Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt were relieved to find chemistry on the set of their new film, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," despite never officially meeting prior to their first rehearsal.
"We met properly for the first time in the rehearsal room and it's always been, I mean thank God I was working with someone as lovely as you. You never know when you sign up for a film, what it's going to be like and this film is so chemistry-based that I lucked out," Blunt told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a satellite interview for the film.
"We lucked out," McGregor corrected. "It was lovely. It was lovely to work with you."
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" follows a sheik who enlists Britain's leading fisheries expert Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) with the seemingly impossible task of bringing salmon fishing to the Yemen Desert. Though Dr. Jones deems the dream impossible, the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary, Harriet, deems it a perfect "good will" story and the pair go about creating the impossible.
"Funnily enough, it's about salmon fishing in the Yemen. And they were up all night thinking of the title for the film," McGregor joked. "No, the truth is, it's adapted from a novel and that's the title of the novel and there was lots of talk about changing the title, but everyone agreed that it's quite a fine title because it's a bit quirky and unusual."
McGregor told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he knew Blunt was going to be a great co-star on their first day of filming, when she helped him make a decision about his character.
"I was using an accent that I wasn't sure I was going to use in the film. It's an accent that's a little uptight and not sexy at all and one of the first things we talked about when we met was this accent," McGregor told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "The writer of the book, Simon Beaufoy suggested I use it. I said to Emily, 'I don't know if I should use it or not' and she said, 'Well, let's read it and we read it with that and she said, 'You've got to do it!' But from that, I knew there was someone there that was really willing to have fun and that I knew I was safe with. We like to act where we're not really sure what's going to happen beforehand, we don't really talk about it too much."
"It was so funny! And it makes the character sound really uptight and there's such a charm to him," Blunt concurred.
"The book was written by a man in his sixties and it was the first thing he'd ever written, so it has sort of an older generation feel to it," McGregor said before quickly joking, "But it's very current, and modern and young as well!"
But part of the film's charm seems to be in the seemingly uptight characters, who find love in the unlikeliest circumstances.
"I think that's what's nice about, even the relationship between these two, that there was a formality and a sense of decorum and they called each other Miss Harriet Chetwode-Talbot and Dr. Jones. I thought that was very lovely, there was something kind of timeless about it," Blunt said. "It's continually surprising throughout the film. I think everyone I know that has seen it, went in thinking it was one thing and their perspective has been shifted by the end, which is nice I think."
Blunt, a British actress, recently appeared opposite Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau." She is also known for her role as a snotty fashion magazine assistant in the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada." Blunt tied the knot with "The Office" star John Krasinski on July 10, 2010 after dating for two years.
McGregor is a Scottish actor who rose to fame after starring in movies like "Trainspotting" and "Moulin Rouge." He has been married to wife Eve since 1995. They have three children.
McGregor recently appeared in "Beginners," which is about a young man whose father comes out as gay late in life. His co-star Christopher Plummer won his first Oscar for the role as his father, making him the oldest Oscar winner at age 82.
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is slated for release on Friday, March 9. Watch a trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).