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McGregor's doubts over TV role

Ewan McGregor has admitted to hesitating before he signed on for American series The Corrections.

The Scottish star, who hasn't appeared in a TV acting role since he made a cameo on medical drama ER in 1997, needed a bit of persuasion before he agreed to play middle child Chip in the forthcoming small-screen adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel, alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Greta Gerwig, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest.

"I did have a one week of kind of, 'Oh my God it's TV, should I do TV?'. After I went over to meet the director and Jonathan Franzen and Scott Rudin, the producer, I was totally in," he told Collider.com.

"It's lovely writing, Noah and Jonathan Franzen wrote the scripts together, so it's really good quality stuff. I just think it's a quality piece of work and having the opportunity to play a character at that length will be really interesting.

"Over four years, four months of each year I'll be exploring this guy Chip in that story, so it'll be great," he added.

Ewan - who next stars in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen with Emily Blunt - also revealed that the pilot has been shot.

Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest are to portray the parents of the dysfunctional family.

In The Corrections, which spans three decades, the family members gather for one last Christmas together as the head of the family reveals he is losing his mind to dementia.

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