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Ewan McGregor: “I turned around, and f**king Darth Vader was coming at me. It scared the s**t out of me”

Ewan McGregor never met Darth Vader. Despite appearing in three Star Wars movies with Anakin Skywalker, the actor never met a villain in his iconic suit and helmet. But thanks to the new Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi, McGregor finally gets the chance to battle a fully-dressed Vader.

“I’ve never met Darth Vader,” he told Total Film in a new issue of the magazine. The magazine’s cover features Obi-Wan Kenobi. “I rehearsed the scene with Vader but no helmets or anything. When they shouted “action” he had to follow me when we came to film the scene. I turned around and the damn Darth Vader came towards me. It’s like 6 years old again. I’ve never played with Vader’s helmet before. I’ve never met his eyes before.

“That scared me.” he laughs “I’m not kidding. It gave me a real shock of absolute fear. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this isn’t smoke. This is reality. I’m really, really, really scared right now.’ And so did the stormtroopers I had previously worked with clone troopers, but many of them were CGI. I never worked with a stormtrooper and when I actually saw a stormtrooper with a blaster, it felt like I was 7 years old again, ‘God damn it. It’s like ‘Hell to Eat’.

“It’s like a real childhood horror memory. It’s so deep within us. I’ve been acting for 30 years and I’ve never felt really scared when I was acting because I was scared… But there were actually quite a few scary moments. It’s so funny.”

McGregor isn’t the only one surprised by Vader’s on set performance. “When he first came on set, we had a quiet time together,” says director Deborah Chow, who previously worked on Manadorian. “It’s crazy to have Vader right in front of you. It’s amazing, but very intense at the start.”

On the cover story of the new issue of Total Film magazine, McGregor, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen, co-star Moses Ingram, and director Deborah Chow talk lengthily about Obi-Wan and his new adventures.

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Ewan McGregor: “I turned around, and f**king Darth Vader was coming at me. It scared the s**t out of me”

Ewan McGregor’s never met Darth Vader. Despite appearing in three Star Wars movies opposite Anakin Skywalker, the actor never met the villain while he was wearing the iconic suit and helmet. Thanks to the new Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi, though, McGregor finally had the opportunity to spar with a fully-clad Vader.
“I’ve never met Darth Vader,” he tells Total Film in the new issue of the magazine, which features Obi-Wan Kenobi on the cover. “I had rehearsed the scene with Vader, but not with the helmet on or anything like that. When we came to do the scene, when they shouted ‘action’, he had to come from behind me. I turned around, and fucking Darth Vader was coming at me. It was like I was six again. I’d never acted into Vader’s helmet. I’d never looked him in the eye. 
“It scared the shit out of me,” he chuckles. “I’m not joking. It gave me a proper jolt of absolute fear. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not acting. That’s real. I’m really, truly frightened right now.’ And the same thing would happen with the Stormtroopers. I’d worked with Clone troopers before, but so many of them were CGI. I never worked with Stormtroopers, and, again, I was like seven years old again. Because when you’re actually faced with a Stormtrooper, with a blaster, it’s like: ‘Fucking hell.’ 
“It’s like actual childhood memories of being scared. That’s how deeply it’s in us. I’ve acted for 30 years, and I’ve never been genuinely frightened when I’m acting frightened… But I had moments on this that were genuinely quite scary. It’s so funny.” 
McGregor was not the only one astounded by Vader’s appearance on set. “There was a moment of silence, collectively, when he first came onto set,” director Deborah Chow, who previously worked on The Manadalorian, says. “Just having Vader standing in front of you is a crazy thing. It’s an amazing thing, but it’s very intense when you first start doing it.”
In the cover story of the new issue of Total Film magazine, McGregor, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen, co-star Moses Ingram, and director Deborah Chow talk in-depth about Obi-Wan and his new adventure.
Pre-order a copy of the Obi-Wan Kenobi issue of Total Film now
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney Plus on Friday, May 27, with subsequent episodes premiering on Wednesdays. For much more from McGregor and co, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday, April 28.

(Image credit: Total Film/Disney/Lucasfilm)
If you’re a fan of Total Film, why not subscribe so you never miss an issue? Sign up via MagazinesDirect and you’ll save money on the cover price, as well as getting exclusive subscriber covers like the one you can see above. And with our current subs offer, you can also get a free pair of headphones.

(Image credit: Total Film/Disney/Lucasfilm)

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Ewan McGregor: “I turned around, and f**king Darth Vader was coming at me. It scared the s**t out of me”

Ewan McGregor’s never met Darth Vader. Despite appearing in three Star Wars movies opposite Anakin Skywalker, the actor never met the villain while he was wearing the iconic suit and helmet. Thanks to the new Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi, though, McGregor finally had the opportunity to spar with a fully-clad Vader.
“I’ve never met Darth Vader,” he tells Total Film in the new issue of the magazine, which features Obi-Wan Kenobi on the cover. “I had rehearsed the scene with Vader, but not with the helmet on or anything like that. When we came to do the scene, when they shouted ‘action’, he had to come from behind me. I turned around, and fucking Darth Vader was coming at me. It was like I was six again. I’d never acted into Vader’s helmet. I’d never looked him in the eye. 
“It scared the shit out of me,” he chuckles. “I’m not joking. It gave me a proper jolt of absolute fear. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not acting. That’s real. I’m really, truly frightened right now.’ And the same thing would happen with the Stormtroopers. I’d worked with Clone troopers before, but so many of them were CGI. I never worked with Stormtroopers, and, again, I was like seven years old again. Because when you’re actually faced with a Stormtrooper, with a blaster, it’s like: ‘Fucking hell.’ 
“It’s like actual childhood memories of being scared. That’s how deeply it’s in us. I’ve acted for 30 years, and I’ve never been genuinely frightened when I’m acting frightened… But I had moments on this that were genuinely quite scary. It’s so funny.” 
McGregor was not the only one astounded by Vader’s appearance on set. “There was a moment of silence, collectively, when he first came onto set,” director Deborah Chow, who previously worked on The Manadalorian, says. “Just having Vader standing in front of you is a crazy thing. It’s an amazing thing, but it’s very intense when you first start doing it.”
In the cover story of the new issue of Total Film magazine, McGregor, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen, co-star Moses Ingram, and director Deborah Chow talk in-depth about Obi-Wan and his new adventure.
Pre-order a copy of the Obi-Wan Kenobi issue of Total Film now
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney Plus on Friday, May 27, with subsequent episodes premiering on Wednesdays. For much more from McGregor and co, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday, April 28.

(Image credit: Total Film/Disney/Lucasfilm)
If you’re a fan of Total Film, why not subscribe so you never miss an issue? Sign up via MagazinesDirect and you’ll save money on the cover price, as well as getting exclusive subscriber covers like the one you can see above. And with our current subs offer, you can also get a free pair of headphones.

(Image credit: Total Film/Disney/Lucasfilm)

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