Ewan McGregor's wife convinced him to direct 'American Pastoral'.

Ewan McGregor'

Ewan McGregor'

The actor was attached to star in the movie for many years but when the project found itself without a director, Ewan says his spouse Eve encouraged him to helm the movie.

He told Variety: "Honestly, it [was] my wife, Eve. When we lost the director in late 2014, she said I should do it. I had been looking to director for 20 years and it was never the right opportunity but this one just came together. I spent a day with the script, really being honest about playing the role and having the bigger picture in my head. I suggested myself to the Lakeshore producers and after giving them that big picture, they shortly after let me direct it.

"It was sort of a series of happy coincidences. I was attached to act in it for a number of years. And I never thought about directing because there was always someone else attached to it or it was director-less."

Dakota Fanning co-stars in the movie with Ewan and Jennifer Connelly and she praised his directing skills.

She said: "He's just a lovely person to be around. Getting to know him was a wonderful part of my life and getting to be part of his first time directing, I think it's something he'll remember and I'm so thrilled to be a part of that."

Jennifer added: "He's very confident as a director and he really created a very nice environment for everyone to collaborate in."

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