Attack of the Clones,  Prequel Trilogy

Owen Lars actor Joel Edgerton: “Star Wars allowed me to bluff my way into any meeting I wanted”


From GamesRadar+:

“Actor and director Joel Edgerton has amassed such a body of work that it’s easy to forget he actually played a small part in the Star Wars universe. Back in 2002, he was cast as the young Owen Lars, eventual foster parent of Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones.

Ahead of the release of Edgerton’s upcoming movie as a director – ‘gay conversion’ therapy drama Boy Erased – Edgerton spoke to our sister publication Total Film magazine for an in-depth career interview. Of being cast in Attack of the Clones, the Australian star says: “It totally was [like hitting jackpot], as miniscule as my part was in Star Wars. I couldn’t believe that they were shooting in Australia, that I was an actor of the right age to play a young Uncle Owen. It was my 26th birthday when I found out I got the job. I was so fucking over the moon. And then it gave me the opportunity to go to the States.”

For a young actor, there are more benefits to being in Star Wars than just getting to visit Tatooine. “Star Wars allowed me, in that 18-month period while they were putting the movie together, to bluff my way into any meeting I wanted. ‘I’m in Star Wars. I’m not telling you that I’m only in it for five minutes and that I don’t have a lightsaber.’ I would have meetings with people, and let them believe I was a larger part of the story than I actually was. That was a good time and allowed me to get my first job out of the States.” […]”


  • archdukeofnaboo

    Wow, it sure is heartwarming to hear this. And it also goes to show what a magnificent lie the bashers were spreading when they claimed the prequels hurt Ewan, Natalie or whoevers acting career. Today, the cast are all grateful, and would jump at another opportunity, if recent interviews are anything to go by.

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