Ewan On His “Reprise” As Obi-Wan (Sorta)

Ewan McGregor appeared recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show and spoke about his quickie voiceover work for TFA.  It was literally at the last minute.

A lot of Clone Wars and Rebels voice actors were used for small post-production dubbing and according to James Arnold Taylor, his voice had been recorded at least as a placeholder until they went with a little bit of Alec Guinness and a little bit more of Ewan.



27 Responses to “Ewan On His “Reprise” As Obi-Wan (Sorta)”

  1. Cristian Martinez Says:

    I not understand what is the fascination of the Original Star Wars fans with Alec Guiness, the guy literally hated the Original Star Wars movies, he consider them to be for children (even that he is right in a certain degree), he hated every moment that he was in that movies, even that they were successful aftermath. Maybe is that the reason why his character ended being killed in the first movie and he barely appear in the sequels.

    And never the less, the Original Star Wars fans worship his corpse, and his character, maybe they should put more Ewan McGregor and less Alec Guiness.

    • hansolo1138 Says:

      “Worship his corpse” may be just a liiiiiiitle over the top, but I agree. Ewan gave a far stronger and more emotional performance.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Lucas decided after revising the script further that there wasn’t anything for Obi-Wan to do in the last act of the film, so Obi-Wan had to go. They had already started filming when this decision was made and supposedly, Alec Guinness wasn’t too thrilled about it originally. So no, he didn’t ask to be killed off because he hated making ANH. By all accounts he was a gentleman and a professional the whole time. I think what did happen was he was baffled by the film’s phenomenal success and how it became overnight a pop culture sensation, then something of a national obsession. People were after all writing him letters as though he really was the character, and not just kids either. He thought he made a schlocky film for children and people were treating it like it was a new religion. I’ve come to see the wisdom in his misgivings.

      • hansolo1138 Says:

        He didn’t enjoy the “mumbo jumbo,” but yeah, he was definitely a gentleman on set. He even refused to let Mark Hamill call him “Sir” and allowed Hamill to call him “Big Al!”

        Alec Guiness is a great actor, but he isn’t a mainstay of the “Star Wars” franchise like Hamill, Ford, MacGregor, or Christensen.

      • susanbowess Says:

        I have to disagree with you on that point. Obi-Wan’s influence is a mainstay in SW films, especially where Luke is concerned, as well as Leia’s because she named her son after Ben Kenobi in TFA. (Obi-Wan) We, the audience, can feel Obi’s influence throughout the saga, at least most of us do.

      • Cristian Martinez Says:

        I known that he was professional, after all I think that he began as a theatre actor, like most of the British actors (most of them end in the BBC making TV Shows), never the less, Guiness wasn’t very thrilled by Star Wars, and at the time I can see why, because originally it was going to be just another science fiction B movie, not the success that ended to be. Never the less, Guiness keep his attitude for the movies, even that he still was a professional actor.

      • susanbowess Says:

        I agree with you about SW originally being “another science fiction B movie, not the success that it ended up being.” Ford, Hamill, and Fisher all thought the movie was intended for children and that’s why they joked around like they did on set, never taking it seriously. Nobody could’ve ever predicted that Star Wars would become one of the most successful films ever created.

      • hansolo1138 Says:

        What I mean is that Guinness, the actor, isn’t a mainstay of the franchise. He wasn’t involved with Star Wars after ANH, excepting cameos in TESB and ROTJ. MacGregor, however, had starring roles in all three Prequels films, a cameo in TFA, and possibly an Obi-Wan Anthology film in the future. Alec Guinness is a legendary actor, but he is not an acting mainstay of the Star Wars franchise.

  2. darth66zannahq Says:

    wait, wait, wait! I don’t remember hearing obi won’s voice in TFA! Where?! someone tell me!

  3. susanbowess Says:

    I saw Ewan on the Kimmel show. It was cool learning about that. 🙂

  4. Steve Bragg Says:

    I can’t believe the Alec Guinness hatred above. I’m like WTF

    • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

      Yeah, right? He was a phenomenal actor.

