Ewan McGregor Calls Roman Polanski a 'Completely Brilliant Director'
It's been a while, nearly a month, since we last heard about anything major regarding Roman Polanski's continued imprisonment after his arrest in Switzerland back in September. The LA Times recently sat down with Ewan McGregor, the star of Polanski's now interrupted film The Ghost, in order to talk with him about his role and his experience with Polanski. "He's also got quite a brusque manner, so you have to have a thick skin. That said, I'm very fond of him. He's one of the very few completely brilliant directors that I've worked with. There aren't really very many, I have to say, or it's a shame to say," McGregor revealed.
That's nothing that I couldn't have arrived at myself after watching an interview or two or, you know, just recalling any of his great films, but what this quote does best is make me even more excited for The Ghost - which as we reported in October will be finished by March. Nary a single new detail was made available by McGregor, but, to echo his sentiments, he is a brilliant director - that's really the only detail I need.
And what of Polanski's arrest? This week he was denied bail. The Swiss government is, for some reason, having to justify arresting Polanski. To me, that just doesn't make sense. The authorities involved were all completely within their legal bounds to take the fugitive (because, yes, he was a fugitive) into custody. So, will Polanski be involved in a long extradition process or will he voluntarily return to the US in order to finally end this 32 year debacle? We don't know yet. Hell, even Polanski's own legal team aren't working in concert. And while he is an incredible artist, he's also a rapist. The legalities are more complicated than that, but the fact remains that he is a rapist, and that's not something that should be, nay can be, overlooked.