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Old February 26 2015, 09:11 PM   #3661
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Re: Star Wars: Episode VII: The Nerd Rage Awakens

Part of me understands and sympathizes with Sir Alec because if that kind of global superstar fame were suddenly foisted upon us with little or no warning and we were used to enjoying far less public recognition I can see where he'd become annoyed with and even bitter about the constant recognition as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but at the same time he did act like kind of a dick to that kid wanting the autograph. It's not as if some irritating and socially-inept convention nerd in cosplay gear was pestering him for an autograph and wasn't taking no for an answer.

As with most celebs uncomfortable with the spotlight I can understand their attitudes to a point, but some of them go overboard and can be unpleasant to some of their fans.
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Old February 26 2015, 09:17 PM   #3662
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Yea- IIRC Nimoy went through the same disdain for playing Spock and the attention it generated. He got over it though unlike Guinness.
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Old February 27 2015, 12:29 AM   #3663
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Part of me understands and sympathizes with Sir Alec because if that kind of global superstar fame were suddenly foisted upon us with little or no warning and we were used to enjoying far less public recognition I can see where he'd become annoyed with and even bitter about the constant recognition as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but at the same time he did act like kind of a dick to that kid wanting the autograph. It's not as if some irritating and socially-inept convention nerd in cosplay gear was pestering him for an autograph and wasn't taking no for an answer.

As with most celebs uncomfortable with the spotlight I can understand their attitudes to a point, but some of them go overboard and can be unpleasant to some of their fans.
I always assumed he just thought it was beneath him, and was annoyed that he got so much fame for it, and not one of his more "respectable" roles. He was already pretty famous before SW, so I doubt he was that bothered by the fame itself.
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Old February 27 2015, 01:42 AM   #3664
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Re: Star Wars: Episode VII: The Nerd Rage Awakens

There are, of course, different opinions about his motivations but whichever was the reality it's probably not a good idea to do that to a small child. But oh well. It happens.
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Old February 27 2015, 07:39 PM   #3665
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Guinness was initially enthuasiastic about the first film. But later on he became more sour about the whole ordeal although he agreed to do the ghost in the sequels.

Ewan Mcgregor, although a fan of the OT (Although most probably know this, his uncle was Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles), has also tried to distance himself from the role of Obi-Wan but given the films he starred in, can you blame him?
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Old February 27 2015, 07:57 PM   #3666
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Guinness was initially enthuasiastic about the first film. But later on he became more sour about the whole ordeal although he agreed to do the ghost in the sequels.

Ewan Mcgregor, although a fan of the OT (Although most probably know this, his uncle was Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles), has also tried to distance himself from the role of Obi-Wan but given the films he starred in, can you blame him?
With the possible exception of Moulin Rouge, McGregor had distanced himself from just about all of his movies. But he has recently saying something about the new Star Wars movies, I didn't read what he supposedly said but from what I understand it wasn't very positive.
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He has also said he would be very happy to play Obi-Wan again if offered. He can not hate the prequels or the part that much!
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Old February 27 2015, 08:06 PM   #3668
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I don't think Ewan detests all Star Wars fans nor anything close to it, but I believe his comments were meant for the truly rabid and annoying fans who just won't leave him alone and expect him to sign action figures and other collectibles that he believes are just going to be auctioned off on eBay for insane amounts. He doesn't like those fans and how they treat the Star Wars franchise and his character like a means to profit and take advantage of actors' merchandise and autographs.

Can't say I blame him if that's the case. They'd annoy the shit out of me, too.
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Old February 27 2015, 08:44 PM   #3669
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Yeah, Ewan seems pretty cool with SW and like a very laid back guy all arround. I do understand Alec Guinness on the other hand, he is from a whole other generation, he lived to be an actor and acting was his life, to be recognized for only one role and not the hard work he put into his craft all his life must be frustrating.
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Old February 27 2015, 09:08 PM   #3670
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He has also said he would be very happy to play Obi-Wan again if offered. He can not hate the prequels or the part that much!
And in a recent MTV News interview he seemed genuinely disappointed that J.J. and the producers of Episode VII hadn't reached out and asked him to take part in the new movie (unless they did and an arrangement couldn't be worked out or Ewan is actually in the film but isn't permitted to speak about it right now and thus has to pretend as if he's not in the movie).
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