The Island - Production Notes
Last Update: 24 July 2005
EWAN McGREGOR (Lincoln Six-Echo/Tom Lincoln) is an award-winning actor,
who is known for both his versatility and eclectic choice of roles.
He is perhaps best known to today's film audiences for his portrayal of
Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas' second blockbuster "Star Wars" trilogy. He
most recently reprised the role for the final film in the franchise, "Star Wars:
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."
Born in Scotland, McGregor gained his first acting experience with the Perth
Repertory Theatre and later attended London's Guildhall School of Music and
Drama. Six months before graduating, he won a leading role in Dennis Potter's
six-part BBC series "Lipstick on Your Collar," and has been working steadily ever
since. He made his feature film debut in 1993 in Bill Forsyth's "Being Human."
The following year, he earned widespread praise and won an Empire Award for
his performance in the thriller "Shallow Grave," which marked his first
collaboration with director Danny Boyle.
In 1996, he reunited with Boyle to star in the darkly disturbing drama
"Trainspotting." McGregor's wrenching portrayal of junkie Mark Renton brought
him international acclaim and many awards, including the London Film Critics
Circle, Empire, and BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Actor.
His other early film credits include the romantic comedy "Emma," opposite
Gwyneth Paltrow; "Brassed Off" and "Little Voice," both for director Mark
Herman; Philippe Rousselot's drama "The Serpent's Kiss"; Danny Boyle's "A Life
Less Ordinary," with Cameron Diaz, for which McGregor won another Empire
Award; and Todd Haynes' acclaimed "Velvet Goldmine." During this time,
McGregor also had a memorable guest role on the hit television drama "ER," for
which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor.
In 2001, McGregor starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's
extravagant, groundbreaking film musical "Moulin Rouge!" The film garnered
numerous honors, and McGregor was recognized with the London Film Critics
Circle Award, an Empire Award, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
That same year, McGregor co-starred in Ridley Scott's harrowing war drama
"Black Hawk Down." His recent film work also includes starring roles in the
critically acclaimed "Young Adam"; the romantic comedy "Down With Love,"
opposite Renée Zellweger; Tim Burton's acclaimed fantasy "Big Fish," with
Albert Finney; and the hit animated comedy "Robots."
Following "The Island," McGregor will next be seen in Marc Forster's drama
"Stay," starring opposite Naomi Watts. Recently returning to the stage, he is
currently starring in the lead role of Sky Masterson in the Donmar Warehouse
production of "Guys and Dolls" in London's West End.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON (Jordan Two-Delta/Sarah Jordan) has segued from being
an award-winning child actress to one of the most sought-after leading ladies in
the industry. A three-time Golden Globe nominee, she gained her latest
nomination earlier this year for her work opposite John Travolta in the
independent drama "A Love Song for Bobby Long." In 2004, she earned dual
Golden Globe nominations: one for the title role in "Girl With a Pearl Earring,"
and a second for her performance in Sophia Coppola's sophomore film, "Lost in
Translation," in which Johansson starred with Bill Murray. In addition, she was
recognized with BAFTA Award nominations for both films, winning the Best
Actress Award for "Lost in Translation." Johansson's work in "Lost in
Translation" also brought her honors from several critics groups, and she
won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Johansson ended 2004 starring with Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace in the
Weitz brothers' hit comedy-drama "In Good Company." She stars in Woody
Allen's new film, "Match Point," which premiered to rave reviews at the 2005
Cannes Film Festival. Johansson also has several films upcoming, including the
crime drama "The Black Dahlia," in which she stars with Josh Hartnett under the
direction of Brian De Palma; and Woody Allen's untitled fall project for 2006.
A native New Yorker, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age
of eight in the off-Broadway production of "Sophistry," with Ethan Hawke, at
New York's Playwrights Horizons. She made her feature film debut in Rob
Reiner's comedy "North," and was also seen in such films as the thriller "Just
Cause," with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne; the comedy "If Lucy Fell";
and the critically praised "Manny & Lo," for which she earned an Independent
Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.
