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The time line between trilogies dose not seem to fit....

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The time line between trilogies dose not seem to fit....

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GymQuirk
07.04.2012 , 06:47 PM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Liquidacid View Post
according to lore he was 57 in ANH

he also lived as a hermit in a desert for 19 years... that environment isn't exactly conducive to keeping a youthful look
FWIW, Sir Alec Guinness was in his 60s when episodes 4-6 were filmed. (Born 2 April 1914.)

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Liquidacid
07.04.2012 , 06:54 PM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by GymQuirk View Post
FWIW, Sir Alec Guinness was in his 60s when episodes 4-6 were filmed. (Born 2 April 1914.)
meh John Travolta was 24 and Olivia Newton John was 29 when they played teenage high school students in Grease... it's movies for ya

the kicker is Obi was supposed to be 57 in ANH and was all old and slow but in the EU Luke in now in his 60s and still doing triple backflips all over the place... Hell Han is in his 70s and still running around blasting people... Obi got a raw deal if you ask me... lol
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fatsweatshirt
07.04.2012 , 07:34 PM | #13
I think Obi-Wan mostly has to do with the film time. Star wars was made in 1977 and was the first film in the series. Lucas was still forming the story and what was going on. I don't think Obi-Wan being "slow" had anything to with his age or appearance (or probably even the actor); it had to do with the flim, filming style of the time, and technology. If you've seen the behind the scenes stuff, you can see how new and difficult it was for them to film the lightsaber scenes.

Look what they did to Chrisopher Lee for epsiode 2 and 3 and the improvements of lightsaber duels in general. Although they went way overboard with computer graphics, the point is, they made it all far more intense than the original 3 movies. I'm sure if the original films had been made in recent years, those duels would look different.

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SupremeLegate
07.04.2012 , 08:11 PM | #14
I was under the impression that 'A New Hope' was 30 years after 'Revenge of the Sith,' as I recall that was mentioned on the commentary for 'Revenge of the Sith.'

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cyberfreaq
07.05.2012 , 04:42 AM | #15
According to wookiepedia, Obi was 57 years old in A New Hope.
When ANH was filmed, Alec Guinness was 63 years old (1977 the movie and he was born in 1914).

So it really is not that much of a difference between the 63 years old actor and the 57 years old character. So it is true that some people may look older than their age.


ROTS took place in 19 BBY, meaning that Obi was 38 years old.
When ROTS was filmed, Ewan McGregor was 34 years old at the time (2005 the movie and he was born in 1971).

Again, there is not much of a difference between the age of the actor and the age of the character.
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Whereistheforce
07.05.2012 , 09:01 AM | #16
It's a shame the whole world doesnt know of Wookiepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Obi-Wan_Kenobi - Obi Wan died when he was 57 perfect time for him to be the old hermit he was.
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Piratekinq
07.05.2012 , 10:18 AM | #17
The answer is painfully obvious. Lucas messed up and made Obi-Wan too young. But if you have to explain it from within the story then life on Tatooine is harsh and speeds up aging. Uncle Owen also looks really young in Episode 3 but in a New Hope he is really old so it supports the hard life speeds up aging theory.

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Liquidacid
07.05.2012 , 12:11 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by Whereistheforce View Post
It's a shame the whole world doesnt know of Wookiepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Obi-Wan_Kenobi - Obi Wan died when he was 57 perfect time for him to be the old hermit he was.
we do... which is why it was pointed out multiple times before you posted
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cyberfreaq
07.05.2012 , 12:28 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by Piratekinq View Post
The answer is painfully obvious. Lucas messed up and made Obi-Wan too young. But if you have to explain it from within the story then life on Tatooine is harsh and speeds up aging. Uncle Owen also looks really young in Episode 3 but in a New Hope he is really old so it supports the hard life speeds up aging theory.
If you read my post (2 posts above yours) you will see that there is a very small difference between the age of the character and the age of the actor.
The character of Obi-Wan in ANH was supposed to be 57 years old while the actor, Alec Guinness, was 63. So that is a 6 years difference between the character and the actor. Not a big deal at all.
Same goes for Ewan McGregor who was 34 in ROTS, while Obi-Wan was 38 at the time. Just a 4 years difference.

Moving on to Own Lars, he was 5 years older than Obi-Wan. Meaning that in AOTC he was supposed to be 43.
I agree that Joel Edgerton, the actor in AOTC, was too young for the character (28 years old).
Phil Brown was 61 years old when ANH was filmed and the character was supposed to be 62 years old. So in the original trilogy, the actor had almost the same age as the character.

However, in case of Obi-Wan Lucas actually found actors who were very close to the real ages of the characters.

Mind you that when ANH was filmed, there was no BBY, no ABY year numbering. Those are just EU elements which were added a long time after the movie was filmed. Same goes to the actual age of the characters in the original trilogy. Their age was never specified on-screen, just introduced by the EU literature.
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snoopdogbaby
07.05.2012 , 04:26 PM | #20
Obi-Wan was, according to wookiepedia, born in 57 BBY. He was 39 at the time of Episode 3 (which was 18 BBY) and since Ep. 4 takes place in 0 BBY/ABY, he'd be 57 at the time of the movie. Combine that with living as a hermit for 18 years and I can see him looking his age.

Besides, wasn't Alec Guiness in his 50s during this movie?