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“I’m Closer to Him in Age”: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Ewan McGregor Hints Retirement, Compares Himself To Alec Guinness

The Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Star War spin-off. It is set nine years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. In the movie, Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi reveals himself as Jedi Obi-Wan to Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill. Now, in the series, we see a younger version of the Jedi Master played by Ewan McGregor. He is the hermit guardian watching over a ten-year-old Luke in Tatooine. The series is also set almost a decade after the dual of Christensen’s Darth Vader and Obi-Wan in the Revenge of the Sith. After 17 years, the actor would wear the robes again.

Ewan McGregor compares himself to Alec Guinness

Ewan McGregor compares himself to Alec Guinness
Ewan McGregor compares himself to Alec Guinness

In an interview with The Project, he talked about how he approached playing the role over 20 years after playing the role for the first time in The Phantom Menace. He said, “[Obi-Wan] is always Alec Guinness to me. When I play him, I always have to have a sense of Alec Guinness. And now I’m closer to him in age — I didn’t realize he was 63 when he made [Star Wars] … I’m getting closer to that age now (laughs). As I get closer to him, I have to be more like him, I suppose.”

Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Wan 20 years after paying it the first time
Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Wan 20 years after paying it the first time

He also added, “It’s always been my mission to make my Obi-Wan Kenobi grow up into Alec Guinness, so I’ve always got Alec in my head.” McGregor said that he studied Guinness’s performance as Obi-wan to play the younger version. He said, “I don’t try and do an impersonation of him, but I do try and make it sound familiar, like the way he speaks and the rhythm of his delivery.”

Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming out soon

Ewan McGregor starrer Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming out soon
Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming out soon

The first episode of the upcoming series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is coming out tomorrow, May 27. The series will have 6 episodes, scheduled till June 22. The series is directed by Deborah Chow and follows the journey of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Apart from playing the titular role, Ewan McGregor is also the Executive Producer of the show.

The main cast of the show also includes Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, and Sung Kang. Grant Freely is playing the younger version of Luke Skywalker.

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