Ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi''s new Star Wars series, which takes place between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, was released in late May, one question has been raised on Twitter: Why does Obi-Wan look so much older in the original trilogy compared to the difference between the prequels and the new show?
The in-universe time difference between those periods is pretty much the same: about 10 years between Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope. However, the difference between the original trilogy Obi-Wan and the new Obi-Wan is profound, as many, many, many, many express their gratitude on social media.
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Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi age like that?
Because he isn''t real, it''s a fictional character played by different people.
In the prequel trilogy and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Alec Guinness plays the character, which he played when he was 62 years old, and he died in 2000. Ewan McGregor was 26 when he was playing The Phantom Menace, and is currently 51. These are two wonderful people!
Wait, so Obi-Wan Kenobi is not a real person?
Yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character who is characterized by multiple actors who each each aged a normal amount over the course of appearing in these films and shows. Ah, cinema.