Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered.
Well, McGregor has a response to those “fans”—though he calls them by another name.
In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn’t have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, having never been to “one of those conventions.” Instead, McGregor said he only met “the f—ers” who were not real fans. These “fans” were more interested in selling his signature online than actually interacting with him or engaging with the film.
“They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes and f—ing wankers,” McGregor told Details.
McGregor also discussed his hopes for a Trainspotting sequel, saying “It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016”—20 years after the original.
Read the rest of McGregor’s interview for more about his time on Star Wars, as well as his defense of Michael Bay’s The Island, which he claims is the director’s best film. Pain & Gain’s Dwayne Johnson may disagree, however.
This story has been updated. An earlier version of the story had spelled Alec Guinness’ name as Alex McGuinness.