Ewan McGregor noted the difference between acting and lying when it came to his years of fibbing about reprising his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. “You get paid to act,” the actor quipped during his appearance on Ellen on Tuesday, adding that he was embarrassed about having to lie when asked about it.
Guest host Howie Mandel pointed out that McGregor was simply acting even when he wasn’t acting. But McGregor called it what it was: “Lying.”
“It’s awkward because the studios and the franchises, they want to keep everything totally secret, of course, which I understand,” McGregor explained. “But as the person being asked over and over and over again, ‘Are you? Would you do it again, would you do it again?’ And I’m already talking to them about it, but I can’t say that I am. So like for four years I was saying, ‘Well, I’d be happy to do it again if they — I’m just waiting for the call’ … It was embarrassing.”
Later, Mandel and McGregor played a game in tribute to the actor’s role in Doctor Sleep, which opens in theaters on November 8th. In the film based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, which is the sequel to The Shining, McGregor portrays an adult Danny Torrance who continues to be haunted by what took place at the Overlook Hotel. The pair played a game called “Horton Hears Someone in the Attic,” where they guessed whether book titles are from Stephen King or a children’s book, and it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.