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April 26th, 2006 10:58am EDT
Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor was banned from the world's deadliest bike circuit - over fears he would kill himself. The Trainspotting star, who is currently shooting his new film on Britain's Isle of Man, was desperate to try out the notorious nearby TT course, which has claimed a score of lives in the past. But the bike-mad actor was left gutted when he was banned from the race track, because his film bosses feared the actor would end up dead.

However, McGregor, who stars opposite Renée Zellweger in new movie Miss Potter, did not let the set-back ruin his time on the island and opted for a museum visit instead.

He said: "I wasn't able to ride because I'm not allowed when I'm working. But I've had a great time here. I've visited the bike museum - and I've actually bought an old bike to add to my collection."

The Star Wars star famously travelled around the world on his motorbike, with actor friend Charley Boorman, and the adventure was turned into a book and TV show, Long Way Round.