Ewan McGregor wanted father role in The Impossible

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Based on a true story, this is an account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
September 19th, 2012

Ewan McGregor took on his latest film role in 'The Impossible' because he got to play a father.

The 41-year-old actor - who has four children with his production designer wife Eve Mavrakis said fatherhood heavily influenced his decision to accept the part in the thriller because he's never played a dad before.

He said: ''I wanted very much to do this film because I'm a father, you know? I have four children now, and I've never really explored being a parent in a film before.

''It's odd because I've been a father for 15 years and yet I've never really played ... I can't think of one, I've never really played a dad or explored what it means to be a dad.''

Ewan - who is most known for his roles in 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Trainspotting' - plays father Henry in the film, and he thought his accent helped him bring the part to life.

The Scottish star added to FlicksandBits.com: ''I felt that I wanted to make Henry much more like me - because I thought I could play a character, but I wanted to explore being a parent against this terrible backdrop, this horrible disaster.

''I thought the most effective way to do that was to play Henry as me. So I used my own voice, I didn't use an accent, I didn't make any attempt to sound English as opposed to Scottish - because my children don't have Scottish accents and they've grown up with me all of their lives.''

The film - which also stars Naomi Watts - depicts one family's struggle to survive a festive nightmare, after the boxing day tsunami hit Thailand in 2004.