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Good stuff at Cannes, says Ewan

Ewan McGregor revealed he has done no preparation for his role as one of the jurors who will decide who takes home the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Trainspotting actor is one of a nine-strong panel responsible for judging the films and awarding the coveted Palme d'Or prize this year.

But he told a press conference: "I looked through the prog yesterday when I arrived and had unpacked all my suits. I lay on the bed and had a look and went 'F****** hell, there's some good stuff in here'. But apart from that, I haven't swotted up on anything."

Ewan joins actress Diane Kruger and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier on the jury for the south of France festival.

The group also includes Wuthering Heights director Andrea Arnold and is headed by Italian actor/director Nanni Moretti. American filmmaker Alexander Payne, whose films include Election and Sideways, is also on the jury.

Ewan said it was an "enormous honour" to be part of the panel and he didn't feel his position judging his peers was a superior one.

"I don't feel like I'm in some position of great power. There's no feelings of revenge in this," he said. "It's just a celebration of film."

When Andrea was asked what she thought about there being no films in the competition directed by women, she said: "I would absolutely hate it if my film got selected because I was a woman. I would only want my film to be selected for the right reasons and not out of charity for being a woman."

Among the films in the running for the prestigious prize are David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis and Walter Salles's adaptation of the Beat Generation novel On The Road, which features Kristen Stewart alongside Sam Riley and Kirsten Dunst.

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