Ewan McGregor Takes A Major Pay Cut For New Role

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LONDON (May 12, 2007) — Ewan McGregor may earn millions making movies, but the actor has decided to perform Shakespeare on the London stage for minimum wage.

The 36-year-old star, known for Hollywood roles such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, will earn $790 a week — standard minimum wage for actors in Britain — playing Shakespeare’s arch villain Iago in “Othello,” Donmar Warehouse spokeswoman Kate Morley said Saturday.

McGregor was recruited for the role by Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage, who worked with the actor on the musical “Guys and Dolls.” The production marks Grandage’s fifth anniversary as the acclaimed theater’s artistic director.

It opens on Dec. 4 with Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as Othello and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona.

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