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Hayden Christensen Remembers His First Day As Anakin Skywalker

Hayden Christensen recounts his joy at learning that he would play Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Christensen has had his ups and downs with Star Wars, namely during the prequel trilogy's first release. The films were widely panned, and both Christensen and Ewan McGregor (who played Obi-Wan Kenobi) have stated that this negatively impacted their connection with the franchise for many years. Since his comeback as Vader, Christensen has expressed his delight at the positive reception he's received. With the prequel trilogy's audience's children having grown up, the love for those three films has risen exponentially, which has not only aided the actors but also heightened the anticipation for Christensen and McGregor's return as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Now, 20 years after the release of Attack of the Clones, Christensen tells Star Wars about how he felt when he first learned he'd be joining the galaxy's most famous franchise. Christensen claims he shared the occasion with his roommate at the time, who noticed him smiling after he received the vital phone call. Because his roommate is also a big Star Wars fan, the two of them had a pretend lightsaber duel — but the fun didn't stop there. Read the rest of Christensen's tale here:

"I remember when I got the phone call saying that I got the part. I was still in bed, actually, in my apartment in Vancouver at the time. I recall walking out after I got off the phone, just sort of stunned and in disbelief by the news, walking into the living room where my roommate was. He was aware that I was waiting for this call, and he saw my smile and immediately understood that there was good news. My response was, I lit up an imaginary lightsaber. He was a big Star Wars fan too, and he had the soundtrack to Episode I. He put the Star Wars soundtrack on, and we had this whole imaginary lightsaber duel around our apartment, jumping on all the furniture and just screaming like giddy little children."

The touching anecdote demonstrates why Christensen has always been the ideal choice for the character of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars. It's easy to imagine someone who had imagined lightsaber combat growing up to be the father of daydreaming Luke Skywalker. It is, however, only one of many reasons why Christensen's Anakin portrayal has enthralled audiences. Even as Vader, he'll undoubtedly have the similar influence on the Obi-Wan Kenobi audience. While "whimsical" isn't in Vader's lexicon or manner, it's easy to see how Christensen might totally change into the legendary character once suited up.

Since his initial Star Wars appearance 20 years ago, Christensen's performance has been viewed in a new and refreshing light, and it's one that he merits despite the prequels' stylistic differences from the originals. It's reassuring to see how Christensen's connection with Star Wars has been repaired, especially in light of the recent backlash against the Star Wars sequel trilogy and its actors, such as Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran. The scars will undoubtedly heal with time as the generations grow older and are able to properly communicate what the Star Wars trilogy meant to them as a youngster, which all stems from Christensen's reaction to his Star Wars casting. At the end of the day, everyone wants a spot in the galaxy where they can have a massive fantasy lightsaber battle like Luke vs. Vader, Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, or Rey vs. Kylo Ren.

Source: Star Wars

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