Ewan McGregor analyzes Obi-Wan Kenobi’s many haircuts

Obi-Wan Kenobi was first introduced way back in 1977 when he was played by Alec Guinness in “Star Wars”. But at this point, Ewan McGregor has spent far more time playing Kenobi than Guinness ever did. He has played him in all three prequel movies and will soon be returning to his role on his show of him, “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi”.

McGregor has played Kenobi at many different times in his life, starting with when he was a Padawan apprentice in 1999’s “The Phantom Menace”. He has also undergone a wide variety of hairstyles. McGregor analyzed them all with Entertainment Weekly, starting with Kenobi’s youthful cut, seen here in a wax simulacrum:

Episode I: The Tail of the Phantom Rat

“I remember the idea that it was short,” McGregor said. “I think they were looking for something in the military sense or in the monk world that there is some kind of hairstyle sacrifice to be a Jedi. I guess to become a Jedi you have to give up on the idea of ​​being married or there is some sort of quality. as a monk who are similar. “

What I didn’t really like was when we came back, there was always a period of time after the main shoot where we would come back to do some takes. And for episode 1, it was six, seven, eight months after principal photography, we had to go back and I was doing something else and I couldn’t cut my hair. And so they made a wig that was a short hair wig, which is the worst type of wig. If you have a wig and it’s long hair, you can hide the fact that it’s a wig, but when it’s a wig with short hair, it’s a nightmare. I’ve seen some clips from both Episode 1 and Episode 2 footage where you say “Are you kidding me?”

And then for episode 1, not only did I have to wear it for the shoot, and it’s usually just a little take here or there for the shoot. And most people don’t notice. But some bright sparkle decided to put me on a poster with the wig! They picked an image of me from the shoot and I saw myself in this huge poster with the wig. And I’m like, ‘Are you kidding? Couldn’t you find a picture of me from the actual photo shoot? ‘ Incredible. I don’t know who he was, but I’d like to meet them someday and just say, “Are you kidding me?”

And we would like to see it happen.

I feel like McGregor is ignoring the elephant in the room here, though: Obi-Wan’s super long rat tail. That haircut is really all about the rat tail. Why is nobody talking about the rat tail?

Episode 2: The gray mullet attack

It was several years of Obi-Wan’s life when we joined him in 2002’s “Attack of the Clones,” and he was clearly making up for lost time, from a follicle point of view. His hair was short in “The Phantom Menace”, but in “Attack of the Clones” he is wearing something of a modified mullet, with a dinner in front and a real rabid in the back.

“We called it the Jedi mullet type,” McGregor said. “It might be a little cool in some second degree way, but not really. It was very mullet-y and somehow more or less inspired by the Bee Gees, I really think. Jedi Bee Gees. So yeah, I didn’t. I don’t really like it, but I guess there is some sort of progression. “

And as everyone knows, nothing holds a good reference to the Bee Gees in young “Star Wars” fans.

Episode 3: Revenge of the Sensitive Hits

Obi-Wan’s headset in 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” is a little less ostentatious. It’s just kind of a normal white bread haircut, but it was done with intention nonetheless, as McGregor revealed:

Eventually in episode 3, we got our hair cut, which is heading more towards Alec Guinness in episode 4. We were looking at photos of Alec Guinness in episode 4 and we were definitely trying to bridge that gap. We thought, this is the last time we’ll see Obi-Wan Kenobi before he’s Alec Guinness. And so we are moving in that direction. We put some graying in here. We have grayed our beards a little. And it was a much shorter haircut. I think the episode 2 haircut was meant to be like a warrior, and the episode 3 haircut was meant to be more master, teacher. So I think my idea was definitely to try and get closer to Alec Guinness. It was to try to prove that that was where I was going.

But of course, it wouldn’t be the last time we’ve seen Obi-Wan Kenobi before he was Alec Guinness, as McGregor will be returning to the role in the new show. And that means a new look:

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (he let himself go)

In the new show, Obi-Wan has gone back to his hair a bit from “Attack of the Clones”, although this time it’s out of laziness. “I think he’s a man who hasn’t taken much care of himself, and I wanted a much more scruffy look where Obi-Wan starts at the beginning of that story, he’s pretty hopeless,” McGregor said. “He’s hopeless, he’s faithless and he wanted this type of hair and beard to represent him. So he’s a lot less groomed and longer.”

Hayden Christensen will also return in the new show, once again playing Darth Vader. The hair game is simpler there, though; there are just so many ways you can give an “almost completely sung” style.

“Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi” will debut on Disney + on May 25th.

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