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The Star Wars prequel films are a bit of a meme now. Though fans will be the first to admit they contain too much CGI, some overly dramatic performances, and a strange vendetta against sand, Star Wars lovers are also the first to quote and rewatch these films. Ewan McGregor starred in the prequel series as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as you well know, but the reviews of the original series were hard on the actor, and the filming was notoriously tedious. However, as he films the TV series Obi-Wan Kenobi, McGregor says it's an entirely different experience - and that's in part down to The Mandalorian.
Variety has put on a series of Actor On Actor interviews where they invite two names in Hollywood to sit and chat to get some insight into their work. Comicbook spotted that the interview with Ewan McGregor and The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal included some interesting details about how the prequels were filmed versus the Obi-Wan series, and how The Mandalorian is really what got McGregor hooked on Star Wars again.
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The actor says, once he hears there is going to be a season three of The Mandalorian, that "It pulled me back into the Star Wars world, the Mandalorian series, in a way I didn't expect. It blew me away, how much I loved it."
McGregor also compares the process of filming between his appearances as Obi-Wan. As Pascal points out, it must have been "such a different experience", coming back to the character. Ewan says that the production of Obi-Wan Kenobi has got him "excited" because "I feel like anything's possible now".
The actors also reminisce on how special Star Wars is to them, and how this new direction Disney has with the universe and the new series is pushing the boundaries of its world. McGregor says to Pascal: "The beautiful thing is that it's a galaxy far, far away. It's a universe of possibility, really. We've got the original movies, the linear nature of those. But I just love that they, and you, took it into this different direction, into a slightly different tone, but in the same world, you know?"
Star Wars is special. We might all individually have our gripes about the films or the series or even just the lore in other mediums, but if we're being honest with ourselves we can all see the value in its world. We look forward to the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi and season three of The Mandalorian.
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