Ewan McGregor took it “hard” when Star Wars Prequels weren’t liked
Slandering the Star Wars prequel trilogy is one of the easiest things one can do as a fan, and rightly so. Those movies had their critical deficiencies that a matured fanbase could not see past. However, the actors and artists who worked on the series did not feel great after seeing their work berated to such an extent. And Ewan McGregor was one of them.
It was “hard” for Ewan McGregor to see the Star Wars Prequels not be liked
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ewan McGregor talked about reprising his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney+ show. There, he also talked about the prequel trilogy, saying how it was “hard they didn’t get well-received”. He continued:
That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked.
Unlike the original trilogy, the prequels – The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith – were not well received by many fans. In fact, many went as far as saying they hated the Star Wars Prequels, making them the butt of jokes and memes over the years. And many of the complaints were genuine, such as tedious storylines, campy acting, incomplete characterizations, and arguably the most hated Star Wars character ever – Jar Jar Binx. Now, fans actually gave Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi quite a decent reception. However, it paled in comparison to how big of a failure the prequels were.
Putting the disappointment aside, Ewan McGregor actually shared the sentiments with fans. He even explained that working on Episode III Revenge of the Sith was especially difficult because he had to work largely in front of a screen instead of a set. He said:
After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious – especially when the scenes are … I don’t want to be rude, but it’s not Shakespeare. There’s not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there’s no environment there. It was quite hard to do.
About the upcoming Obi-Wan series
Despite past experiences, Ewan McGregor said he was “really excited” to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming Disney+ series in 2022. He said:
Maybe more so than the first ones, because I’m older – I just turned 50 – and I’m just in a much better place.
And it looks like Lucasfilm may have learned their lesson from the past. While filming the new series, Ewan McGregor revealed that the studios projected the backgrounds on “on to this massive LED screen” which made the experience more realistic than CGI-acting. He continued:
So if you’re in a desert, you’re standing in the middle of a desert. If you’re in the snow, you’re surrounded by snow. And if you’re in a cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space. It’s going to feel so much more real.
As of right now, we don’t know the release date for this series. And it doesn’t look like the fans’ appetite has faded for Star Wars, after looking at The Mandalorian’s success.