Ezra returning after years away only to stumble and fall during his heroic first fight back is pure Ezra — and not the only way Eman and Ezra are alike. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Eman Esfandi discussed how dead-set he was on bringing Ezra to live-action … despite never fully catching up on the “Star Wars” franchise until after he had finished filming. “After we shot the show, I inhaled all of it for six months,” the actor said.
This makes the scene where Sabine Wren reunites with her friend after a decade apart more significant because that scene shows Sabine catching Ezra up on everything that’s happened since the end of “Star Wars Rebels.” Esfandi identified with that scene. “When Sabine was filling Ezra in, I also didn’t know much about it. Once I got to know everything, it just made that scene twice as funny,” Esfandi said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, that was how they filled Ezra in? That’s hilarious.'”
He is not wrong, because the scene (and the entire concept) is indeed hilarious. Ezra was away for more than a decade. In that time, so many weird things happened in the galaxy that anyone would sound crazy if they tried to explain it, like realizing that Ahsoka’s old master had a son who became the hero of the Rebel Alliance and the face of the Jedi, and then that kid redeemed Darth Vader. Or what about Lando Calrissian becoming a big part of the Rebel Alliance and the guy to destroy the second Death Star? Ezra having to sit and nod politely as he listens to that nonsense is why the character is just so fun — and Esfandi’s portrayal so accurate.