Monday, July 21, 2008

THE second marathon motorcycle adventure for Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor and longtime friend Charley Boorman has ended.

They rode BMW R 1200GS Adventure motorcycles 25,000km from Scotland to South Africa and called the adventure Long Way Down.

It follows their round-the-world trip of 2004, called Long Way Round, which was an international best-selling book, DVD and pay TV series.

The Long Way Down book, DVD and TV series is also expected to attract massive attention.

Apart from the attention their journeys have focused on adventure travel and BMW bikes, this journey will also feature the two Nissan Patrol support vehicles, driven by co-directors and executive producers Russ Malkin and David Alexanian.

The vehicles are 3-litre turbo diesels loaded with video editing equipment, medical supplies, tools, food, water, clothing, mechanical spares and camping equipment.

And all this was packed inside the vehicle as there were tents on the roof so the crew could sleep out of harm's way of wild animals.

"The cars were amazing – just one puncture along the way and they didn't let us down once," said Malkin.

"I finished on the same four tires I left on."

The vehicles were heavily modified for the journey, including bigger fuel tanks with 720km of range.

Along the way, the crew and the vehicles have had to cope with a variety of difficult terrain, wild animals and weather conditions from the freezing cold of northern Scotland to the intense dry heat of the deserts.

Ewan said the most extreme heat he had ever experienced was in the Sudan.

"Like all of these things they are incredibly good fun in retrospect. There are moments when you think 'What the hell am I doing?'.

"The tough stuff is what you remember afterwards – you don't really remember the easy stuff."

The Long Way Down team has visited famous sites such as the Axum temple and the Ark of the Covenant, suffered many bike crashes on rugged surfaces and had encounters with many wild animals such as gorillas and elephants.

"One of the things that we wanted to do was to show the true and real side of Africa – all its many faces," said McGregor.

"We think of famine and we think of wildlife, and Africa's got everything in-between. We've found that every country has its own identity and is very, very different from the last."

Long Way Down

Fathom and Wasserman Media Group are proud to present the Elixir Films and Big Earth production of Long Way Down – the ultimate motorcycle adventure - on the big screen. This unique event will be shown in select local movie theatres for one night only, on Thursday, July 31st at 7:30pm! This is your only chance to see a Fathom exclusive cut of Long Way Down – Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!, Trainspotting) and Charley Boorman’s (Actor and Motorcycle Fanatic) 15,000 mile motorcycle journey from Scotland to South Africa on the big screen. Join McGregor and Boorman as they face many challenges from the unknown and unforgiving terrain that test their endurance, driving skills and push their friendship to the limit.

Go see it!!

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