Ewan McGregor Discusses How He Almost Turned Down Obi Wan Role


If you were to walk up to a random stranger on the street and happened to mention the name Ewan McGregor, it’s almost guaranteed that they would recognize him as the actor who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel films. Many remember him as one of the bright spots in a trilogy that alienated much of the Star Wars audience, and George Lucas could not have picked a better actor to follow up Sir Alec Guinness. Ewan McGregor has been in some simply incredible films over his lifetime, Trainspotting, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge, but no portrayal is quite as memorable as his turn as the wise old Jedi. Well it turns out, he almost didn’t accept the job. You can read more about what he had to say on the matter below, in an interview he had with The Telegraph magazine (via Comic Book.)

Star Wars is Star Wars, it’s something I grew up with as a kid. At first, I was very reluctant to do it, because I saw myself as this urban, grungy actor doing films about heroin and stuff, and that’s who I felt like I really was,”

“But the nearer I got to it, the more I wanted to do it: and it wasn’t for money reasons, because it was back in the day I got paid nicely for it, but it wasn’t ridiculous by any means. It was to do with being in it and it didn’t feel like Hollywood. George Lucas hated Hollywood he was in San Francisco following the beat of his own drum.”

It’s pretty amusing to find out that the man who famously portrayed such a wise and soft spoken Jedi Knight was really just a heroin addict at heart. Ewan McGregor is one of the most talented actors working in the industry today, and he managed to bring heart, levity, and a real sense of weight to his iconic spin as Obi-Wan. He was so excellent in fact, that fans are now actually clamoring for him to return to the role for his own trilogy of Obi-Wan films. And here’s hoping that he doesn’t hesitate if those films really are put in motion.

Source: Comic Book

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  • Matias Gagliardone

    I don’t really think most people would recognize the name, at least not anybody I know maybe one or two friends who love Star Wars as much as me