Ewan McGregor’s Contempt For Star Wars Throws Doubt Over His Obi-Wan Return

Star Wars fans might be excited to hear that Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney+ series, but it looks like there are a few sites wondering why the Trainspotting star would ever want to return to the galaxy far, far away when he hasn't been that particularly happy with the fanbase.

Amidst news of McGregor's return as Star Wars ever benevolent Jedi Knight, The Telegraph has a new write up questioning the reasons why the actor would want to reprise his role knowing that he hasn't been always a big fan of the Star Wars franchise.

According to the publication, McGregor was a Star Wars actor who would "visibly cringe" whenever his involvement in the franchise would be brought up, and many of his statements about Star Wars' films and fanbase would always seem to come off a little bit critical.

"I've never been to one of the conventions," McGregor admitted in an old interview from 2014, "The people I meet are the f_____s who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f_____g picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans—they're parasitical lowlifes and f_____g w_____s."

That's a pretty harsh remark, and it isn't the only one that McGregor's given the past few years. The actor would admit that he had actually been reluctant to play Obi-Wan in the prequel films – apparently, he had always seen himself as "this urban, grungy actor doing films about heroin and stuff, and that's who I felt like I really was," not some sassy Jedi waving around lightsabers.

Seeing how critical McGregor's been of the franchise, one has to wonder whether the news of his return really is true. Did McGregor change his mind about the franchise? Did the project's salary help convince him to make a return?

We won't really know until Lucasfilm drops the news itself and McGregor comes out to speak about the project.

Lucasfilm's next movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, premieres December 20, 2019.

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