Ewan McGregor showed off his smart yet laid-back sense of style as he attended the Obi-Wan Kenobi panel at Star Wars Celebration in London on Sunday.
The 52-year-old actor, who appeared in the Star Wars prequels, wore a white top with black stripes under a black jacket as he posed at the event.
He wore black pants and opted for fashion-forward brown boots for his outing.
The star sported a neatly trimmed mustache and stood nonchalantly with his hand in his pocket.
Scottish star Ewan appeared in high spirits as he sat on stage and addressed the crowd during the roundtable at the ExCeL London event center in the UK capital.
Ewan played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, then reprized his role for the Disney+ series named after the character.
The performer previously defended the trilogy films and said he thought it was “hot” for George Lucas to step away from the beloved originals in the films.
He starred in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack Of The Clones (2002) and Revenge Of The Sith (2005) – alongside Liam Neeson, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman.
Although they were seemingly destined for success like the original trilogy, they are the franchise’s most criticized film and have been the butt of jokes among the Star Wars fan base for years.
But Ewan, who starred as Obi Wan Kenobi and returned to the franchise this year for a Disney+ series, defended the controversial prequels and said he’s come to love them over the years.
Speaking at the annual GQ Heroes summit in association with BMW at Soho Farmhouse on Thursday, Ewan said he thought it was “hot” for director George, who helmed the original trilogy, to do something “different with the prequels”.
He also admitted his own relationship with the films has changed over the years and said he grew to love them after hearing positive reviews from fans.
Speaking to Adam Baidawi, UK GQ’s Head of Editorial Content and GQ’s Deputy Global Editorial Director, Ewan explained: “I think [my relationship to the prequels] changed for me because I met more people in this generation.
“I admire George [Lucas] for trying to do something different with them, he didn’t just make three more Star Wars movies that looked like the originals, I respect him for that, I think it’s cheeky and interesting.
Addressing the films’ poor critical reception at the time, Ewan said critics wanted to be transported back to their childhood with the prequels.
He added: “I think the critics just wanted to feel like I was seven or eight again, and they didn’t get it, so I ended up with that. [reaction] for years and years.
Ewan isn’t the first actor to champion the divisive prequels as franchise veteran Mark Hamill, who played the original Luke Skywalker, spoke out in favor of the films last year.
“I was impressed that the prequels had their own identity,” Mark, 70, said in an interview for film historian JW Rinzler’s posthumously published book, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life.
He claimed that the previous three films had been criticized over the years, not because they weren’t good, but rather because they weren’t as easy to digest as the others.
“They were criticized because they were exposition heavy and more cerebral and probably, as he said in 1976, they weren’t as commercial,” he said, as reported Indie Wire.
The actor continued, “It’s a darker story. But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified and I’m shocked at how brutal they can be, not just in the case of people. Star Wars movies, but in all areas.
George Lucas’ ex-wife Marcia Lucas was among those who were quick to share their displeasure with the prequels which started with Liam Neeson as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and featured Hayden playing Christianson in the final two episodes as Anakin Skywalker.
“I cried,” said Marcia Lucas, who was married to George Lucas from 1969 to 1983, after seeing a screening of Phantom Menace for the first time.
“I cried because I didn’t think it was very good.”
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