Ewan McGregor loves his new, creepy-looking 'Fargo' character Ray Stussy

Bryan Alexander
Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy.

The world has finally met Ray Stussy from season three of Fargo. And Ewan McGregor is thrilled to bring the character to the world, even if he is totally unrecognizable.

When McGregor, 45, is told the obvious — that he looks nothing remotely like Ray — he replies, "That's a compliment, right?"

McGregor is a fan of the paunchy, balding character seen in a teaser trailer released last week for Fargo, which debuts its third season on FX April 19.

"It's just great. I love Ray very much and I think people will enjoy him," says McGregor.

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McGregor actually plays two characters in Fargo's third season: Emmit Stussy is the handsome, self-made, American success story — the "Parking Lot King of Minnesota." Ray is his younger brother, a balding and pot-bellied parole officer. Ray blames his brother for his problems, which spells trouble for Emmit.

In the teaser, Ray is looking shifty at a diner with his parolee girlfriend, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

He kept Ray's looks a secret.

"There was not one paparazzi shot, not one fan shot that ended up online. Because no one knew it was me," says McGregor. "That's amazing. I didn’t want anyone to know until they were ready to reveal Ray, I didn’t want anyone to spoil it."

McGregor required two and a half hours of makeup, two prosthetic pieces and a receding-hair wig. Amazingly, he looks far better playing recovering heroin addict Mark Renton inT2 Trainspotting, which begins a limited run in theaters Friday, the follow-up to his 1996 role in Trainspotting.

Ewan McGregor

In T2, Renton has replaced his heroin habit with a different kind of addiction: athletic training. "He’s not doing too badly when we meet him, other than what’s going on in his head," says McGregor, who adds that director Danny Boyle didn't allow for Hollywood make-up.

"The lighting was quite harsh. They certainly played into every wrinkle in my face, that’s for sure," says McGregor. "There was nowhere to hide in that respect."