Ewan McGregor has revealed he had a mole removed after a doctor discovered "a little skin cancer" beneath his right eye.

The Star Wars actor has explained that medical experts advised him to have the growths removed after he had been for a routine check-up.

Talking to the BBC while promoting his upcoming erotic thriller Deception, the 37-year-old said he is now fine and that the mole removal is "not that big of a deal".

"I just went to have them checked, you have to be careful if you're pale skinned and you spend time in the sun, with moles," he explained.

"So I went to see a specialist who thought they were better to be removed and indeed he was correct."

When asked if he had been at all frightened by his brief experience with the disease, he joked: "It was great fun having skin cancer, it was great, I really enjoyed it."

As well as starring alongside Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in Deception - set for UK release on Friday April 22nd - the Scottish actor is currently working with Jim Carrey on I Love You Philip Morris.

However, he dismissed suggestions that some critics had dubbed the dark comedy 'Brokeback Prison', due to its tale of male inmates in love.

"That's putting it in a box before it's even started being made," said McGregor

"It's a story about two men who are in love, so in that respect - Brokeback Mountain was a film about two men who are in love. There the similarity ends, I would say."

22/04/2008 12:18:26