MOVIE NEWS – It took Ewan McGregor a long time to return to the Star Wars franchise, but now he’s staying as long as he can breathe…
It’s taken almost two decades for Ewan McGregor to return to the Star Wars franchise, but the actor is keen to stay on if he can. Although the Obi-Wan Kenobi series bridges the gap between the prequels and the original Star Wars, McGregor believes there is still more to be told from the Jedi Master’s story. With the series coming to Disney+ in two weeks, there’s a strong feeling that fans would love to see more Obi-Wan in future projects.
Although McGregor is currently on a promotional tour for the series, he previously spoke to the latest issue of Total Film about how much he enjoyed returning to the character after such a long time away. Here’s what he had to say:
“It was nice to come back and to bridge that gap between me and Alec Guinness[‘s version from A New Hope].”
“I got as much, or more, out of playing him this time than I did in the first three movies put together. That’s to do with the writing, and the people we were making the series with, and the technology, and how different everything is. … [If] we were to get an opportunity to do it again, I’d be totally up for that. I’m very happy to be able to make people happy.”
“People wanted this spinoff, whether it was going to be a movie or a TV show, and I’m so happy to have been able to do it. I understand, maybe more, people’s love for Star Wars. It’s an important part of my life, and whether I like it or not, that’s the case. But I do like it. So it’s great.”
The character of Obi-Wan Kenobi goes through a significant change between what we see at the end of Revenge of the Sith and the plot of 1977’s Star Wars.
McGregor added that he thinks Obi-Wan’s path in the new series is dark and painful. “He’s lost touch with everybody. He’s trying not to live the life of a Jedi. He’s lost his faith. He’s somewhat broken. He’s lost his best friend and his brother to the Dark Side, and he feels responsible for that. He feels like it’s his fault in a way. He carries a lot of guilt because he wasn’t able to stop it from happening. They lost Padmé. He’s in a very dark place.”
Source: Total Film