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AthleteIAmA Special Olympics Athlete ask me anything

Mar 10th 2017 by Tomboy480 • 34 Questions • 66 Points

Hey guys - happy to be here for an AMA today at 2:15pm PT / 5:15pm ET. T2 Trainspotting opens in the US March 17th.

Thank you guys so much for a great AMA. A lot of great questions. Go see T2 TRAINSPOTTING in the US beginning next Friday, March 17th!

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Q:

Ok, I know I have to be that guy and ask this question on behalf of Reddit lurkers. What is the hookup scene like?

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Was there anything you experienced as a director that changed your outlook as an actor? Thanks Ewan!


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Haven't really hooked up with anyone 😂😂😂.

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To be more sympathetic to directors.


Q:

He's asking the real questions here.

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Where was the best place you've visited on bike during your trips with Charley?


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I'm autistic, have OCD, anxiety, and when I was younger I was diagnosed with ADHD

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Mongolia is a very special place for me.


Q:

You da real mvp

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How many takes did it take for you to remaster that sadistic smile you have after you roll off the car?


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It really depends. When I was training for the special olympics nationals. I was training with my high school track team around 10 hours a week. But now I train less

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Got it in take 1. Not something I have to work at. :)


Q:

I'm schizoaffective, i have anxiety, i have ADD, and have ocd. do I qualify?

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How hard was it to recreate a character like you did in the first Trainspotting movie?


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What's schizoaffective

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It wasn't hard. It seems like Renton's been sitting inside me for 20 years just waiting to come out again.


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schizophrenia and a mood disorder

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can you recite the entire "choose life" monologue by heart?


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I don't think u would qualify but u could check at www.specialolympics.com

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Yes I learned it while walking around Arthur's Seat. I think I'll always remember that speech.


Q:

How old are you and what dreams do you have for yourself 5 years from now?

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Hey Ewan! I saw an article from September that said you haven't been able to find time for riding motorcycles, has that changed since then? Also whats a dream bike you haven't been able to ride?


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I am 21 and I would love to be a inspirational speaker. Or maybe go to collage to work with animals. I would also like to eventually live on my own someday. And get a service dog

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I'm not allowed to ride motorcycles while working for insurance reasons, but when I'm not working I ride every day.


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Did you decide to become an athlete because you loved sport already, or was it suggested to you as a way to meet new friends and you started to love it?

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Have you given much thought to when you are going to start ageing?

You're 20 years older than me and I look like I could be your dad.

Edit: Seriously guys I was paying him a compliment. I don't look 65 and I'm not overweight.


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I just wanted something to do. I don't do well when I have too much free time. And me and my parents were looking for activities I could do

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Get some sleep.


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If you weren't an actor, what job/industry would you have liked to have been in?


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Paralympics is mostly for people who are physically disabled. Though I did see some for people with cognitive disabilities. The special olympics are mainly for people with Cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

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I can imagine being a sculptor.


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Do you have any directorial advice?


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Idk if that is a cognitive disabilitity but I could be wrong. I'd check with www.specialolympics.com

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Always rehearse the scene with the actors alone, and then show the crew.


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Are the athletes in the special olympics treated well and with respect? Also, would you like to see more attention given to the event?

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Ewan! You're almost unrecognizable in your makeup as one of the twins in Fargo season 3. That's crazy! What was that whole process like? Were you eager to tackle the role of the crime twins for Noah Hawley?


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Yeah most of the time athletes are treated well by coaches. I would luv to see more coverage of the national games.

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The brothers that I play in Fargo are not twins. The makeup is incredible.


Q:

Ewan, I absolutely ADORE your singing voice! Are you looking to do more musical films in the future? Heck, can we just get an album from you?

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I'd love to - I love singing in drama. Recording music is such a huge joy.


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Hi Ewan!

Who were your favorite actors as a child?

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Jimmy Stewart, David Nevin, Steve McQueen.


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What do you look for in a script?

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A good story.


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What do you prefer to play heroes or villains?

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There are no heroes or villains in my book. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys.


Q:

How did it feel to make a film in your home country?

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It's the 5th film I've made at home. I always love working in Scotland. I can visit my parents on the weekends.


Q:

Hi Ewan! Any chance of a third installment of Long Way Round/Down? Huge fan of that show and it'd be great to see you and Charlie back on the road again.

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No plans at the moment.


Q:

Hey Ewan, I took a girlfriend to watch T2 after a Boyle/McGregor marathon and she broke up with me the next day. Can you tweet "WTF Claire?"

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WTF Claire


Q:

I am considering purchasing my first motorcycle. What bike would you recommend to a beginner with a modest budget?

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Your learner motorcycle should be an un-powerful one like a 125cc. Your first proper bike should be a Triumph 650 or a Motoguzzi V7.


Q:

Ewan, thank you for doing this AMA. I was watching Velvet Goldmine and really enjoyed your penis. How is it these days?

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It's fine thanks, how's yours?


Q:

When was the last time you watched the original Trainspotting? Has your view of it changed at all over the past 21 years?

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On my flight to Scotland to shoot the sequel.


Q:

Hi Ewan.did you ever meet iggy pop.and if so is he as crazy as he seems?

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Yes - I did meet him and he's as COOL as he seems.


Q:

Hi Ewan! You're one of my favorite actors, and I'm so excited to see you in the new season of Fargo. My question is this: what's your favorite book and why?

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A favorite book of mine is called Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon that inspired me to do the long motorcycle trips that I've done.


Q:

Do you ever miss Scotland and what was t like growing up there and also what is your favorite kind of motorcycle to ride?

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I often miss Scotland - it was a wonderful place to grow up. I had a very rural countryside childhood and enjoyed independence from a very young age.


Q:

Hi Mr. McGregor! HUGE FAN!!!! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thanks :~)

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Really watch what you're doing.


Q:

Was it hard to get back in character for T2? By the way loved it!!!

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No - it was nerve-wracking but it came very easily.


Q:

How was it working with Van and the rest of the lads from Catfish and the Bottlemen? Loved that video!

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We had a great day in New York. I took them to my favorite punk store, Trash and Vaudeville and we had a laugh.


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Any thoughts on doing a Trainspotting 3? Loved the second one so I would love to see the characters again.

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Who knows? We'd all be in our 60s.


Q:

Got a favorite meal to cook at home?

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Avocado with lemon and salt, and a boiled egg.


Q:

What was the jump like from directing a short to directing a full film?

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It was a very long jump, I shot my short in 1996 and my feature film in 2015.


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do you have any plans for working with Kevin Mckidd again? would love to see you guys together in a play !

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I would love that too. Kevin is a brilliant actor and he was missed on the set of T2.


Q:

Treat a fangirl - could you just say hi?

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Hello!


Q:

Hi Ewan, what was for you the most moving scene to shoot in T2?

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The scene in the Highlands where I read Spud's poem.


Q:

Have you ever met Louis CK?

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Yeah I must've bumped into him somewhere!


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What as it like directing your first feature film?

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It was a life-changer. Amazing.