- Ewan McGregor had to do some homework to find his “Star Wars” voice for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” again.
- McGregor told press when he started doing scenes he realized “it wasn’t really Obi-Wan’s voice.”
- The actor met up with original Obi-Wan actor Alec Guinness to prep before shooting began.
The iconic Obi-Wan Kenobi voice doesn’t always come naturally to Ewan McGregor. It takes some practice.
“When we came to do the actual scenes with these other actors I was doing this sort of vague English accent and it wasn’t really Obi-Wan’s voice at all and I was like ‘Oh dear. That’s not very good,'” McGregor said.
It’s been over a decade since McGregor played the Jedi in 2005’s “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” so he sought out some help from the original Obi-Wan Kenobi actor to nail down the voice.
“Luckily, we had months before we actually started shooting so I went back and did some homework with Alec Guinness and what I’ve done before in the original films,” McGregor said of the 86-year-old actor who played Kenobi in 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”
Disney+’s upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi” takes place a decade after the end of “Revenge of the Sith” as Obi-Wan finds himself on the run from the Empire and Emperor Palpatine who seeks to execute any remaining Jedi with help from his padawan, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), and a group of Inquistors.
During the press conference, McGregor said it’s meant a lot for him to hear from fans who say they love the prequels. When the films first came out they were famously ridiculed by critics and older fans of the franchise.
“One of the difficult things about being in the prequels was that when they came out, they were not seemingly well-received because there was no social media,” McGregor said. “There was no sort of direct avenue to the fans at the time, and also the fans were kids.”
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has said he made the films for kids, not for adults.
“It’s a film for 12-year-olds,” Lucas told fans at 2017’s Star Wars Celebration. “You’re about to enter the real world. You’re 12 years old. You’re gonna go on into the big world. You’re moving away from your parents being the center focus. You’re probably scared. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
McGregor said that he fell in love with the original “Star Wars” trilogy when he was a child and it has taken years to hear positive feedback from the people who grew up watching the prequel trilogy as kids.
“Once those kids … grew up a bit and I was able to meet them and I started hearing that people really liked them —They couldn’t understand why I thought that they weren’t liked when they came out,” McGregor said.
“It meant a lot to me. So, it’s really helped. I’m sure it’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do this again,” McGregor added.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi,” also starring Rupert Friend, Joel Edgerton, and Moses Ingram will premiere on Disney+ on May 27.
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