Crieff-born Ewan McGregor says he quit living in the UK after becoming fed up posing for selfies with fans.
The Scots actor said he would walk around London while he lived there with his head down to avoid eye contact with people.
The Trainspotting star called selfies “soulless” and “embarrassing” and said he preferred the days before camera phones, when people would come up to him to ask about his films.
He said even being slagged off by fellow Scots over his “s***” movies was better than standing posing for endless snaps.
McGregor, 48, now lives in Los Angeles and said unwanted attention was one of the factors for moving.
He said: “I don’t want to have to not walk down the street. There are some places where it is easier to do than others.
“It got harder for me in London and I don’t live in London anymore probably, maybe as a result.
“I noticed that when I would go somewhere alone I would be walking very fast with my head down.
“I’m always happy to speak to people if they want to come up and talk about my work, I really am, but it’s turned into just doing selfies with people.
“There is no conversation, there is no communication. All it is is someone comes up and wants a photograph so you stand and you take the photograph and they’re happy and off they go.
“It’s a soulless thing. There’s no exchange of anything.
“Whereas before it used to be ‘Oh I saw you in that movie’. Even if people didn’t like something, especially in Scotland, I would get ‘That movie you were in was s*** by the way’.”