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Ewan McGregor Reveals His 'Star Wars' Actor Uncle Denis Lawson Tried to Talk Him Out of Joining the Franchise! (Video)

Ewan McGregor was discouraged by his own uncle to star in a Star Wars movie – which his uncle originally starred in!

The 48-year-old The Phantom Menace actor revealed that his uncle Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in Star Wars, tried to discourage him from joining the cast.

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“When my parents took me to…see Star Wars for the first time in the cinema, to see my uncle on the screen but also it was Star Wars, it blew my mind. And my uncle is in all three of those original films…He’d always been really dismissive of it because he did a couple of weeks work, sitting in a cardboard spaceship…and yet he had this massive following. It sort of annoyed him,” Ewan revealed on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, which airs on Sunday (February 9).

“He was one of the people who said, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it…and then the nearer I got to it, the more I wanted to do it.”

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Ewan McGregor Shares His Intense Ghost Story on 'Late Night'!

Ewan McGregor is sharing his ghost story!

While making an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday (February 5), the 48-year-old actor told a very creepy story about a paranormal encounter from his 20s when he was staying in student housing while his classmates were away for Easter and Passover.

“I was suddenly struck with this pain on my back. I ripped off my robe, and there was a big black burn mark on the back of my robe,” Ewan recalled. “I looked at the robe again and now I see the whole back of the robe was singed dark brown and then this black burn mark on my shoulder blade. So, I freaked out. I got out of there and went to spend my birthday with my Uncle Dennis.”

When Ewan came back, he discovered that one of his fellow students, a neighbor downstairs, had returned so, he told him what happened and Ewan was then told about a man who used to occupy the neighbor’s apartment. Apparently, the man was “an old, reclusive guy” who “never went out.” The man’s brother would reportedly bring him hot meals two to three times a week. However, there was one weekend when the brother got sick and didn’t come.

“The gentleman was boiling kettle in his kitchen, and he was so hungry that he fainted,” Ewan continued. “The kettle set fire to his kitchen and he was burned on his back, dragged out of the house and he died of his burns to his back.”

Ewan decided to leave his room and spend the night in his neighbor’s apartment instead. When he walked in, he joked that the place was “as dusty as when the old man used to live here.” That’s when the “ceiling came down like in a wave.”

Ewan also talked to Seth about his confusion over the caucus system and talks about playing Black Mask in his new film Birds of Prey.

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Ewan McGregor Tries On Harley Quinn's Pigtails at 'Birds of Prey' Fan Event in NYC

Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have a laugh at Ewan McGregor wearing pink and green pigtails inside the Birds of Prey fan event in Times Square on Tuesday night (February 4) in New York City.

The three stars of the film joined co-stars Rosie Perez, and Ella Jay Basco, as well as director Cathy Yan for the fan event.

Margot, Jurnee, Ewan, Cathy, Rosie and Ella posed for pictures outside the venue before a group of Harley Quinns joined the party.

Earlier in the day, the cast stopped by The View and Good Morning America to promote the new film.

FYI: Margot wore an Alexandre Vauthier look.

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Ewan McGregor Reveals How He's Prepping for His Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

Ewan McGregor sits down for an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday (January 31) in New York City.

The 48-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his work in the new movie Birds of Prey, opened up about his upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+.

Ewan talked about prepping for the show and how he caught up on the recent Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

“We’re going to start shooting it next year,” Ewan said. “I’ve been watching The Mandalorian. I liked it. I really liked it. And I’m just trying to keep abreast of all the new Star Wars films that come out. And I’m excited about it. It’s been a long time. I can’t remember when the last one I did. 2003 I think was the last one I did.”

During the appearance, Ewan played a police officer during a sketch with Jimmy.

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Ewan McGregor Wears Captains Hat for Flight Into NYC

Ewan McGregor makes his way out of JFK Airport after his flight into town on Thursday (January 30) in New York City.

The 48-year-old actor sported a captains hat with a gray cardigan and black pants for his flight into the Big Apple.

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Ewan was recently in Hollywood where he joined Margot Robbie and their co-stars at the premiere of Birds of Prey. The film hits theaters on February 7.

If you missed it, Ewan gave an update on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series heading to Disney+.

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Ewan McGregor Thinks His & Chris Messina's 'Birds of Prey' Villians are Gay

Ewan McGregor is pretty sure that his and Chris Messina‘s characters are “more than likely” gay in Birds of Prey.

In a new interview, the two actors opened up about their villainous roles – crime lord Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) and serial killer Victor Zsasz – in the movie.

“It’s very complicated,” he shared with Variety about the duo’s relationship status. “Their relationship is very much based…there’s a want and a need in there for sure.”

Chris added, “There’s like a real love of anarchy.”

“More than likely, yes,” Ewan said.

Birds of Prey will open in theaters on February 7th.

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