Why Ewan McGregor Is Over Being Asked About Star Wars

Since the successful release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars fandom and mania is the highest its been in years. J.J. Abrams has helped bring a galaxy far, far away to a new generation, and now fans can expect a new Star Wars film to be released every year until Disney decides they're tired. As such, all of the actors who have been attached to the franchise over the years are pretty consistently asked about any plans to return to the universe. One of these actors is Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in all three of the prequel films. And apparently he's not too happy with the questions.

Ewan McGregor recently opened up to Parade, where he had a bit of a rant regarding all of the Star Wars questioning.

I like the films that I made with George Lucas and I'm happy to be part of the legend of it all, but that's it with me. I don't really understand the fanaticism about it. I'm asked by everybody all the time, 'Would you do another one?' and I've said, 'Yeah, I'd be happy to,' because I think there's a film between Episode 3 and Episode 4, which is when Alec Guinness is in the desert. But I've been asked about it so much now that I'm being criticized for trying to persuade Disney to make this movie. I only responded to people asking me about it, and now it looks like I'm sort of looking for work, which is humiliating. I couldn't care less if it happens, but when Star Wars people ask me if I would do it, the answer is yes, so that's how I feel about it.

Damn, Ewan. He's not kidding around.

All joking aside, Ewan McGregor's statement makes perfect sense. I doubt there has been a single interview or appearance that the actor has done in the past few years that hasn't at least mentioned the new Star Wars films. From the time leading up to The Force Awakens, and certainly afterward, he's been asked about everything from the new movie, Kylo Ren's lightsaber, his line in Rey's dream sequence, and the possibility of an Obi-Wan standalone movie.

And while Ewan McGregor doesn't want to be asked about Star Wars anymore, his above statement is still pretty hopeful for fans of the franchise. He may be over the inquiries, but he's ready to step back into the shoes (and robe) of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Not only that, but he's clearly aware of where in the timeline of the canon his movie might take place. This makes me think that some conversations with Disney and Lucasfilm have probably already happened, and it may just be a matter of time before we see McGregor kick some more Sith ass on the big screen.

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Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.