McGregor stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to speak about he brief voice cameo and shed some light on how J.J. Abrams managed to include the deceased Alec Guinness’ voice.
It is Guinness’ voice that says ‘Rey,’ which Abrams took from his Obi-Wan saying ‘afraid’ in the original trilogy. They cut the ‘a, ‘ ‘f’ and ‘d’ so it sounded like ‘Rey.’ Brilliant.
“I recorded a line for the movie,” McGregor said.
“But they used Guinness’ voice to do ‘Rey,’ which is extraordinary because he’s not alive anymore.”
“It’s amazing what they can do these days because they found Obi-Wan saying ‘afraid’ and were able to cut it down to just being ‘Rey.’”
Either way, we love that Obi-Wan ties the whole saga together.