news culture Ewan McGregor didn’t want to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and he had good reason
If Ewan McGregor today seems very proud of having played Obi-Wan Kenobi, the actor recently explained that he had been quite reluctant to the idea of playing the legendary Jedi before joining the Star Wars universe.
A great responsibility
With the prelogy, Ewan McGregor stood out wonderfully in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a role that he ended up reprising with the series dedicated to the character and broadcast on Disney+ in 2022. But originally, the actor did not see himself. play the character at all.
It must be said that joining the Star Wars universe is not within everyone’s reach and involves great responsibilities. With such a large fan base and often difficult and long filming, Star Wars represents a huge challenge that can be difficult to take on. Recently, actress Daisy Ridley – who plays Rey in the latest trilogy – spoke out on the subject, explaining that she felt helpless in the face of the magnitude of her role. In the case of Ewan McGregor, it was more a matter of taste that initially held him back.
A role that did not fit his career
Recently present in Sweden for the Gothenburg festival, Ewan McGregor was interviewed by Variety. The opportunity for the actor to review his career and the role of Obi-Wan. The actor thus admitted to having been reluctant to the idea of joining the Star Wars universe and filming the prelogy, in particular because the role did not suit him.
This was no small feat for me. I didn’t think it matched who I was at all. At the time I thought he was a Danny Boyle actor. The beach was more important and I meant it, it was not a coincidence. I asked a lot of people for advice. (…) I am happy to play this character for many people, but when these films came out, they were not appreciated for their true value. It was difficult. The first one was rejected and we had to make two more! It was strange to play in a saga that was criticized.
A few years after Trainspotting, Ewan McGregor was set to play the lead role in Danny Boyle’s film The Beach, a role that ultimately went to Leonardo Dicaprio. The filmmaker and his favorite actor were also at odds after this last-minute change, which still allowed Ewan McGregor to change his mind and film in the Star Wars prelogy, directed by George Lucas. A choice that made him hesitate, but that in the end paid off, especially considering the current popularity of the character.