Ewan McGregor has crafted a career that allows him two kinds of respect that few actors can claim: He has the respect of “serious” film buffs and serious geek cred. He’s walked that fine line, which means he can create buzz with an arty drama, or set fanboys hearts ablaze as Marvel’s new Doctor Strange (just an example, of course). But what has his experience been with the latter fandom? In a talk with Details magazine, the actor reveals that the kinds of fans that hound him about his work in the Star Wars prequels are not the kind that make him feel all that appreciative.
“I don’t have any experience with them. I’ve never been to one of the conventions,” he said when asked if he’s had any positive experience with notoriously intense Star Wars fans. He goes on to say, “The people I meet are the fuckers 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 fucking picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fansâ€”they’re parasitical lowlifes and fucking wankers.“
And, speaking of the infamous prequel trilogy, McGregor was asked what he thinks of the reviled Phantom Menace. “I watched it once, at the premiere, so I’m not in a good position to judge,” the actor revealed. “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,” the actor concludes.
Then, switching gears back to the other side of his career, the actor was questioned about the long-rumored sequel to Trainspotting. The 1996 Danny Boyle film put McGregor on the map, and he says there’s a very real possibility we’ll be seeing it in theaters in a couple of years. “It looks like it might happen,” he said. McGregor continued, “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.“