish import is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, from his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" trilogy, to making beautiful music a few years ago with sexy Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge."

And although we uncovered that he once dreamt of being a rock star, he says he doesn’t plan to be singing again soon. McGregor says, "When you see a band playing, you just imagine that was you. Wow, that would be cool, wouldn’t it?"

"Big Fish" opens December 10th.

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