INTERVIEW: James Arnold Taylor

Late last week I was given the privilege to spend about a half an hour chatting with James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Clone Wars, in the video games and just about anywhere else you hear the character these days that isn’t in the movies proper.

He’s a talented, versatile voice actor who is the official voice of a lot of beloved characters ranging from Fred Flintstone to the Green Arrow.

He’s been the voice of Obi-Wan since Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series that was released between the release of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and has kept on the character ever since.

We spoke a lot about the qualities of the character, both currently on the show and what we might see in the future.  One of the most intriguing things we talked about was whether or not Obi-Wan suspected anything between Anakin and Padme during this era.

I was struck by how much care and love James has for the world and the characters.  We spoke of the prequel trilogy in particular and how wrongfully maligned it’s been.  To be honest, after a while we sort of stopped talking about Clone Wars specifically and began talking about Star Wars like the pair of geeks we are.

It was a very engaging conversation and I hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed participating.  James Arnold Taylor is an incredibly nice guy and a class act, to be sure.  And he’s every bit as much of a fan of Star Wars as we are.

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