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Ewan McGregor
Actor, Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999)
As for Ewan McGregor, what happened? He looks as if he just sat on the sharp end of his lightsabre. It must have taken some nerve to drain the charisma out of this cheerful Scotsman and force him to speak like Noel Coward. McGregor may well be laughed off the screen when the movie opens in Britain - an unthinkable turn of events. His first words in the film are “I have a bad feeling about this”. Yes, laddie, and you’ve got two more episodes to go.
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
Ewan McGregor announced around the time he was making this film that he was going to give up acting for a while; my feeling is that he should have waited until after appearing in this movie to go on sabbatical. Playing the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, this normally sparky actor gives a cowed, constipated imitation of Alec Guinness. For much of the movie, he
seems to be heavily sedated, which makes Liam Neeson's description of him as “headstrong” seem over-optimistic.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, Down With Love (2003)
Ewan, kitted out in sharp suitings, is as attractive as a stoat in a tux.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Actor, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Ewan McGregor still soldiers on as the Jedi knight to whom Anakin is apprenticed, Obi-Wan Kenobi. He has a bit more to do than in the first movie, where he seemed to spend most of his time standing slightly behind Liam Neeson's left ear, as though inspecting it for psoriasis. He's saddled with a lot of wisecracks that are intended to show how cool he is under pressure. He delivers these with a passable imitation of Sir Alec Guinness's accent, but they just make him sound like Roger Moore in the darker period of the James Bond franchise. This most boyishly mischievous of actors seems ground down by the cares of looking after an apprentice. It's a terrible waste.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Once again McGregor speaks in a simperingly lifeless RADA-English accent, a muddled and misconceived backdating of the Guinness original - the young fogey with the light-sabre. In boringness he is matched by that other Jedi master of woodenness: Hayden Christensen.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
If Hayden Christensen is poor, Ewan McGregor is abysmal. So flat are his line-readings that at one point it crossed my mind that he had fallen out with George Lucas and was deliberately trying to show how terrible his lines are. Even when threatening others (“You won’t get away with this, Dookus!”) he sounds as uninterested as it is possible to be. And his timing when delivering Han Solo-style wisecracks is way, way off. Much of his dialogue sounds as if it’s been revoiced by Keanu Reeves. And in a climactic sequence taking place on molten lava, McGregor forgets even to look slightly warm.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
McGregor manages to be simultaneously stiff and lightweight, a kind of balsa-wood sage with a sandy beard that has apparently been ripped untimely from the visage of Bjorn from Abba.
(Jenny McCartney, Sunday Telegraph)
Actor, Incendiary (2008)
McGregor is even more feeble than usual. His last decent performance was five years ago, in Young Adam.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, Angels & Demons (2009)
McGregor unleashes a dreadful 'Oirish' accent in one of the weakest performances of his career.
(Lewis Bazley, inthe
As the second most important character in the movie, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna, the late Pope’s confidante and adopted son, the pitifully lightweight Ewan McGregor affects an Oirish accent, which is more of an attempt to act than he’s made in any of his last twenty movies. Unsurprisingly, he fails to make sense of a character whose actions and speeches throughout are papal bull.
(Chris Tookey Daily Mail)
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