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Ewan McGregor revisits 'Moulin Rouge' with tribute to David Bowie's 'Heroes'

David Bowie may have died in early January, but many of his fans are still in mourning — like Ewan McGregor, who sang a moving tribute to the late artist/musician/actor on stage in Hollywood on Monday.

McGregor, who along with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann paid tribute to Bowie's music in 2001's "Moulin Rouge," is clearly a fan. In the film, McGregor's character Christian sings of his love for Satine (Nicole Kidman) in "Elephant Love Medley," a collection of sampled pop music tracks — including Bowie's 1977 hit "Heroes."

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Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in "Moulin Rouge."

And that's the tune McGregor took on at the Roxy in West Hollywood on Monday, a performance captured in a video on YouTube:

McGregor also paid homage to Bowie in 1998's "Velvet Goldmine," where he was an Iggy Pop-like figure alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers' David Bowie stand-in.

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And on the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, Bowie got even more play, with versions of Bowie's then-fresh take on Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" and Beck's cover of Bowie's 1974 song "Diamond Dogs."

McGregor wasn't the only one honoring Bowie on Monday evening; Billboard reports that Gary Oldman sang "The Man Who Sold the World," while Seal dug deep into the back catalog and performed "Bring Me the Disco King."

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