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Now, the first day at a new job is always difficult. Between navigating the murky waters of office politics, finding out where the paper clips are stored, and generally trying not to set anything on fire, it's a tough ask at the best of times. Thankfully, for most people, the worst case scenario is likely getting called into their new supervisor's office to explain precisely how that exotic fish wound up in the water cooler, and why they aren't wearing any pants, before gently being shown the way to the exit. For an actor, though, the first day working with a new director can — if they play their cards spectacularly wrong — easily result in them being swiftly recast, something Hollywood never, ever forgets.

Or, as in the case of a certain modern-day Kenobi, , it can turn out to provide a gloriously awkward story to tell during a talk with The Hollywood Masters interview series, in which it was revealed that...

Ewan McGregor's First Meeting With George Lucas Was Hilariously Embarrassing

And not because he randomly turned up in costume... [Lucasfilm]
And not because he randomly turned up in costume... [Lucasfilm]

What's more, it was embarrassing in possibly the most -like fashion possible. As McGregor tells it:

"I had to go to studios in Watford, north of London, where they shot all the Harry Potter movies. I remember going there, meeting George, and being allowed to read the script. I had to read it in the producer’s office — like, literally, being almost locked in with the script, so that it doesn’t get leaked — and then being shown around the sets with George. There was a great big submarine thing that I end up in with Liam [Neeson] and Jar Jar Binks. And I remember looking at this huge polystyrene thing [that had been made to look like a] submarine, and there was a cockpit. And I looked at it and I went, ‘Will we go under?’ He looked at me and went, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Will we go underwater with it?’ And he looked at me like I was insane. He said, ‘None of that is real, you know.’ And I went, ‘Oh. Yeah.’"

Which, since Lucas's work on the quickly became famous for pioneering the near-total use of green screen technology (at the expense of location shooting), is both hilariously embarrassing, and likely hugely endearing to anyone who loves old-school in-camera filmmaking.

For McGregor, though, it's easy to imagine the moment still haunting his dreams, just a little. Unless of course his every nightmare is made up of perpetually dancing Jar Jars, twirling an endless, existentially horrifying jig. Or is that just us?

Still want more on Ewan McGregor, and the potential return of Obi-Wan? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, though, what do you think? Do you have any embarrassing "first day" stories that trump McGregor's? Let us know below!



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