In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor cries about his experience on the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and doesn’t seem to have anything nice to say about the three movies.
Looking back, McGregor, whose subtle Obi-Wan was seen as a bright spot in the troubled series, acknowledges that it “was hard they didn’t get well received. That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked.” […]
With each successive and underwhelming prequel release, director George Lucas employed more and more CGI, “because George loves technology and loves pushing into that realm,” McGregor explains. “He wanted more and more control over what we see in the background.” By Revenge of the Sith, physical sets and backdrops had almost entirely been replaced by bluescreens. “After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious — especially when the scenes are … I don’t want to be rude, but it’s not Shakespeare,” he continues. “There’s not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there’s no environment there. It was quite hard to do.”
That won’t be a problem on the set of Obi-Wan Kenobi, where, as pioneered by creator Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian in a process called StageCraft, “they project [the virtual backgrounds] onto this massive LED screen. So if you’re in a desert, you’re standing in the middle of a desert. If you’re in the snow, you’re surrounded by snow. And if you’re in a cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space. It’s going to feel so much more real.”
If McGregor wasn’t involved in Star Wars anymore, I wouldn’t care much about this. But he’ll play Obi-Wan again in a new series, and it’s certainly not because of scornful journalists like the one who did this interview. His return is largely due to the fans of the Prequel Trilogy who loudly asked to see more of the main characters.
So even if McGregor is not fond of these films, he should stop being a dick and keep it to himself, at least while promoting the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.