Sundance: Ewan McGregor Explains What It's Like to Portray Jesus (Video)

The actor stars in 'Last Days in the Desert,' which premiered in Park City on Sunday.

Ewan McGregor is the latest actor to take on the formidable task of portraying Jesus. 

The actor stars in Last Days in the Desert, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

McGregor, along with Garcia and co-star Tye Sheridan, stopped by The Hollywood Reporter's Sundance lounge to chat about the film. 

"It was hugely exciting because its such a beautiful, unusual script. Really special writing," McGregor said. "The idea of playing Jesus is really intimidating. And so very quickly I stopped sort of worrying myself about the idea of playing Jesus, but to look at playing a man who's trying to communicate with his father and who's finding it frustrating and difficult to do so.

"And I think that that's the truth of what was happening there with Jesus in the desert, and when I started focusing on that it became much less daunting, really," he explained. 

 

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