Wandering and Wondering

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Movie stars in the desert

Ewan McGregor is currently filming a documentary for the BBC called the Long Way Down, in which he and his friend Charley Boorman are travelling by motorbike from Scotland all the way down to South Africa. When we left Cape Town, we realized that we could actually be crossing paths, so there was a remote possibility that we could meet. As we were driving through the Namibian desert on our way from Sesriem to Swakopmund, Helen was in the front of the truck and noticed some motorbikes stopped on the side of the road just ahead of us. When we got closer, we realised that they had cameras so we stopped the truck and low and behold it was Ewan McGregor and his team. We all piled out of the truck as quickly as we could, and they were happy to chat and let us take some photos:

Ewan McGregor on his bike in Namibia
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Chatting with Ewan McGregor in the Namibian desert

The cameraman was busy taking lots of footage, so with a bit of luck we may make an appearance on the documentary. It goes to air on the BBC in October.

Film crew

After we finished chatting and getting photos, they rode off on their bikes bound for Cape Town, were they are due to arrive in around a week's time.

Ewan McGregor rides off into the distance

They were really nice guys to talk to, even giving us some tips for things to see on the road ahead. The chance meeting turned an otherwise relatively boring day of driving into an experience I'll remember for quite some time.

1 comment:

Darren said...

Woohoo! I just finished reading the "Long Way Down" book, and we got mentioned in one paragraph in the last chapter. Here is the extract:

"Ewan: We met a group of people on an overlander, a big red lorry with seats in the back and a blue canopy stretched over the top. It was full of various nationalities, a few Brits and one Australian who'd watched Long Way Round just before he left. If you jumped an overlander your travelling companions were random; you just showed up at the stop and got aboard. This group was going all the way to Nairobi."