Ewan McGregor on his surprise Star Wars cameo: “I’d been waiting for the call to come for two years!”

McGregor was more than ready for his part in The Force Awakens...

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They say good things come to those who wait – but Ewan McGregor was left twiddling his thumbs for rather a long time before he was asked to take part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The actor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, had been secretly hoping JJ Abrams would pick up the phone before he got the call to make a very brief cameo in the film, delivering the words: “Rey? These are your first steps”.

“I recorded a line for it. It was very late in the day, I’d been waiting for the call to come for two years!” McGregor jokily told Jimmy Kimmel.

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“Maybe they’d lost my agent’s phone number! But I got a call just shortly before it was released from JJ [Abrams] saying, ‘I’d love you to be in it. There’s a sequence where we can use a voice, we hear Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice coming from the distant reaches of the forest.'”