BRAVO TO TRAVEL WITH EWAN MCGREGOR AND CHARLEY BOORMAN ON THEIR GLOBAL MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE IN NEW SERIES ‘LONG WAY ROUND’
ADVENTURE/REALITY SERIES TO BEGIN FILMING IN APRIL
BURBANK, Calif. -– March 8, 2004 –- Actors and friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman will star in and co-produce a new Bravo series chronicling their four-month transcontinental journey by motorcycle, "Long Way Round," it was announced today by Jeff Gaspin, President, Bravo. The series will air later this year.
Six one-hour episodes have been ordered of this first person account detailing the events of their upcoming transcontinental motorcycle ride.
"We are thrilled about the opportunity to be a part of Ewan and Charley's upcoming adventure," said Gaspin. "`Long Way Round' will offer viewers a unique point of view of the world through the eyes and voices of these two talented and daring individuals. It's a perfect fit for Bravo."
"We live in such a comfortable and easy time that it doesn't do yourself any harm to go and test yourselves and survive with just the bare essentials," said McGregor. "This is something that I've always wanted to do, it's a challenge."
Currently training in the UK for this event, McGregor and Boorman will begin their journey in late April starting in London. The pair plans to arrive at their final destination of New York City, by the end of July. This journey will be made by motorbike, with one train, plane and boat to get them across the seas. Both men will undergo training in a variety of areas including nutrition, self-defense, first aid, off road skills, bike maintenance, basic foreign language and cultural awareness skills and hostile environment training from former UK Special Forces Soldiers.
"Long Way Round" will show the actors in a way the audience has never seen them before, utterly left to their own devices and foregoing their more comfortable lifestyle. Their journey is will take them over 20,000 miles, circumnavigating the longest continuous landmass on earth through the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Siberia, Alaska and Canada before arriving in the Untied States. Undoubtedly, they will encounter hardships along the way, including cultural and language barriers as they pitch tent and attempt to live off the land. The journey is not only a test of their endurance, but a cultural lesson too as they will take part in a range of activities native to the lands they traverse.
McGregor is best known for his movie roles in "Moulin Rouge," "Trainspotting", the "Star Wars" trilogy and more recently starred in the Golden Globe nominated film "Big Fish." Boorman, the son of famed director John Boorman ("Hope and Glory," "Deliverance"), is also a movie veteran with a multitude of screen credits including "Deliverance," "Excalibur," "The Serpent's Kiss," "The Emerald Forest" and many more. The two actors met eight years ago on the set of "Serpent's Kiss," where they discovered their mutual passion for motorcycles and kick-started an enduring friendship.
"Long Way Round" is produced by David Alexanian of Santa Monica based Elixir Films and Russ Malkin of London based Image Wizard TV.
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