Actor Ewan McGregor has been speaking about making Obi-Wan Kenobi and in the process, he has let something interesting slip. Something that may well confirm a big rumor around the Disney+ show. It also gives an interesting insight into McGregor’s ongoing love for the Star Wars universe from his childhood.
McGregor himself confirmed, way back when promoting The Phantom Menace, that he had to work really hard to stop himself from making lightsaber sounds straight from childhood play while wielding the weapon on set.
Here is what he had to say about something else as impactful as getting his hands on his first lightsaber:
“I’ve never met Darth Vader. I had rehearsed the scene with Vader, but not with the helmet on or anything like that. When we came to do that scene, when they shouted “action”, he had to come from behind me. I turned around and f**king Darth Vader was coming at me. It was like I was six years old again. I’d never acted into Vader’s helmet. I’d never looked him in the eye.
It scared the sh*t out of me, I’m not joking. It gave me a proper jolt of absolute fear. I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s not acting, that’s real. I’m really, truly frightened right now.’
And the same thing would happen with the Stormtroopers. I’d worked with Clone troopers before, but so many of them were CGI. I never worked with Stormtroopers, and, again, I was like seven years old again. Because when you are really faced with a Stormtrooper, with a blaster, it’s like: ‘F**king hell!’
It’s actually childhood memories of being scared. That’s how deeply it’s in us. I’ve acted for more than 30 years, and I’ve never been genuinely frightened when I am acting frightened… But I had moments on this that were genuinely quite scary.”
So there we have it. Straight from Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Vader and Kenobi will come face-to-face again in the upcoming limited series.
The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be released on Disney+ on May 22nd.