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Jennifer Connelly Says Ewan McGregor Was 'Very Confident' Directing 'American Pastoral'!

Ewan McGregor strikes a pose alongside his co-star Jennifer Connelly while attending a photo call for their latest film American Pastoral held at the Bernini Hotel on Monday (October 3) in Rome, Italy.

The day before, the 45-year-old actor was spotted arriving at department store Coin on the Via Cola di Rienzo to attend a special fan meet and greet for the flick, which he also directed.

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“He took time to listen to everyone’s questions and give them space to express themselves and explore and collaborate,” Jennifer expressed about Ewan directing. “But at the same time he maintained I think his own vision, making very confident choices.”

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Jennifer Connelly & Ewan McGregor Coordinate At 'American Pastoral' Hamburg Film Fest Premiere!

Ewan McGregor is dapper in an all black ensemble while attending the German premiere of his directorial debut American Pastoral held during the opening night of the 2016 Hamburg Film Festival at Cinemaxx Dammtor on Friday (September 30) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 45-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-star Jennifer Connelly, who coordinated with Ewan in a gorgeous Louis Vuitton ensemble.

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“I think she dreams of a simple domesticated life and all that dream gets dismantled, you know in a very tragic way,” Jennifer said of her character (via Deadline). “She was a very moving character. Really beautiful, interesting combination to me of someone who’s very strong but also kind of brittle. I’m always fighting against how people perceived her and trying to understand who she really was.”

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Ewan McGregor On His Directing Debut 'American Pastoral': 'The Most Extraordinary Passage Of Time'

Ewan McGregor is dapper in a white suit while attending the premiere of his directing debut American Pastoral held during the 2016 Zurich Film Festival on Monday (September 26) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 45-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-star Jennifer Connelly, who wore a gorgeous Louis Vuitton ensemble.

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“This was a very interesting process from that moment where Tom [producer Tom Rosenberg] said it was mine, to now speaking with you on the phone about it. It’s just been the most extraordinary passage of time and a really fulfilling creative experience, very traumatic at times, just learning the curve of it all,” Ewan told Deadline. “I knew how I wanted him to be. I knew what was important to him I thought, and I allowed myself the freedom.”

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Jennifer Connelly & Ewan McGregor Bring 'American Pastoral' To San Sebastian Film Fest - Watch Trailer!

Jennifer Connelly strikes a pose while attending the photo call for her latest film American Pastoral held during the 2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival at Maria Cristina Hostel on Friday (September 23) in San Sebastian, Spain.

The 45-year-old actress was joined by her co-star/director Ewan McGregor as they also attended a press conference for the flick.

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In American Pastoral, a hardworking man (McGregor), who’s been a staple in his quaint community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family – Watch the trailer below!


‘American Pastoral’ Official Trailer

FYI: Jennifer is wearing Louis Vuitton.

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Ewan McGregor & Dakota Fanning Continue 'American Pastoral' Press Tour During TIFF

Ewan McGregor attends the press conference for his new movie American Pastoral during the 2016 Toronto Film Festival on Saturday afternoon (September 10) in Toronto, Canada.

The 45-year-old actor premiered his film the night before during the festival, which

Ewan was joined by castmates Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Uzo Aduba, Valorie Curry, and David Strathairn at the press conference.

Later that night, Ewan was joined by Dakota and Jennifer at the Entertainment Weekly‘s Toronto Must List party.

FYI: Uzo is wearing a Christian Siriano dress and Jimmy Choo shoes at the press conference.

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Jennifer Connelly & Uzo Abuda Step Out For 'American Pastoral' Premiere at TIFF

Jennifer Connelly and Uzo Aduba hit all the right style notes at the premiere of American Pastoral during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday night (September 9) in Toronto, Canada.

The two stars of the film, joined their co-stars Ewan McGregor and Dakota Fanning, as well as Valorie Curry, Sam Underwood and Molly Parker.

Earlier in the day, Dakota , Jennifer, Ewan and Uzo stopped by the Variety and Shutterstock Portrait Studio; and after the premiere, the cast headed to the Vanity Fair, Lionsgate and Nordstrom celebration at CIBO.

FYI: Dakota wore a Gucci gown to the premiere, with Christian Louboutin heels and Tiffany jewels to complete her look. At the photo studio, she wore a J. Mendel dress. Jennifer is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress. Valorie is wearing a Jenny Packham gown.

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Ewan McGregor Talks Fatherhood, Big Budget Movies, & His New Projects with 'Esquire'

Ewan McGregor looks so suave on the cover of Esquire magazine’s October 2016 issue.

Here’s what the 45-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On being away from his family while working: “I’m not in a unique position in being a father who travels for his work. I could be an oil-rig worker. There’s lots of people who are not home on a Monday-to-Friday regular basis.”

On big budget movies: “Very big studio pictures are tedious to make. If you’ve got eighty people in your crew, as opposed to two or three, suddenly you’re with all these massive f*cking egos walking around. All that takes up time and money, which is why they take five months to shoot. Everyone’s quite happy if you come home having done a third of a scene. I can’t stand it. As a Scottish working man, I’m like, ‘F*cking get on with it.’”

On directing & starring in American Pastoral: “I spent a whole day with the script, just turning the pages slowly and thinking, Okay, can I see myself playing this scene and having done the prep for it and then doing the postproduction for it? Can I do it? Can I do it? Can I do it? I came to the conclusion that yes, I should definitely give it a go. I would always be regretful if I didn’t.”

For more from Ewan, visit Esquire.com.

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