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July 20, 2009

The Monday Hotness: I’ll Take His Low Road (IYKWIM, AITYD) Edition

Filed under: The Monday Hotness — Miss Plumcake @ 6:03 pm

I fell in love with Ewan MacGregor when I first saw him in Trainspotting, one of my favorite movies.


Let’s just admit this was not his best look.


nor was this, from Velvet Goldmine. Another one of my favorite movies, wherein he plays a mash-up of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop with just a hint of Mick Jagger. I didn’t love the Cobain look on Kurt, but if a man MUST wear guyliner, I suppose you could do worse.

THIS on the other hand:


THIS bustles my hedgerow in a VERY significant way.  Golly.


I never have been able to resist a man in Argyle…and now I don’t want to.


Horrible movie, but good dinner jacket.


and again I say: golly.


I almost didn’t post this because I’m not in love with this look, but I know some of you will be so, here you go.

and finally:


If ever a photo shoot demanded a wind machine. It’s criminal.

and no, I’m NOT going to put in any pictures of Ewan MacGregor in Moulin Rouge because that movie is awful and made me want to stab people, and is directly responsible for all those stupid little corset and mini-tophat “mourning hats” that STILL run rampant on the street even though that look was tired before most of the world was wired for electricty. GRRRR.


  1. There is much to appreciate about ‘Down With Love’, and not just how hawt Ewan is. It’s funny, totally retro in a cool way, and considering how much Renee Zellweger irritates me, she was totally channeling Le Doris in this flick. Ymmv, of course.

    Comment by Phyllis — July 20, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

  2. Yummmmmmmy.

    Frankly, the Ewan I admire most is “real life” Ewan. He did two separate series — Long Way Round, and Long Way Down. In Long Way Around, Ewan and his friend Charley Borman rode motorcycles from Scotland to New York City. In Long Way Down they rode from the northern-most point of Scotland to South Africa.

    Ewan in motorcycle leathers. Ewan shirtless, needing a save, and generally totally hot.

    Thanks for a lovely Monday afternoon pick me up.

    Comment by beth — July 20, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  3. SO HOT

    Thank you!

    Comment by Jennifer — July 20, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  4. God bless you. I thought I was the only one who hated “Moulin Rouge.” I feel utterly vindicated.

    That picture of Ewan in a kilt, however, is ludicrous. I’m with the folks who prefer the black suit look right before it.

    Comment by M.K. Hobson — July 20, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  5. My heart is a little bit broken right now- I love Moulin Rouge. And Down with love is kind of quirky hilarious.

    Comment by Princess of the Universe — July 20, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  6. I’ve just never gotten it about him. He’s okay, but just… eh. It’s kind of comforting, knowing you & I will never compete for a man.

    The opening scene of Moulin Rouge made me wish I’d taken a dramamine. By mid-movie, I was wishing I’d taken about 37 Seconals. God, I hated that film. “Down With Love” at least had costumes I wanted to wear.

    Comment by Style Spy — July 20, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  7. I kind of loved Moulin Rouge. But I first remember seeing Ewan in Shallow Grave, which is a terrific thriller; scared the pants off me. And I usually hate those kinds of movies. And for the full frontal, if you’re that kind of girl and I am, grab your favorite sedation to make it through Peter Greenway’s The Pillow Book. Godawful, but with its own reward.

    Comment by Mrs. Hendricks — July 21, 2009 @ 12:41 am

  8. It’s a totally silly movie, but I love Ewan in The Island; he’s smoking hot, and plays two roles in the film. Long Way Round is also an awesome documentary – it made me want to get on a motorcycle and ride, ride, ride with Ewan.

    Comment by Grace — July 21, 2009 @ 1:49 am

  9. Essential Ewan McGregor lust material: The Pillow Book

    Comment by Fatadelic — July 21, 2009 @ 3:39 am

  10. And as much as Velvet Goldmine did to make parts of my brain go smooth, it DOES include some brief full frontal Ewan action and a random OMG WHY AM I WATCHING THIS HELP ME I CAN’T LOOK AWAY scene between he and Christian Bale.

