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My Obi-Wan Encounter in Berlin March 31, 2009

Posted by pacejmiller in Entertainment, Travel.
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I was tempted to challenge Master Kenobi to a duel

I’m way behind in my Travel Diary entries, but I thought I’d post this little bit of celebrity news.  We spent the day travelling around Berlin today, and the last person I expected to see was Mr Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor!

We had just started off our city walk, and the first attraction was the brilliant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  For those who have not been there before, it’s highly unusual.  Designed by American architect Peter Eisenman, it comprises 2,711 grey concrete slabs of varying heights and sizes.  Here’s a bunch of pictures and more info from its Wikipedia entry.

So I started walking through the concrete slabs, and it’s kinda fun because the blocks get so high that you become completely submerged inside the monument, and you can only see the long, narrow path in front of you, never knowing what might be coming from the sides.

For some reason, I turned to my left to take a look, and was shocked to see Obi-Wan staring right back at me about 5 slabs away.  I was stunned and didn’t move for several seconds, until my wife tapped me on the back and asked what the heck I was doing standing there like an idiot.  I told her I just saw Ewan McGregor, and we set out through the blocks to see him again, which we did, several times.

Somehow, we ended up in front of him, and all of a sudden he was right behind me!  My wife urged me to go ask for a photo or something, but I recalled that he is a very private person, and he was on vacation, and more importantly, he was with his wife and kids, so I decided against bothering him.

While we waited to go to the underground museum, Obi-Wan and his family avoided the line and left quietly.  I’m sure others may have recognised him too but it was good to see that no one harrassed him when he was having a quiet time sightseeing with his kids.

By the way, he looked quite normal and relaxed, like any other tourist with his family.  He did have very thin legs.

[Update: turns out it was Mr McGregor’s 38th birthday yesterday (0n the 31st of March).  Should have said Happy Birthday to him!  Happy Birthday Ewan!]



1. shelby7775 - March 31, 2009

Saw your entry about Ewan and his family. Thanks for posting, when was this?

pacejmiller - March 31, 2009

Hi – it happened about 10-11 hours ago, roughly speaking….hope you’re not planning to track him down….

2. Digital Dame - April 1, 2009

Knowing me, I would have walked right by him and not even noticed. I tend to have blinders on when I’m out and don’t pay much attention to those around me. That was very good of you not to go all fannish on him and bother him. I can only imagine what it would be like to be famous, and every time you step out your door someone wants something from you – photo, autograph, etc.

3. Matt - April 4, 2009

should have pulled out your lightsaber, and said “i am dark sidious, prepare to meet your maker obi wan!”. then performed a series of leaps and air somersaults, end with a commando roll.

4. pacejmiller - April 5, 2009

@ Digitial Dame – I don’t usually notice people around me either but on this occasion we turned to face each other at the exact same time!

@ Matt – I left my lightsaber at home – airport security…besides, the Holocaust Memorial wasn’t the best place to be executing these difficult stunts. However, there were some very disrepectful school kids around that jumped from block to block. The security guy there was too busy to notice as he was telling another group of young kids not to stand on them to take photos. He also missed the family sitting on the blocks having lunch and getting their food all over them.

5. inspiredworlds - April 7, 2009

yeah i’ve been there, i remember our tour guide saying not to jump on them. its an interesting memorial from memory, supposed to make you more disorientated as you move deeper into the blocks.

6. pacejmiller - April 7, 2009

It’s one of the most interesting memorials I’ve seen, both outside and in. I was feeling disoriented in those blocks, but I thought it was Obi-Wan’s jedi mind trick.

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