Ewan McGregor Launches Epic Rant Against Star Wars ‘Fans’: ‘They’re Parasitical Lowlifes And F**king W**kers’
Don’t ask Ewan McGregor about Star Wars. The actor may have had a key role in the noughties reboots but he’s not exactly had the best experience with fans of the franchise.
The Scot played Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, The Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and although he’s got nothing but positive things to say about making the movies, the aftermath hasn’t been so pleasant. When asked by Details Magazine about Phantom Menace’s reputation as the worst rated of the Star Wars back catalogue, Ewan says he isn’t the best person to defend the film:
“I watched it once, at the premiere, so I’m not in a good position to judge. They had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time. I don’t mind the criticism. I’ve heard it to my face.”
Speaking of the fans, Ewan has a lot to say about the autograph hunters he’s encountered: “I don’t have any experience with them,” the actor says of meeting Star Wars fans. “I’ve never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes and f**king w**kers.” Looks like those rumours that the actor would be bringing back Obi Wan as a “Force Ghost” for the new Star Wars movies are complete rubbish then.
Ewan lets rip over Star Wars
Fortunately for the interviewer from Details, Ewan did cheer up a bit when asked about another one of his most famous roles, Renton in Trainspotting, and the long-hoped for possibility of a follow-up. “It looks like it might happen,” says the actor when asked about a sequel. “The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I’d be up for it. I wouldn’t have been 10 years ago, but I am now.”
At last year’s SXSW Film Festival Trainspotting director Danny Boyle revealed that screenwriter John Hodge was working on a script based on author Irvine Welsh’s novel PORNO for the follow-up film. As well as McGregor, the cast of the original are all expected to return, with Boyle hinting that Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Kelly Macdonald are all likely to sign up.
The Trainspotting sequel is in development (WENN)
“This has been a long time coming. There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2, if John [Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] or any of the cast coming back,” said Boyle. “I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people.”