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Ewan McGregor on why critics initially hated the prequel trilogy

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Star Wars, Ewan McGregor, prequel trilogy

The hype leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was something else; After all, this was the first new one Star Wars movie in nearly twenty years. Try it, there was no way to do that The Phantom Menace could live up to the hype. Critics weren’t too nice to the film, or the rest of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Ewan McGregor thinks he knows why.

During a conversation with GQ, Ewan McGregor discussed his theory about why the Star Wars prequel trilogy did not click with critics. “I think the critics just wanted to feel like they were seven or eight again, and they didn’t get that,McGregor explained. “So I stuck with that [reaction] years and years, and it lasted [until I started] meeting people, and I realized how important our films have been to them.The actor added that the cast was only aware of the critical side of things at the time. “That was the only voice I remember hearing, and they weren’t loved,‘ said McGregor. Fortunately, the past few years have proved for Ewan McGregor how special the Star Wars prequel trilogy is for a new generation of fans. McGregor also expressed his admiration for Star Wars creator George Lucas.

I admire George for trying to do something different with them. He didn’t want to just make three Star Wars movies that felt like the originals. I respected him for that. I find that rude and interesting.

Ewan McGregor recently reprized his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a six-episode series set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A new hope. Although the series was developed as a standalone, both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen have expressed a desire for a second season. “I really hope we do another one‘ said McGregor. “If I could do one of these every now and then, I’d just be happy with it.

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