Ewan McGregor makes a tough choice
How would you feel if you had the chance to work with movie star Ewan McGregor?
It’s 2004 and Ewan McGregor and his friend Charlie Boorman plan the trip of a lifetime: They want to ride their motorcycles all the way through Europe, Russia, Mongolia – back to the infamous “Road of Bones” in Siberia, over to Alaska and finally to New York.
A four months adventure over 30,000 miles. Anything could happen. Exciting!
This road trip is a major operation. A full support team, corporate sponsors and a film crew spend nearly a year preparing for the trip. Most important: A cameraman will drive with Ewan and Charlie, filming their adventures so that their trip can be released as a documentary that will be known as “Long Way Round”.
It’s just days before their departure when they discover a small detail that can kill the whole project: Their chosen cameraman Claudio von Planta has a driving license – but it’s not valid in the UK. Even worse: His Swiss passport doesn’t have enough space for all the visas required. Ewan, Charlie and the producers are in shock.
There is a glimpse of hope, though: Claudio manages to get a driving test on Wednesday morning. He’s all sunshine and not worried at all (“Ewan and Charlie like you because you are so laid back – but there is laid back and… …laid back” says their producer).
Then Wednesday comes, Claudio takes the driving test, forgets one time to look over his shoulder – and fails!
72 hours before their departure Ewan McGregor faces a tough choice: His cameraman lacks the basic documents needed to actually do his job. They haven’t even smelled gasoline, but already Claudio is proving to be a lot of trouble.
Should Ewan find someone else?
Ewan is a movie star. He knows great cameramen and wonderful directors. He is also a longtime biker – lots of motorbike enthusiasts would love to join him on an adventure. Considering his options Ewan realizes that his choice is hard, but easy:
Claudio von Planta was a pain up until now. But he is an experienced cameraman, who also knows how to direct documentaries and can ride a motorcycle off-roads while additionally knows how to handle dangerous situations, because he used to be a war correspondent.
The three words that got Claudio the job, are also the ones that ensure that he keeps his job. There simply is nobody else with this combination of abilities.
So, Ewan swallows the bitter pill and gives Claudio the time to take another driving test, he pays for the airplane ticket of Claudio’s mum (so that she can personally deliver a new passport, with enough space for visas) – and he even accepts that Claudio will join them a bit later than planned.
Claudio von Planta gets to go on an adventure through all of Europe and North America with his motorbike and a friggin’ movie star.
Not because he was “the best” in anything, but because he was the only one with this specific combination of abilities.
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