I just marathon watched, on dvd, the entire 10 episode series “Long Way Round” starring Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor. Holy crap, if you don’t know this show, go rent it, buy it, catch it on OLN.
It’s fucking fantastic.
These guys rode their motorcycles around the world, starting in London and finishing in New York. It took them 3 1/2 months. I figured I could sit down for 10 hours and watch it through… I mean 10 hours for 3 1/2 months? The least I could do.
It’s fascinating to watch a guy like McGregor put himself through this. I mean, he’s like this generations Harrison Ford. But I figured off screen he was a big pussy. You know… Like me.
Here, he’s actually living an adventure that would be beyond most peoples imaginations. Him and his buddy Charley (and cameraman Claudio Von Planta) push themselves to the limit. It’s not very often you get to see celebrities on the verge of losing their minds, but you see it here. Their most private, vulnerable moments are there. It’s so incredibly honest.
I mean, can you imagine having you bike break down in the mud in the middle of Mongolia where the nearest person is literally hundreds of miles away?
It happens to them, and it’s more gripping than any film I’ve seen in a long time. Watching them, tired and in tears debating about whether to take a short-cut to the nearest “road” had me bawling like a child.
It really is unbelievable. I’ve always admired McGregor, but watching this, he and Charley Boorman (and Claudio) are like my heroes now…
I mean, not only am I afraid of traveling, but I can’t even take a bike on a major highway… I’m thin, i’ll get sucked under a truck…
It’s a lesson to all writers, actors and on-screen personalities. Showing someone doing something daring or dangerous isn’t the risky part. It’s letting people see that they’re scared doing it… That’s the real risk.
Anyway, I hardly ever “recommend” things, but this is totally worth seeing.
And watch it straight through if you can…
At the very least, get high and watch McGregor’s beard grow.