Why Ewan McGregor’s Uncle Told Him not to Play Obi-Wan Kenobi

It didn’t take long for Ewan McGregor to become one of the most beloved actors in the Star Wars universe First, he fought battle droids and droidekas alongside Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace. Then he perfectly delivered the line, “You were right about one thing, Master. The negotiations were short,” which telegraphed some of the humor McGregor would bring to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi Gives him a chance to revisit the iconic role, but McGregor’s uncle advised him not to take the part years ago. Here’s why.

Ewan McGregor flanked by ‘Star Wars’ stormtroopers | Kate Green/Getty Images

Ewan McGregor had doubts about playing Obi-Wan Kenobi

McGregor discussed the audition process to land the role of Obi-Wan during a conversation with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb (via YouTube).

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