Star Wars: Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen Look Back on the Prequel Trilogy's Backlash

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A few days ago, we were treated with the teaser trailer of the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a lot of fans are now excited to see the return of Ewan McGregor in the titular role 17 years after he last played him in the prequel trilogy. However, it's no secret that the prequel trilogy is not necessarily beloved by fans and critics because of many reasons. Now, two of the trilogy's stars are looking back at the backlash.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who is also set to return in Obi-Wan Kenobi, reflected on the backlash that the prequel trilogy received in which they said that it wasn't easy to deal with given that they starred in those films early in their respective careers.

"I found it quite hard. For it to come out and get knocked so hard was personally quite difficult to deal with. And also, it was quite early in my career," McGregor said. "I didn't really know how to deal with that. I'd been involved with things that just didn't make much of a ripple, but that's different from making something that makes a negative ripple."

Christensen shared the same sentiment, "When the films came out and the critics were very critical, of course that was a difficult thing — because you care so much about this thing that you've invested so much of yourself into. So, for sure, that's challenging."

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It is understandable that McGregor and Christensen have a difficult time dealing with the backlash since they worked hard in those films and dedicated a lot in order to play their respective characters well. However, it is safe to say that, despite the negative responses to the films themselves, the two actors are still beloved in those roles and a lot are excited to see them play the characters again in the upcoming series.

Until now, the quality of the prequel trilogy is still being debated by fans although the consensus is that none of them are nearly as great as the original trilogy films. Despite that, it is still getting some sort of renaissance today thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi and some of the characters from the trilogy appearing in the animated shows. It would be interesting to see if the upcoming series will somewhat redeem the flaws of the prequel trilogy.

Also Read: 5 Biggest Reveals in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere on Disney+ on May 25.


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