Ewan McGregor has said it was "hard" when the Star Wars prequel films were "universally not very much liked".

The Scottish actor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in three of the highest-grossing movies of all time which were released between 1999 and 2005.

The Star Wars prequels – The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith – did not impress fans of the much-loved franchise. There were complaints about the boring storylines, bad acting and scripting, and the introduction of Jar Jar Binks did not go down well.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter he said it was "hard they didn't get well-received".

McGregor added: "That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked."

He is reprising his role as the jedi in a series for Disney’s streaming platform and said he is "really excited" about the project.

"Maybe more so than the first ones, because I’m older – I just turned 50 – and I’m just in a much better place," he said.

McGregor said working on 2005 Star Wars film Revenge Of The Sith was difficult because it was largely done in front of a screen rather than on a set.

"After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious – especially when the scenes are… I don’t want to be rude, but it’s not Shakespeare," he said.

"There’s not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there’s no environment there.

"It was quite hard to do."

McGregor said that during filming for the new series the backgrounds are projected "onto this massive LED screen".

"So if you’re in a desert, you’re standing in the middle of a desert," he said.

"If you’re in the snow, you’re surrounded by snow. And if you’re in a cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space.

"It’s going to feel so much more real."

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