Ewan McGregor needed to get his second dose of the Covid vaccine earlier this month, and it nearly killed him. He was in excruciating pain after the injection, as reported by THR: “He was just dealing with his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. ‘It really kicked my ass,’ says Ewan McGregor. ‘It really did.”
He has been on a roll this past year, putting his blood, sweat and tears into his work. An example of this is in the new Netflix Original, Halston, which goes over the life of 1970s’ fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, and his rise to fame in the industry. Ewan was hesitant about playing the role as many people do not believe in sexually bonded casting, but it did not turn him away from the part. He addressed that, in his eyes, the character is more than his sexuality: “ I felt like it was just one part of who he was.”
Halston was a Studio 54 regular who tragically died of Aids in 1990 after selling off his name to JC Penny. He was a man who knew who he was both in the creative spectrum and in his own identity. In a recent THR interview, Ewan told the reporter how playing the role was one of the biggest highlights in his career: “It’s about a man, a creative person, who believes absolutely in what they are and who they are.”
Halston is heading over to Netflix on May 14th if you want to check out his performance. You can also check out THR’s full article addressing Ewan and how he felt about taking on the role.
Another character he has worked on day in and day out is the Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his incredible journey through the desert planet, Tatooine, almost a decade after the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005) — and more than a decade after he last portrayed the character.
“I’m excited about it,” he tells THR with glee. “Maybe more so than the first ones, because I’m older — I just turned 50 — and I’m just in a much better place.”
Ewan, before he received the vaccine, was heavily involved with the preparation of the Kenobi series: “For months, we’ve been doing these monster, two-and-a-half-hour sessions of sword fights and hand-to-hand stuff.”
Along with Ewan Mcgregor, other actors are coming back to reprise their roles in the Star Wars universe, such as Hayden Christenson, who plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from Episodes 1-3.
“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” Christensen said. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them … It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”
The dynamic duo of the prequel trilogy never truly got the recognition they deserved until the series launched into popularity in the late 2000s’. “was hard they didn’t get well received. That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked,” McGregor told THR.
Hayden landed several small roles after Revenge of the Sith, ultimately earning a Golden Globe award for his acting as Sam in “Life as a House” and later nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The rest of the cast for Kenobi goes as follows: Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Maya Sinclair, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie — all of which are undisclosed parts in the show.
The Disney+ original series, Kenobi, will be coming to the service sometime in late 2021 or early 2022, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christenson, Maya Sinclair, Kumail Nanjiani and O’Shea Jackson Jr.
If you can’t wait that long, The Bad Batch is coming to the streaming platform this week, giving us a recollection of all the adventures the elite clone squad intercepted after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
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Abramovitch, Seth. “‘I Have the Career I Started out Wanting’: Ewan McGregor on Reviving Obi-Wan and ‘Going to the Extremes’ to Pl.” The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2021, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/ewan-mcgregor-obi-wan-star-wars-halston. Accessed 2 May 2021.