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He may be one of the most recognisable movie stars in the world but Scotland’s own Ewan McGregor still found time to record a special video message to help mark the recent first anniversary of the Highland Cinema in Fort William.
The Star Wars actor was asked by cinema owner Angus MacDonald if he would record a video message to be played at the cinema ahead of a showing of Trainspotting – which had been picked as the anniversary night film and which stars McGregor, who hails originally from Crieff in Perthshire.
Mr MacDonald explained to the Lochaber Times: ‘I met Ewan and his two daughters two years ago on the island of Muck – he was very interested in the opening of the Highland Cinema. Due to Covid he couldn’t be at the opening but we kept in touch.
‘He loves Lochaber and comes here frequently. Hamish [responsible for Highland Cinema marketing and IT] was keen to show Trainspotting for our first anniversary. He suggested we ask him for a video clip. He immediately replied yes and two and a half thousand people have now seen that clip.’
In the video message, McGregor tells the audience: ‘Congratulations Highland Cinema on your first birthday. I always thought it was a brilliant idea to have a cinema in Fort William.
‘It’s not the easiest thing to open anything in the last couple of years so congratulations on doing that and well done, and hello to everybody who’s there tonight on this 25th anniversary of Trainspotting.
‘I wish I could be there to watch it with you. I would really, really like that, but I can’t get over there at the moment for all different kinds of reasons, but I hope you have a brilliant night. I send you all my best wishes and enjoy the film.’
Highland Cinema finance manager Elaine Brayshaw attended the Trainspotting showing and said there was a fantastic response in the room, with a round of applause after McGregor’s video introduction.