Ewan McGregor on the 'Odd' and 'Fated' Filming of 'Star Wars'

Exploring the unexpected turns in Ewan McGregor's acting journey.

by Nouman Rasool
Ewan McGregor on the 'Odd' and 'Fated' Filming of 'Star Wars'
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Ewan McGregor, celebrated for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, recently opened up about his initial reluctance towards the role. The actor, now 52, reflected on his experience in a candid interview with Variety, revealing insights into his mindset during the filming of the 1999 series.

McGregor, known for his versatile acting skills, admitted that his heart wasn't set on Star Wars when he first took on the role of the iconic Jedi Master. "At that point, I saw myself differently, more aligned with the works of Danny Boyle," McGregor said, referring to his collaboration with the acclaimed director on the 2000 film, "The Beach." This project, he confessed, held more significance for him at the time.

McGregor's Rocky Path

The path wasn't smooth for McGregor, who faced challenges during the filming of "The Beach," leading to his eventual replacement by Leonardo DiCaprio after a dispute with Boyle. Despite this setback, McGregor's journey as Obi-Wan Kenobi was destined to leave a lasting impact.

Reflecting on the initial reception of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, McGregor didn't mince words. "The first film was met with such a lukewarm reception, and yet we had two more to go. It was a peculiar feeling, being part of a project that was received so critically," he recalled.

The experience, however, didn't deter him from completing the trilogy, ultimately cementing his role in the Star Wars saga. McGregor's connection with the character didn't end with the prequels. He lent his voice to the character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) and "The Rise of Skywalker" (2019).

In 2022, he reprised the role in the Disney+ series "Revenge of the Sith," bringing a deeper dimension to the beloved Jedi Master. Despite the rocky start, McGregor acknowledges the cultural significance and fan love for his portrayal of Kenobi.

"It's heartening to see how the character and the films have been embraced over time," he stated. McGregor's journey with the character exemplifies the unpredictable nature of the film industry and the enduring allure of the Star Wars universe.