Ewan McGregor spilled the beans on his inner turmoil about jumping into the Star Wars prequels like a Jedi grappling with the dark side.
At a sprightly 52, McGregor wielded his lightsaber as Obi-Wan Kenobi alongside the likes of Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. But behind the scenes, he was more conflicted than a droid caught in a logic loop.
In a recent chat, he spilled the beans, confessing he was “very reluctant” to dive into the prequel saga. And if you thought slicing through Sith Lords was tough, try battling self-doubt in a galaxy far, far away.
“It wasn’t a slam dunk for me. I mean, seriously, wielding a lightsaber? Not exactly my usual gig,” he chuckled to Variety, admitting he sought more advice than a moisture farmer in a Tatooine drought.
Ewan confessed he eventually warmed up to the role like a Tauntaun on Hoth. But facing the backlash after the first movie dropped? That was harder to swallow than blue milk.
“When those films hit the screens, they got slammed like a door in Vader’s face. Talk about feeling the Force of rejection!” he lamented, recalling the pain of enduring critics sharper than a Sith’s wit.
Yet despite the saber-rattling reception, McGregor found solace in his own solo series, where he could channel Kenobi’s mojo without the shadow of Jar Jar Binks looming overhead.
And as for a sequel series? Well, it’s about as likely as finding a Wookiee in a bantha stable.
“I’d be down for round two, but it’s as elusive as finding Yoda’s secret stash of snacks. Right now, it’s just a Jedi mind trick in the making,” he shrugged, hinting at the mysteries swirling within the House of Mouse.
So, while the fate of a second season hangs in the balance like a Skywalker on a high wire, fans will have to channel their patience faster than a hyperdrive jump. After all, in the words of Master Yoda, “Patience, young Padawan, patience.”