McGregor Talks “Star Wars,” “Trainspotting 2”

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is a straight talker – there’s no airs about him, no PR-controlled spin. He only does the occasional interview and when he does it’s usually insightful and refreshingly straightforward.

In his newest one with Details magazine, talk turned to his reflections on the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in particular which is often labelled the worst of all the films. McGregor doesn’t hate the film, mostly because he feels disconnected from it:

“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.”

Asked about the intensity of “Star Wars” fans and if he has had a positive experience with them, his reaction is surprising:

“I don’t have any experience with them. 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 wankers.”

McGregor also offered a brief update on the “Trainspotting” sequel which he’s now much more ready for than he was years ago when it was first being rumored to be in the works:

“It looks like it might happen. 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.”