Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor says he found it ‘difficult’ filming ‘Star Wars’ prequels because he spent ‘a lot of time’ alone

  • ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ star Ewan McGregor had to adapt to new cinematic technology in ‘Attack of the Clones’.
  • McGregor found it “difficult” as he was unused to green screens and digital cameras.
  • During a panel interview, McGregor added that it was “difficult” to make the scenes look realistic.

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ star Ewan McGregor said he found filming the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy “very difficult” due to the visual effects that director George Lucas developed.

McGregor returns as the titular character in the upcoming Disney+ series. However, he first played Obi-Wan in the prequels in the late 90s and early 2000s, for which Lucas used advanced visual effects to portray the space setting and aliens in the films.

However, McGregor told a panel discussion attended by Insider that the new technology meant he was spending “a lot of time” alone because the aliens were added later.

“The original three films were very difficult to make because when George was pioneering ILM, his visual effects company, he was at the cutting edge of this technology,” the 51-year-old actor said. . “As he pushed into that space, he wanted to use it as much as possible, which meant he wanted to create more and more backgrounds.”

He continued, “So for us, that meant we were more and more on green screens or blue screens, and it was just hard to do that.”

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in ‘Attack of the Clones’.

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McGregor said it was particularly difficult in the second film, “Attack of the Clones”, because his character spends most of the film separated from humanoid aliens while being chased by a bounty hunter.

“[In] Episode II, I spent a lot of time alone and on this planet with big aliens, and of course none of that was there,” McGregor said. For me it was, like, a long time walking around the blue sets talking about tennis balls and sticks and it just wasn’t what I was used to, and it was hard to do . I hope we made it realistic and did our best.”

During a press conference for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, McGregor further admitted that “Attack of the Clones” was his “first experience” shooting with a digital camera. He also said he had to re-record every line of the film because of a hum coming from a large tent near the stage.

“It was so loud and in post-production they realized at the end that the noise they were making was exactly in the frequency of the human voice,” McGregor recalled. “So we had to ADR every line of ‘Episode II’. None of the original dialogue was successful because of that because the cameras were so new and none of the bugs had been ironed out yet.”

Earlier this month, McGregor told Vanity Fair for his June cover story that he found it “difficult” to finish previous films after seeing the review for the first “The Phantom Menace” film.

At the press conference for “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” McGregor said his feelings about the prequels were “warming up” after hearing fans loved the movies.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” premieres on Disney+ on May 27.

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