Ewan McGregor takes on the role of a father and husband who overcomes nearly insurmountable odds in order to reunite his family in The Impossible co-starring Naomi Watts and Tom Holland. Based on the true story of one family's experiences during the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, McGregor and Watts both credit the real people who lived through the disaster as providing an incredible resource in tackling their mentally and physically different roles.
"There's something very immediate and brutal about the script, and it's very sparse of dialogue," explained McGregor. "It was a very, very well written script. I worked from that really, and from what I knew from speaking to [the real man] who I play. Although I didn't get a chance to meet him before we started shooting, I spoke to him on the phone. The writer and the director, who were present all the time, knew him very well. I had all my sort of character needs taken care of there."
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