Ewan McGregor Would Return To ‘Star Wars,’ But Wouldn’t Use A Crossguard Lightsaber

Ewan McGregor would be happy to return to Star Wars. Just don’t make him use the new crossguard lightsaber. McGregor revealed that he would be open to returning to the franchise, just as long as he could use the classic lightsaber.

The 44-year-old actor, who famously played Obi-Wan, was heard telling reporters at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland this past weekend that he would “be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts.”

He just wouldn’t use the newly designed lightsaber. The former Jedi Knight explained the reason why he’s not crazy about the crossguard lightsaber.

“But I’m not sure about the [crossguard] lightsaber. If you fight with a lightsaber properly you don’t need one.”

This isn’t the first time that Ewan has exclaimed his disappointment with the new lightsaber. In his previous interview with MTV at the Sundance Film Festival, he explained why there’s no reason for the new design.

“You don’t need hilts. If you know how to handle a lightsaber, you don’t need a silly hilt. We managed very well, the Jedi order managed very well without hilts for hundreds of millions of years.”

Fans have discussed their dismay over the new lightsaber. Some have commented that the new saber would be dangerous for the user, or that it the opponent’s lightsaber could just simply slice through the side bits (i.e. metal emitters) that shoot out. With just one wrong move, the user could slice his hand off. As fans continue to debate the usefulness of the new lightsaber, the rest can check out the evolution of the Storm Troopers, including the Trooper Blasters.

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That won’t stop the actor from wanting to become a part of the franchise once again. The reason why Ewan McGregor wanted to become an actor was all because of Star Wars. He recalled the time he saw his uncle, Denis Lawson, in one of the original Star Wars films.

“I remember going to see him in Star Wars in my shorts and red socks when my mum picked us up from school. I was six and it blew my brains out and that was it. I remember saying of Denis when I was nine I want to be an actor.”

Ewan also exclaimed his excitement for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters later this year. He says he’s not just excited to see it because he’s a “fan.” Ewan’s incredibly supportive of the work they’ve done since he’s been a part of the franchise.

“It’s not a fanatical thing. I’m really pleased I’m part of the legacy of it and happy to see it and I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like they’ve absolutely nailed it.”

There have been rumors that Disney would do an Obi-Wan film starring Ewan McGregor, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet. Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters across the nation on December 18.

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