With the latest Star Wars installment in the making, there is an entire industry around Star Wars merchandise and paraphernalia that is heating up again. George Lucas himself famously made a fortune by not dismissing the possibilities in licensing merchandise from the movies.
Sometimes making money on that stuff leads people to be a bit pushy. Ewan McGregor, who played a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel series, recently spoke to Details Magazine about his run-ins with the folks who are only out to get his autograph for re-sale.
“I don’t have any experience with [real fans at conventions]. I’ve never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the fuckers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their fucking picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes and fucking wankers.”
Autographed prints of McGregor as Obi-Wan sell for between $100 and $200 on eBay and other online shops. So the market is understandably lucrative for dealers.
McGregor is aware that Phantom Menace, one of the prequel installments he was in, is not well-liked by fans. Fans are particularly critical of the Jar Jar Binks character. But McGregor seems to understand the disdain fans have.
“I watched it once, at the premiere, so I’m not in a good position to judge. They had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time. I don’t mind the criticism. I’ve heard it to my face.”