Magazine article Screen International

Ewan McGregor Admits He Is Not a 'Star Wars' Fanatic

Magazine article Screen International

Ewan McGregor Admits He Is Not a 'Star Wars' Fanatic

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Ewan McGregor revealed to an audience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on Sunday that he would be willing to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to tell the story of Stars Wars between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back should Disney ever wish to do so.

The comments came during an on-stage interview in which the Scottish star looked back over the highlights of his career thus far and chose his words carefully on the subject of the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The actor seemed not to be the most rabid of fanboys and declared: "I'm not a fanatical person."

Still, he said he was impressed by the trailer - "It looks like [JJ Abrams] he absolutely nailed it" - except for the lightsaber's updated design.

"I'm excited about it a much as anyone else. I'm part of the legacy of it, and I'm happy to see it."

He said he'd love to tell the story between Episodes III and IV - A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back - if Disney ever wanted to do that.

McGregor portrayed the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three episodes of Star Wars, released from 1999-2005.

Family affair

If he wasn't already beloved enough in his native Scotland, McGregor charmed a huge crowd at EIFF in a funny and honest conversation with Scottish radio DJ Edith Bowman about his 22-year acting career.

McGregor made it a family affair, bringing along his mother Carol and his uncle, fellow actor Denis Lawson.

McGregor said when he was growing up in the conservative small town of Crieff, his uncle seemed exotic when he turned up wearing a sheepskin waistcoat and beads.

"I wanted to be an actor since I was nine because of my uncle Denis... when I was six I went to see him in Star Wars - Star Wars! - and it blew my brains apart."

McGregor was also in Edinburgh to present his most recent film, Rodrigo Garcia's Sundance selection Last Days In The Desert in which he plays Lucifer and Jesus.

"It's so beautifully written," McGregor said, adding with a laugh. "And in some of the scenes I got to play with myself, and that's something I enjoy."

He explained that in the scenes where he plays both characters he had Australian actor and filmmaker Nash Edgerton acting against him. "You do get the sense there are two different people," he said proudly of the results.

"It's quite scary the idea of playing Jesus Christ," he added. "He's a very important person to a great many people and there's a huge responsibility to it."

Garcia's script, he said, got him in the right mindset of a man wanting to talk to his father - in this case, God. "He wants to talk to his dad. He's trying to find those answers," he said.

McGregor has also been filming the part of Lumiere in Disney's Beauty & The Beast directed by Bill Condon "I liked it very much; it's mostly sound work with animation." There were about three days of shooting live-action alongside a cast including Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Ian McKellen, "We all had a great time."

The actor enjoyed recording the song "Be Our Guest" for the film, even if he was joking that his French accent wasn't up to snuff. "I had to do a French accent. I've lived around a French accent for 20 years [his wife is French], but I couldn't do it - I sounded Mexican," he said with a laugh and a quick impersonation. …

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