Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani talks Obi-Wan Kenobi role for the first time. The actor was announced as part of an ensemble cast list back when production began. However, so far there has been no word on exactly who Nanjiani is playing, or how big a role it is in the show? However, the actor has now broken his silence in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Of course, Nanjiani doesn’t quote come out and spill the beans, but judge for yourself based on the quotes below.
Nanjiani talked about how he got the role to begin with, and perhaps our first hint towards his character?
“So then I talked to [director Deborah Chow] and we had a great conversation. And the character sounded awesome — I was so excited about this character. We haven’t seen this exact thing in Star Wars yet. This is like a new version of a type of Star Wars character we’ve seen before.”
Intriguing, but this does not help me put my finger on who, or what Nanjiani could be playing. By what, I mean he could actually be a droid for all we know?
Nanjiani then described meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor in character) for the first time.
“I had this moment. I’d heard Ewan [McGregor] was super nice. And then we got to know each other a little bit, just hanging out and talking. Then there was this weird moment where I’m talking to Ewan and they yell “Action,” and he’d started talking to me, and I was like, “Oh, I’m talking to Obi-Wan right now. This is not Ewan McGregor. This is Obi-Wan Kenobi that I’m talking to.” My character is supposed to be a little bit intimidated by him, and I was a little bit intimidated. You know, it’s f*****g Obi-Wan, what are you gonna do?”
I’m still no further forward. How about his description of one of the scenes he shot?
“You really feel like you’re there. The first scene we shot, it was Star Wars outside the windows, with aliens walking around and ships flying by and all this stuff, but the rest of it just looked like a warehouse. So I did a couple of takes and then Ewan was like, “You know, none of this is real.” I knew the windows weren’t real, but the walls weren’t either! I looked and I was like, “Wow, the walls are projected.” The only thing that was real in the whole room was the desk I was sitting at. It was wild. It was really, really exciting. I love shooting like that, because you don’t have to pretend that you’re on a spaceship flying through space. It really feels like you’re in a spaceship flying through space.”
Still no idea, but we will find out next year some time I’m sure. What do you think of his comments as Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani talks Obi-Wan Kenobi role for the first time? Thoughts below as always.