Ewan McGregor on Reprising Obi-Wan Kenobi Role on Upcoming Series: Its Very Long Process
While it took him such a ‘long process’ to return to the Jedi Master, the Scottish actor notes that he ‘loved’ getting the opportunity to reprise his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the upcoming Disney+ miniseries.
AceShowbiz –Ewan McGregor has opened up about how it feels to return to “Star Wars”. The actor, who shot to fame by playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the mammoth film series and is reprising his role for the upcoming Disney+ miniseries of the same name, admitted that going back the Jedi Master was a “very long process.”
The 51-year-old offered his two cents when speaking to Collider. “It was a very long, slow process of coming back to playing him. It was born of two things. I was just asked a lot. At the end of every interview I ever did, for years, I was asked two things; would I do the sequel to ‘Trainspotting’, and would I ever play Obi-Wan Kenobi again,” he said.
“It was always the last two questions as the publicist is poking her head around the door saying, ‘That’s the last question.’ And so, I just started answering it honestly, and I became more aware of the fondness that the generation that we made the prequels for have for those films,” he addded. “When we made them, we didn’t hear that. We didn’t get that response, really.”
“So, gradually, I started realizing that people really liked them and that they meant a lot to that generation,” the Scottish native further explained. “That warmed my feelings about them, or my experience of being in the ‘Star Wars’ world.”
Though so, Ewan noted that he “loved” getting the opportunity to reprise his role after using his social media platforms to convince Disney to let him take part in the series. “And then, Disney just asked me to come in one day for a meeting because they kept seeing on social media that I was saying that I would like to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again,” he told the outlet.
“It looked like I was touting for work at Disney’s door like, ‘Could you cast me? ‘ So, they got me in and asked me if I meant it and I said, ‘Yeah, I would love to play him again. I think there’s got to be a good story between Episode III and Episode IV,’ ” he elaborate. “That’s definitely what we found, after a lengthy process of exploring some different storylines. I think we’ve ended up with a really brilliant story and one that will satisfy the fans, sitting between those two episodes.”
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