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Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in The Impossible

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in The Impossible

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in The Impossible

Ewan McGregor has revealed he and Naomi Watts, and the crew of their new film The Impossible, enjoyed hanging out together at a beach bar in Thailand.

The Moulin Rouge star said it was important to make the most of their downtime on the movie, as the subject matter - about one family's experience when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck - was so heavy.

Ewan said: "We were able to enjoy ourselves outside the film - we had to really because it's quite bleak subject matter.

"We were all in Thailand together and so on the evenings and weekends as a crew and a cast we would hang out - we found this little beach bar called Memories we liked to hang out at."

The film is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, and Ewan admitted the tsunami tragedy of 2004 was a difficult topic.

He said: "We were walking a fine line in terms of making a film about the tsunami but always making a film about this family's story. We felt that was the way to be respectful. And that's what attracted me to the script, I felt it was a very honest and true piece of writing."

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