What to do if you are completely, irrationally and compulsively obsessed with someone or something? Write a book, of course!
It was all Ewan McGregor's fault. I am a playwright, and had never thought of writing a book until five years ago, when I saw this handsome and talented young actor in London, playing the part of Sky Masterson in a revival of the musical "Guys and Dolls." It was a show I hadn't even planned to see, but a poster outside the theater drew me irresistibly in. As luck - or fate - would have it, there was one seat left, a box seat, and I threw down my credit card without another thought.
The box was just above Stage Left. When Ewan McGregor sauntered in, wearing a three-piece white suit and a jaunty blue Fedora on the back of his head, he happened to glance up at the box with a little smile. In that one fleeting moment my life was forever changed, for here was the perfect Teddy Soberjowski, the brash and cocky hero of my play, "Boardinghouse Stew" which, like "Guys and Dolls," is set in the 1940s.
Instantly, I became obsessed with the idea, if not with Ewan McGregor himself, that he should take the part of Teddy in a new production of the play. But how to entice a rising young British movie star to act in a little-known American play? Even in my wildest dreams, I realized how impossible that would be. Undaunted, I saw "Guys and Dolls" three times, and tried (unsuccessfully) each time to get backstage to talk to my idol personally.