07/05/2011 10:13 am ET | Updated Sep 04, 2011

Ewan McGregor Admits On-Screen Nudity Can Be Distracting For Fans

Ewan McGregor has admitted that his on-screen nudity has become such a frequent occurrence over the years that his fans are now likely to lose track of storylines once they spot the re-emergence of his own personal entourage.

“I have to be careful now,” the Scottish star told Harper’s Bazaar. “If people think ‘there’s McGregor taking his clothes off again, it can actually distract them from the movie.”

However, despite every pore of his oft-revealed flesh being magnified on the big screen, McGregor has joined the growing brigade of actors shunning the idea of a little bit of help, despite, or perhaps because of, what he sees around him in his adopted city of LA.

“I was driving into an airport the other day, and I saw a woman with her entire face bandaged up. It looked awful. My wife doesn’t use it and nor do I.

“Someone offered it to me because I’ve got a frown mark and I said, ‘But I’m an actor, I need to use my face.’”

Known for shunning the limelight in favour of family life, McGregor is bemused by the wealth his teenage children experience, compared with his own distinctly less blingey upbringing.

“Cars are the big thing. My daughter goes to a school with rich West LA kids, and some of her friends are coming in new Audi A7s and new Mercedes as starter cars.

“I worked from the age of 14 as a dishwasher. By the time I was 16, I’d bought myself a second-hand VW beetle.”

McGregor is equally nostalgic about his days as part of the 1990s Primrose Hill set, when he worked and partied alongside other London acting luminaries, such as Jude Law and Johnny Lee Miller.

“I don’t see that lot as much as I’d like to any more. I love Jude very much. I was the first to leave our production company in 2001, so I’m partly responsible for us not seeing each other as much. But I don’t think there’s any bad blood.”

The actor does regret, however, his days of partying until dawn and what came out of his mouth after one too many.

“I’d drink all the time – interviews were fair game. I used to slag off LA, but I didn’t really know anything about it then. I said unkind things about people.”

The full feature appears in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, on sale Thursday 7th July

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