      Though I can’t help but think that if anyone acted about being in I-III the way he reacted to IV-VI, the hateboys would use it as more “irrefutable proof” of I-III’s “badness”, where as it is it’s just an easily dismissed bit of trivia.

      • hansolo1138 Says:

        I did NOT say I hate Alec Guinness, I said he was a great actor. But I DID say that he isn’t as much of an icon of the franchise as, say, Ewan MacGregor, Mark Hamill, or Natalie Portman.

      • Bob Clark Says:

        Alec Guiness is a great actor of his generation, and did some frankly iconic work in stuff like his David Lean films, Tinker Tailor, and some of his Ronald Neame films. I will admit that Ewan has developed a far stronger presence overall. He’s got his Danny Boyle period, the Star Wars period, and keeps doing adventurous stuff. And he’s still pretty young, too. Lots of time to build more and more of a body of work.

      • Cristian Martinez Says:

        Alec Guiness is a great actor, never the less, he still hated the Original Star Wars, that kind of attitude is what I was mentioning in my previous comment, blinding worshipping an actor that only loathed the franchise that he was in.

  5. Jacobesico Says:

    I think what Sir Alec Guinness hated the most was the younger fans only associating him with the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi and ignoring his other works.
    He was a character actor and they are very picky about those things and don’t like to be typecast.

    I have heard of some of the hard core fans were stalking him and skulking in his flower beds. Anyway I agree with what Lazy Padawan said about his views. I think the part about “living in a fantasy world of secondhand, childish banalities” really does ring true regarding the OT purists.

    I do agree that the McGregor Kenobi is the one better represented in the various Star Wars works. There is not a lot of room to use the Guinness Kenobi apart from using visiting his exile on Tatooine and using him as a Force Ghost.

    Before the Prequels I use to think of Old Ben as this Wizard figure but after seeing Obi-Wan’s journey in the Prequels, I really have begun to see the meaning behind his haunted look in A New Hope and I think that the Prequels and The Clone Wars have added a whole new layer to the character we see in A New Hope.

    One of my favourite things about the prequels is seeing the young Obi-Wan and following his journey as well as Anakin’s.

    • hansolo1138 Says:

      I’d have to agree with you there; Obi-Wan is possibly my favorite Prequel character.

      • Hoggle Says:

        Ewan was great as PT Obi-1, but in TPM he was padawan to Liam who made an iconic Jedi in Qui-gon’s dynamics & for the remaining two, his role was quite tailor made for his impersonation of younger Obi, a chipper by the book Jedi with an errent Padawan so his character was likeable in the way it was written but less dynamic than either Qui-gons or Anakins.

        Padme and Anakin’s characters probably had more depth that they bridged in the story though, which the shades of presentation/direction got ever so slightly off beat with or diluted independent of their mesh occasionally due to other general focus issues in all the other film elements coming together. Some of the Anakin potrayal bashing relates to that probably being the most confused aspect of who Anakin was when alongside Obi-1s well defined formal heroic chipperness particularly in RoTS, cause Christensen was more the raw talent type of actor with a different dramatic background flair than the schooled traditional character type & there’s something in the GL realised when assembling RoTS together to start focusing it on Hayden & Natalie’s dynamics more. While Ewen was great/good in the more emotive territory when with Natalie and Hayden, occasionally some of his stuff with Yoda in RoTS to me in similar territory can also be a abit flat comparitively.

        Overall though, i really like the dynamic chemistry that the three had in their mesh of roles together along with Mcdiarmid of course.


      • jayoungr Says:

        Obi-Wan is my favorite Prequel character too. He always seems to get overlooked in discussions, but maybe that’s a good thing.

  6. jayoungr Says:

    I’m very surprised that they waited until the last minute to bring him in, considering that he leaped up to express his interest immediately after the new movie was announced.

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