Ewan McGregor: 'Star Wars fans are f***ing w***ers, I've seen Phantom Menace once'

Actor says he's sick of signing Star Wars merch just so that people can sell it

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Don't expect Ewan McGregor to be walking the red carpet when Star Wars 7 arrives next year, he seems pretty pleased that the franchise is behind him.

Because this isn't one of those comments taken wildly out of context situations, here's his exchange with Details this week verbatim:

Star Wars fans are notoriously intense. Have you had positive experiences with them?

I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f*ckers 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 f*cking picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans—they're parasitical lowlifes and fu*king w*nkers.

In almost every online ranking of Star Wars movies, Phantom Menace is rated as the worst. Do you defend the movie or agree with people who think it's a piece of crap?

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.

The same fate could befall the latest round of star actors who have taken the plunge with Star Wars (Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver etc) though the early signs are good for the sequel.

Director JJ Abrams seems to get that fans are looking for practical effects rather than a ton of CGI, and the appointment of Lawrence Kasdan suggests the script will remain in the same vein as the original trilogy.