However, it was in Robert Redford's 1998 drama "The Horse Whisperer" that
Johansson delivered a breakthrough performance as Grace MacLean, the
teenage girl traumatized by a terrible riding accident. Two years later, she
again garnered acclaim for her work in Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World," winning a
Best Supporting Actress Award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson
also co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand in the Coen
brothers' dark drama "The Man Who Wasn't There." Her additional film credits
include "An American Rhapsody" and "The Perfect Score."
DJIMON HOUNSOU (Albert Laurent) was honored with an Academy Award®
nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Mateo,
the loner whose life is changed by his friendship with two young girls, in Jim
Sheridan's immigrant tale "In America." He was also named the 2004 ShoWest
Supporting Actor of the Year and was among the "In America" cast members
who shared in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding
Hounsou had previously received a SAG Award nomination as a part of the cast
of Ridley Scott's Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Gladiator," in which he co-starred
with Russell Crowe. Early in his film career, he earned a Golden Globe
nomination and won an Image Award for his performance as Cinque, the
captured African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom, in Steven Spielberg's
historical drama "Amistad."
Hounsou more recently co-starred in the action thriller "Constantine," with
Keanu Reeves, and then appeared in the comedy "Beauty Shop," joining an
ensemble cast led by Queen Latifah. His additional film credits include Jan de
Bont's actioner "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," starring Angelina
Jolie; "Biker Boyz," with Laurence Fishburne; Shekhar Kapur's period drama "The
Four Feathers," with Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson; and the thriller "Deep
On television, Hounsou had a memorable six-episode arc as an African refugee
seeking asylum on the series "ER." Last season, he had a recurring role as a
villain on the ABC series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner.
A native of Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris when he was 13. At
the age of 22, he was discovered by noted fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who
enlisted him for several design campaigns, as well as his book Thierry Mugler's
Photographs. Hounsou was also one of the late Herb Ritts' subjects in the book
Men and Women. He was subsequently spotted by director David Fincher, who
cast him in three music videos: Steve Winwood's "Roll With It," Madonna's
"Express Yourself" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up." He also appeared in Janet
Jackson's video "Love Will Never Do Without You." Small film parts followed
before he landed his first major role in 1997's "Amistad."
SEAN BEAN (Merrick) has enjoyed success on the stage and screen, both in the
U.S. and in his native England. He recently portrayed the fallen hero Boromir in
Peter Jackson's multiple Oscar®-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, first
appearing in "The Fellowship of the Ring," and reprising his role in "The Two
Towers" and "The Return of the King." Bean was among the main cast honored
with Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice, and National Board of Review Awards
for Best Ensemble for the final installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King."
In 2004, Bean starred in Jon Turteltaub's hit action adventure "National
Treasure," and played the legendary Odysseus in Wolfgang Petersen's epic
"Troy." Following "The Island," Bean stars in two more films due out later this
year: the thriller "Flightplan," with Jodie Foster, and the horror thriller "The
Dark." His upcoming films also include an as-yet-untitled drama for director
Niki Caro, in which he stars with Charlize Theron, and the horror thriller "Silent
A classically trained actor, Bean graduated with honors from the Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts in London. He later became a member of the Royal
Shakespeare Company and also appeared in a number of plays in London's West
End and at the Glasgow Citizen Theatre. Segueing to film and television, he
won critical acclaim with his breakout role in Jim Sheridan's 1990 drama "The
Field," opposite Richard Harris. In 1992, he starred as a terrorist seeking
vengeance for the death of his brother, squaring off with Harrison Ford in
The following year, Bean took on what would become one of his signature roles
when he was cast as author Bernard Cornwall's beloved hero of the Napoleonic
Wars, Richard Sharpe, in the television movie "Sharpe's Rifles." Like the novel
upon which it was based, the 1993 telefilm proved so popular that it spawned
14 sequels between 1994 and 1997 and gave Bean an international fan
He continued to work in feature films, and includes among his additional credits
the James Bond actioner "GoldenEye," "Anna Karenina," "Ronin," "Essex Boys,"
"Tom & Thomas," "Equilibrium" and "The Big Empty."
In 2002, Bean made a triumphant return to the stage for the first time in more
than a decade, receiving rave reviews for his performance in the title role of
Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in London's West End.
