Joseph Fiennes is probably best known for lead role in Shakespeare In Love, but he almost nabbed a much bigger part back in the day.
The actor told The Wrap that he had audition for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace twenty-five years ago.
It turns out he came incredibly close to changing Star Wars history, and he would have done had it not for a certain rude five-year-old child.
“I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with.”
This actor would be Ewan McGregor and the director is George Lucas, so you can probably guess Fiennes was on his way to not getting this part.
The reason he didn’t the role is probably the most hilarious aspect of this story. Fiennes explains he met a little girl after the final audition in front of George Lucas and casting director Robin Gurland.
“She must’ve been around age five — and he [Lucas] introduced me, ‘this is Joe, and he’s quite possibly Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
We’re sure Fiennes must have felt elated after hearing these words come from Lucas himself, but the little girl, who also happened to be Lucas’ daughter had a different idea.
“His daughter turned around and said ‘I don’t like this guy. He’s weird. I don’t like him.’ And that’s how my audition went,” Fiennes said.
We all know what happened after that, Obi-Wan Kenobi was played by Fiennes’ fellow actor and drama school chum Ewan McGregor in all three prequels.
The force was with that kid, big time.