The iconic Star Wars star explained why he decided to return in an Obi-Wan Kenobi cameo
WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi!
Obi-Wan Kenobi featured its fair share of cameos from beloved characters from starwars What Bail Organa, Owen Lars and Beru Lars. However, the series saved the best for last as we finally saw the return of a great prequel character: Qui-Gon Jinn.
Throughout the series, Kenobi he has been calling his old master for guidance and finally during episode 6Liam Neeson he returned to reprise his role. In this regard, the actor nominated for the Academy Award told The Hollywood Reporter that he decided to return to the franchise for several reasons, mainly because he didn’t want another actor to play Qui-Gon Jinn.
“I certainly didn’t want anyone else to play Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George [Lucas] and that mythical world that he created. Also, Evan [McGregor] he’s a friend and I loved working with him on The Phantom Menace 25 years ago.”
In The Phantom Menace premiered in 1999, Qui-Gon was the teacher of Obi Wan and, through a series of events, the pair of Jedi found Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) on Tatooine. Not long after helping secure the freedom of Anakin, Qui-Gon was killed during a lightsaber duel with Darth Maul (RayPark). However, now in the Disney series, he returned as a force ghost.
Why didn’t you come back earlier?
The return of Neson to the franchise has been expected by many fans ever since Yoda told Obi Wan in Revenge of the Sith that it would teach him how to connect with the ghost of the Force of his late teacher, and in the series he finally succeeded and Lucasfilm arguably kept a promise to the fans.
Meanwhile, Neeson had commented on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel in 2020 that he always ignored negative comments towards The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones Y Revenge of the Sithand that he enjoyed his time in the franchise.
“I like it [The Phantom Menace]. I’m proud of that and proud to have been a part of it. I have to be a Jedi. I got to play with those wonderful lightsabers and stuff. It was fantastic, Andy, it really was.”
This won’t be the last time we see Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinnas it was also recently confirmed that he will lend his voice to his character in the upcoming animated series of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.