Star Wars can usually really feel culturally ubiquitous, however typically even the folks working in its house discover themselves inside a world they’ve little expertise with (as they need to: Star Wars thrives on the views of many, and that features folks unfamiliar with it!). However for Eman Esfandi, going again and buying that data made his Star Wars position much more enjoyable in hindsight.
Esfandi just lately mentioned his preliminary lack of Star Wars knowhow in a current interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Though the actor was lifeless set on bringing Ezra to life—revealing he had instructed his brokers he felt destined to painting the live-action model of the Rebels character months earlier than Lucasfilm even started auditioning the position—the actor didn’t really meet up with the world of Star Wars till after he’d completed filming. “I wasn’t a Star Wars particular person earlier than the present. I simply didn’t develop up on it,” Esfandi instructed THR. “However after we shot the present, I inhaled all of it for six months.” That realization made Esfandi replicate on one second in his Ahsoka efficiency particularly: the scenes the place Sabine Wren reunites together with her buddy after many years (and a complete galaxy) aside, catching him up with all the things that’s occurred for the reason that climax of Star Wars Rebels noticed Ezra exile himself and Thrawn away to elements unknown.
“When Sabine was filling Ezra in, I additionally didn’t know a lot about it. As soon as I received to know all the things, it simply made that scene twice as humorous,” Esfandi mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, that was how they stuffed Ezra in? That’s hilarious.’”
After all, an actor doesn’t must be deeply conversant in all of the lore to play their half properly—Esfandi did a reasonably stellar job bringing an older Ezra to life in Ahsoka, no matter his familiarity with the supply materials in that second. If something, that lack of familiarity works for the character: in spite of everything, Ezra was born the day the Republic turned the Galactic Empire, and he vanished off of the face of the galaxy a 12 months earlier than the occasions of A New Hope. Now that we all know he was actually in a complete different galaxy, he missed out on the majority of what Star Wars is, with no option to compensate for it. However there’s additionally one thing deeply humorous, and extremely Ezra, in regards to the considered him “uh huh, yeah, uh huh”-ing his means via a fast recap of occasions by Sabine, solely to study the total extent of what occurred throughout the occasions of, properly, Star Wars after the actual fact, and discovering it completely insane.
As a result of it form of is! Particularly to somebody like Ezra and his personal unfastened connections to the individuals who would ultimately turn out to be the movers and shakers of galaxy-changing occasions. The concept of Ezra watching archival holo-docs in regards to the galactic civil struggle after his return house and studying that it ended with Ahsoka’s outdated grasp getting redeemed by his son—and had a son within the first place—who turned the face of the Insurgent Alliance in his absence alongside that senator’s daughter he met as soon as, or that Palpatine, so far as he knew, by no means managed to do some darkish aspect bullshit with the World Between Worlds, may be very humorous to me.
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