Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Who Played It Best? Obi-Wan Kenobi

Who Played It Best? Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sorry I did not do this last week, I was home for the holidays and I was not around a computer much over that time. I did catch the first trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" over my time home for Thanksgiving, and I have been in a Star Wars kind of mood since.

This mood I find myself in has inspired me to pick the latest entry in this column. "Star Wars" is one of my favorite things in the world, not favorite movies, favorite things. I love the original trilogy with a burning passion and I one of the mad bastards who actually liked the prequels. Yes, I don't think they match the originals, but I did love what they produced, even if George Lucas remains stiff act directing actors. Between the original trilogy and the prequels, we have seen two actors take on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a main character in the "Star Wars" mythology. We have seen old Kenobi played by Alex Guinness and young Kenobi played by Ewen McGregor, so which Kenobi do you prefer?
My Two Cents
This decision will probably tell you what kind of "Star Wars" fan you are. I know many people who absolutely detest the prequels, and I can understand all the hate. Lots of people can't stand the prequels, some don't really qualify their existence. On the other hand I know many people who were also very moved by the prequels, and can take them for what they are. I can see many people voting for Ewan McGregor. Honestly, it really is a tough choice for me. See, McGregor was the main reason I kept watching the prequels. He was so fearless and so effortless that it was incredible. McGregor brought so much emotional heft to the role that I wanted to applaud, particularly in "Revenge of the Sith." But, at the end of the day, Guinness was the character first. Guinness became the character and he really put his signature on the character. I can see that McGregor studied Guinness quite a bit before he put on the brown robe, for me, that counts for something. I think Guinness will get the edge in my opinion.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know by next week. You can email me ( or sound off on the comment section below. You have until next Wednesday to vote, and yes, I mean it this time.
After a one week break, the results are in on who played Magneto better for Fox. The winner is...
Well, he is a knight guys.

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