Ewan McGregor Talks Star Wars.

Ewan McGregor

In an interview with Details magazine, the Scottish actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy shared his thoughts on The Phantom Menace and the “fans”…


From DarkHorizon:


On The Phantom Menace:

“I watched it once, at the premiere, so I’m not in a good position to judge. They had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time. I don’t mind the criticism. I’ve heard it to my face.”

On the intensity of “Star Wars” fans:

“I don’t have any experience with them. I’ve never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f–kers 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–king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fans – they’re parasitical lowlifes and f–king wankers.”


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34 thoughts on “Ewan McGregor Talks Star Wars.

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I agreed that those autograph hunters who sell the signed pics on ebay made most celebrities skeptical of actual fans who might like an autograph for just ourselves.

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Lol. Fantastic!

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Wow, sounds like a real asshole..That’s too bad. I do understand his point but man….

    • October 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Oh lighten up. McGregor speaks from his heart, and isn’t afraid of sugar-coating it. Autograph hunters who only want a scribble on a photo to make money for themselves at the risk of endangering the safety of others in the clamour belong in the same place as the despicable scum who claim that being a paparazzi photographer is a legitimate job – in the digestive tracts of the Might Sarlaac.

      Oh, the reason for not being at my post is a toilet break before anyone asks 😉

      • October 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        I just find it strange that that’s the primary thing he focused on.

        Sure he doesn’t go to conventions and all, but he never comes across any appreciative PT fans, children or whatnot, whom he can praise first before addressing that troubling issue? It just puts a sour taste in my mouth, like “What the hell…” ^_-

        • October 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

          Do you think it’s more like that’s the bit the magazine focused on? The interview was probably longer – that just happens to be the bit they printed in order to be sensationalist and cause a disturbance in the Force.

          Magazine interviews are like icebergs, there’s a lot more that you don’t know about under the surface.

    • October 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      ha ha Spot the unscrupulous low life autograph hunter.
      Crushed any kids lately?

    • October 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      He’s the best!

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Them’s ‘a fightin’ words, Ewan! I challenge thee to a fake lightsaber duel!

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    But he doesn’t want to meet you.

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I know exactly what he means, though. There are fans, and then there are autograph dealers.

    I’ve seen this same thing before in non-movie scenarios. I was once at the opening of a small historical museum and an elderly gentleman who had survived the Hindenburg disaster was there for the opening. There were those of us who were there to talk with him, and then there were those who showed up with piles of postcards for him to autograph, which were obviously going to go right onto Ebay. They didn’t give two shits about talking with the old fellow, they just wanted to make some money off of him. Suffice to say, they got shown the door pretty quickly.

    I think this is exactly the sort of thing that Ewan is talking about with regard to autograph hounds versus actual fans.

  • October 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    He just keeps in character even off screen. Remember he has to impersonate Alec Guinnes, who strongly disliked StarWars until he recieved the paychecks.
    Actually McGregor has voiced several good points in the past like greenscreen acting does not bring the best out of actors. Also one has to remeber McGregor has a background in indie-filmes. I must confess I find it quite refreshing to hear that an actor has an own oppinion and not just sucks up to fans like all GoT, LoTR, “we love you – fans”(and want your money)-actors. An actor can be a professional even if he is not a fan of the movie. It’s kind of wierd to be a fan of yourself like many other actors are.

    However his attitude might create friction with JJ Abrams who usually selects actors based on who loughs most about his jokes on set. (This is the only explanation why he chose incompetent Teenactors and not Patrik Steward for Star Trek).

    • October 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      If you have seen his motorbike travel documentaries, and behind the scenes stuff on Star Wars and other films he’s been in, he does like a laugh on set – I don’t think JJ would have a problem with him voicing an opinion to one magazine journo. Imagine you were signing autographs and there were all these needy people thrusting press pics in your face while completely ignoring the fact that their clamouring is doing harm to others? You ever been to gig and been at the front when the crowd rushes forward?

  • October 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I’d rather have a 5 minute chat with the bloke than have his autograph. I think he might have a lot more interesting things to talk about than Star Wars.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Ewan McGregor doesn’t deserve any hate from fans. I am a fan of the prequels but even if I wasn’t he is one of the best parts of the PT.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    The duel of the fates = the best duel in Star Wars. Props to my man Ewan, givem hell.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    when he was on top gears star in a resonably priced car he mentioned fans hanging around the studio saying “may the force be with you ewan” and he just tells them to f=ck off and grow up …. i thought that was funny.

    theres fans and theres obsesion

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I like him. I thought he was pretty great in these movies.

  • October 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    He’s a Scottsman, where the lowest of the lows:)

    • October 29, 2014 at 3:15 am

      clearly you’ve never heard of the term “highlander”

      • October 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Yes, and there can only be one!

  • October 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I love Ewan. Watch the Long Way Around sometime. Cool little series of him and his friend going around the world on motorcycles.

    I thought he was fine as Obi-Wan. Blame the script and yes director for his performance in the prequels.

    I’d readily welcome him back as Obi in a spin-off or whatever!

  • October 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    OK, I’m lazy and did not go to read the entire interview, but he does have a point about the A-holes who push kids out of the way for their autograph. The comments kind of reminds me of the William Shatner skit on SNL that drove trekkies (or trekkers?) crazy. Also, who knows if that is even what he really said. I was interviewed for a magazine once (a local one) and what they quoted me as saying wasn’t even what I said…so who knows.

  • October 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    How gracious of him..

  • October 29, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Basically anyone now in any circumstance who approaches McGregor for an Autograph is now a Parasite or Wanker,in his eyes.
    Personally I don’t go in for all that crap, but it sort of galls me that he can distance himself from his fans like that.
    Fans make Stars, not Hollywood.
    And manners makes a man.

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Pty he hasn’t really seen much of Phantom, Liam was great in it among other things! lol

    Obi was pretty good in II & III too, but the character arc was alot more straight down the line point A to Point B than what wayward Anakins turned out to be.

  • October 29, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Thats okay Obi Wan I had the satisfaction of seeing you gutted by Darth Vader. So you are going to lump everyone as f*kers if one even breathes the word SW to you even with good intentions?? Well FU and jump in the Sarlacc pit. And while you’re at it, take that lightsaber out of your ass so you can appear less uptight.

  • October 29, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I mean, Ewan is awesome and the best part of PT. Who disagrees that the ‘fans’ who only want money are good fans? I understand why he would want to avoid them. It isn’t like he doesn’t like Star Wars, he said he’d come back. No bitterness, just avoiding potentially bad situations.

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Well said Ewan …top geezer. Now for the spinoff film 🙂

  • October 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Someone really does have HUEVOS!!!!!

  • October 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    So that’s how it is now Ewan? You’re a big star and don’t have time for the little people?

    Signed, Rupert Pupkin

  • November 1, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I totally agree with Ewan. As much as we like to view actors as stars and celebrities, we have to realize that they are real people too. I can see how frustrating it would be to show up for an event, which is his job, and be rushed by a crowd of random people for autographs like a free food stand in Haiti. There are the real fans out there who actually respect the privacy of the actors they look up to, and then there are these vultures who will do anything to get an autograph that they’re just going to sell on eBay the next day. I really feel for celebrities because being hounded by randos on a daily basis would get very tiring.

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