Upcoming Disney+ collection Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is about to function the live-action bridge between the franchise’s 1999-2005 trilogy of prequel movies and the Disney-delivered fashionable period. Yet, for star Ewan McGregor, who reprises his legacy position from these movies, a surreal confluence has been created over the presence of a sure monochromatic military: Stormtroopers. Indeed, whereas he’s spent his share of display screen time with Clone Troopers, there’s one thing about being round the Empire’s armored legion that has McGregor feeling childlike.
The star, who has been capturing Obi-Wan Kenobi since its pandemic-delayed manufacturing launched this previous April, took a while to take part in a principally Star Wars-centric “Actors-on-Actors” Variety interview with a fellow franchise star in The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal. While the two wax ecstatic about their respective exhibits, McGregor—extra so than Pascal—is clearly strolling a tightrope relating to what he can focus on, seeing as Disney’s veil of secrecy nonetheless prominently obfuscates even the slightest of plot factors for his collection. However, in providing an enthusiastically heartfelt anecdote about the presence of correct, Original-Trilogy-style Stormtroopers on the Obi-Wan Kenobi set, McGregor confirms a element—even when mentioned element was already usually accepted as reality.
“I’ve got to be so careful. There’s no secret to when this series is being set, but I had to walk past two Stormtroopers,” muses McGregor to Pascal. “I realized I’ve never acted with a Stormtrooper because mine were clones, you know? It was the Clone Army. So, I’d never seen a Stormtrooper. So, I was walking past them in this scene. I turned around—and I was 6 years old again.” McGregor isn’t simply throwing round hype, since his love for the franchise, which is well-known, goes again to the launch of 1977’s unique Star Wars, throughout which the Scottish actor was, as he states, 6 years outdated; a reminiscence probably magnified by the proven fact that his personal uncle, Denis Lawson, fielded the trilogy-spanning position of Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles. Yet, for all the fame that McGregor achieved taking part in the younger model of Alec Guinness’s aged Jedi Master in the prequel movies, his connection to the franchise he knew as a child nonetheless felt considerably indifferent. Consequently, his sharing a set with the sort of Stormtroopers seen in the Original Trilogy was clearly a fulfilling expertise in that regard.
Pascal—whose Mandalorian character Din Djarin dispatched greater than his share of Stormtroopers on the collection, albeit throughout a later level in the Star Wars timeline—would press McGregor on his emotions for this specific second, main the star to supply the potent adjective of “insane” about being in the presence of a brigade of bad-shot bucket-heads. “I was feeling like I was 6 again or something, because I’m so close to one and I got a fright, you know? So crazy,” he continues. “Then I asked someone, ‘Were there Stormtroopers in my films?’ Because I don’t think I’ve seen a Stormtrooper for real before. They were like ‘No, they weren’t Stormtroopers; they were clones.’ And Jawas, I had another scene with a little Jawa.”