STEVE BUSCEMI (McCord) is an award-winning actor, who has also received
praise for his work as a writer and director. In 2002, he won both the
Independent Spirit and AFI Film Awards, and earned a Golden Globe nomination
for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Terry Zwigoff's offbeat
comedy-drama "Ghost World." His work in that film also brought him Best
Supporting Actor awards from critics groups, including the New York Film Critics,
Chicago Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics.
Buscemi has also been honored for his work on the small screen, earning an
Emmy nomination for the role of Tony Blundetto on the HBO series "The
Sopranos," as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding
Ensemble in a Drama Series, shared with the entire cast.
One of today's most prolific actors, Buscemi has been seen in more than 90
films, ranging from smaller independent features to blockbuster releases. He
previously collaborated with "The Island" director Michael Bay in "Armageddon,"
and has also been seen in such action hits as "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost
Dreams" and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," both for director Robert Rodriguez; the
Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Con Air"; and John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A."
Additionally, he has earned acclaim for his work in a number of independent
features, including his Independent Spirit Award-winning performance as Mr.
Pink in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"; Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train,"
for which he earned another Spirit Award nomination; Tim Burton's "Big Fish";
the Coen brothers' "Fargo"; Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; Tom DiCillo's "Living in
Oblivion"; and Alexandre Rockwell's "In the Soup," to name only a few.
His long list of film credits goes on to include HBO's "The Laramie Project," the
animated smash "Monsters, Inc.," "Mr. Deeds," "The Grey Zone," "28 Days,"
"The Big Lebowski," "The Wedding Singer," "Desperado," "Things to Do in
Denver When You're Dead," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Billy Bathgate" and
"Miller's Crossing." His upcoming film projects include "Romance & Cigarettes,"
"Art School Confidential" and "Monster House," and he will also be heard as the
voice of Templeton the Rat in the animated feature "Charlotte's Web."
Behind the camera, Buscemi has earned recognition for his work as a writer and
director. His first project was a short film entitled "What Happened to Pete,"
which was featured at several film festivals, including Rotterdam and Locarno,
and aired on the Bravo Network. He made his feature film directorial debut with
"Trees Lounge," which he also wrote and starred in. The film premiered in the
Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and brought Buscemi two
Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First
Screenplay. His second feature film as a director was "Animal Factory," based
on a book by Edward Bunker, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film
Festival. He most recently directed "Lonesome Jim," which debuted at the 2005
Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Buscemi earned Emmy and Directors Guild
of America (DGA) Award nominations for his directing work on the "Pine Barrens"
episode of "The Sopranos," and another DGA Award nomination for the
"Finnegan's Wake" episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street."
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (Starkweather) was catapulted to stardom with his
unforgettable performance as John Coffey in Frank Darabont's gripping
adaptation of Stephen King's "The Green Mile." For his poignant portrayal of
the gentle giant who is wrongly condemned for a murder he did not commit,
Duncan received a number of Best Supporting Actor honors, including an
Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a Screen Actors
Guild (SAG) Award nomination, an Image Award nomination, and a Critics'
Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics. He was also named the Male
Star of Tomorrow at the 2000 ShoWest Convention. In addition, Duncan
shared in a SAG Award nomination received by the entire cast of "The Green
Duncan most recently co-starred with Bruce Willis in the innovative crime drama
"Sin City," directed by Robert Rodriguez from the graphic novel by Frank Miller.
The film marked Duncan's third teaming with Willis, following the crime comedy
"The Whole Nine Yards" and the sci-fi blockbuster "Armageddon," directed by
Michael Bay. It was Willis, in fact, who called director Frank Darabont to
suggest Duncan for his breakthrough role in "The Green Mile" after they worked
together in "Armageddon."
Duncan's other film work includes the independent action comedy "D.E.B.S.";
"Daredevil," with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; "The Scorpion King," starring
The Rock; Tim Burton's "Planet Of The Apes," with Mark Wahlberg; "See Spot
Run"; "A Night at the Roxbury"; and Warren Beatty's "Bulworth."
With his distinctive deep voice, Duncan is also one of the busiest voiceover
actors in the business. He can be heard in such films as "Racing Stripes,"
"Delgo," "Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone," "Brother Bear," "George of
the Jungle 2" and "Cats & Dogs."
On television, Duncan has guest starred on numerous series, most recently
including "George Lopez" and "CSI: NY."
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