It must have been disorienting for Ewan McGregor when the actor went from the junkie rigors of Trainspotting directly into the pastoral comedy of Jane Austen's Emma. "On the first day of shooting," he recalls, "I was riding horses and wearing a top hat, tails and gloves. And I realized that three weeks before, I'd been lying on a floor in Scotland with a skinned head and needles and syringes all around. I wondered what I was doing. Yet I enjoyed it."

McGregor, 25, has reason to enjoy his busy life. Even before graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and...

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