Now, if you want to get a room full of Star Wars fans riled up, there's really no better way than to ask exactly what everyone thinks about the prequel trilogy. After all, you're likely to find that for every devoted lover of George Lucas's expansion of the saga, they'll be three or four other equally devoted fans who shudder at its very mention. The one-two-three punch of expanded comic relief (hey there Jar Jar), endless CGI (good to meet you non-puppet Yoda) and just...so...much...melodrama ('sup, Anakin) managed to alienate a giant chunk of Star Wars' fan base, while providing a whole other section of it with the all-new, all-different trilogy they had always wanted.
One thing that pretty much everyone seems to be able to get on board with, though, is that...
Ewan McGregor Did A Surprisingly Good Job Of Following Alec Guinness As Obi-Wan Kenobi
Now, sure, the debate over which actor is the "true" Obi-Wan still rages, but few fans tend to argue that McGregor's performance didn't largely live up to some of the loftiest expectations in cinema.
That being said, have you ever wondered...
Just What Would Young Obi-Wan Have Looked Like Had Alec Guinness Played Him?
After all, fantastic as McGregor was (and may still be, if those rumors of an Obi-Wan cameo/solo movie turn out to be true), it's still tough not to imagine what our original Ben Kenobi might have looked like as a young Jedi.
Which makes it all the more exciting to come across an image that has recently been doing the rounds of the interweb of pretty much exactly that:
Now, sure, it may not quite explain how this rash young man...
...turned in to this distinguished elder statesman/hermit...
...but it sure is awesome in the meantime.
What do you think, though?
Who's the REAL Obi-Wan Kenobi?