Ewan McGregor reveals first lightsaber battle was with Oasis star

Trainspotting 2 star Ewan McGregor was cast as Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Picture; Jane Barlow
Trainspotting 2 star Ewan McGregor was cast as Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Picture; Jane Barlow
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EWAN McGregor has confirmed he trained for his role in Star Wars by having a drunken lightsaber fight with Noel Gallagher.

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Picture by JANE BARLOW. 27th October 2011. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performed at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 27th October 2011. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performed at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

The Oasis star claimed last month he and the Trainspotting actor had a battle in his garden just hours after McGregor secured the role as Obi Wan Kenobi.

McGregor’s first role in the iconic space opera franchise was in 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

The Scot has now confirmed the incident took place during a wild party at Gallagher’s house in London.

He said: “Yes it’s true. I found out that I had got the part of Obi Wan Kenobi and went to a party at Noel’s house which was just down the road from me in Belsize Park at the time.

Noel Gallagher. Picture; Stock image

Noel Gallagher. Picture; Stock image

“It was in the nineties so like eight o’clock the next morning we were having a lightsaber fight in his garden.

“He had lightsabers there. I didn’t come with my own at that time.

“It was full on, he didn’t go easy with me. It’s a true story.”

On his official Facebook page, Gallagher claimed to have taught McGregor how to be a Jedi knight.

He wrote: “Ewan McGregor was my neighbour, right, and he came round my house the night he got the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“I just happened to have two of those lightsaber toys, so I said, ‘Come on - in the back garden.’ And we had a f****** lightsaber fight.

“His first Jedi training session was with yours truly in my back garden at eight in the morning.”

McGregor later went on to star in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The 45-year-old from Crieff, Perthshire, has just finished filming on the sequel to Trainspotting and said he thinks the film will be a hit with fans.

He said: “We have just finished. I didn’t really think it would ever happen.

“It was only last year that we got copies of the script sent to us by Danny Boyle.

“John Hodge who wrote the original screenplay for Trainspotting has just wrote a blinder. He has really managed to make the sequel we were all waiting for.

“I was always reluctant to make a sequel to Trainspotting because I didn’t want to damage the reputation of the original which is much loved.

“I didn’t want to make a poorer sequel to it and then when I read the script I realised that’s not what we were going to be doing so I was in, I was definitely in.”