    And now I’m going to have a mental images of him and/or Christian all day (not that I’m complaining mind you)…

    Comment by De — July 21, 2009 @ 8:23 am

  11. Now, wait a minute: The Pillow Book was not godawful. Full frontal nudity, people. And the story still breaks my heart (but I love Peter Greenaway movies because he never plays anything safe–everything is aesthetically overwhelming and gorgeous, and beastly as hell).

    And I thought Down with Love was a brilliant spoof of all those
    Tony Randall/Doris Day flicks of the fifties/sixties–plus Ewan sang. He can do anything!

    I am very appreciative of the lovely photos. Thanks Plumcake!

    Comment by chachaheels — July 21, 2009 @ 9:11 am

  12. Thank you for the Hot Scottish Guy in both a Tux and a Kilt. I am married to a Hot Scottish Guy who, when called for, will wear either a Kilt or a Tux- he looks YUMMY in both, but the Kilt- there is just something uber sexy about a man who is confident enough to wear a kilt- Oh my, we need a black tie event stat….

    Comment by Kimks — July 21, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  13. This makes me remember why he gets a by for his toothless Obi-Wan. Of course, it wasn’t his fault. Mn.

    Comment by slownews — July 21, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  14. As someone who owns DVDs of Moulin Rouge, Velvet Goldmine *and* Down With Love, I’m just going to flounce on home and WATCH ALL THREE OF THEM IN A ROW. Nyah.

    Comment by Chicklet — July 21, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

  15. Re: Down With Love, I could watch bathtowel-clad Ewan McGregor do pushups while talking on the phone all day long.

    Comment by Suz — July 21, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

  16. It’s actually quite scary how much Mr. MacGregor resembles Kurt Cobain in that one snap. Thanks for posting it!

    Comment by AmelieWannabe — July 21, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  17. Cakey, you know I love you, but IMA CUT YOU for dissing my favorite movie.

    Comment by Janey — July 21, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  18. Oh, Janey, step away from the netflix NOW. I think it’s time for an intervention. When the wardrobe is more layered than the characters and the script appears to have been written on a drag queen’s mirror in frosted pink lipstick, the movie cannot help but suck, no matter how charming and dapper the leading man.

    Comment by raincoaster — July 21, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  19. Oh Janey I is SHOCKED. SHOCKED I SAY.

    Comment by Plumcake — July 22, 2009 @ 12:19 am

  20. I’m a Ewan Of All Varieties girl (and to be honest, particularly fond of Shallow Grave and Velvet Goldmine) but anything that heavily features his eyes is fine with me.


    I will point out that Moulin Rouge is NOT the only responsible party in the fascinator trend, though. Those were circulating goth/romantic/victoriana culture long before Baz Luhrmann thought they were hot.

    Comment by faye — July 22, 2009 @ 3:49 am

  21. swoon.
    made me have a moment right here at work…i starred it in my google reader so that i can look at it again and again…yum.

    Comment by Jess — July 22, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  22. EWAN!!!!! **squeeee***!!!!
    I’ve been in ‘love’ with him since i was 15! Had that leafy pic as my computer wallpaper AND in my locker, along with a few more. got a stern talking-to about one of the nakedier ones. hee!

    Haven’t thought about him in a while, thanks for reminding me why he was my first, most epic, most enduring celebrity crush. It’s great to see that other people ‘get’ him–most people thought i was weird.
    I really want to see his documentaries–when they came out they weren’t us-compatible.
    Real life ewan might be my favorite. i like him in interviews. I’ve seen many of his lesser movies just because he was in them (a life less ordinary, that surfer one, the island, deception, young adam, which i actually thought was interesting….)
    so hmm… will go look at more pics now.

    Comment by Mim — July 23, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  23. PS he read some short stories aloud for the bbc
    i think tolstoy? I have them on my ipod. his voice is heavenly!

    Comment by Mim — July 23, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  24. Ok, I can understand not loving Moulin Rogue (may I suggest Baz’s first movie, Strictly Ballroom, though?) but can we get some love for Ewan singing? GUH, I love his voice.

    Comment by Katy — July 25, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  25. At first i was a bit upset,since you dissed moulin rouge(Ewans buttah)
    but Im too tickled that hes the monday hotness,i just can’t be mad. The man is adorable.

    Comment by Jessie — July 26, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

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