At 19, he shot to fame in the original Star Wars movie, but Hayden Christensen suddenly gave up fame for a quiet farm life. That’s why.
When Hayden Christensen auditioned for the role of a young Darth Vader in 2000, he was content to get a chance to visit George Lucas’ secret Skywalker ranch. Several souvenirs.
As a 19-year-old Canadian newcomer, he didn’t expect to be the most respected bad guy in the film industry.
But after his two Star Wars movies, the 41-year-old must have wished he had borrowed a stormtrooper Kevlar helmet.
Hayden’s performance as Anakin Skywalker in the smash hit sci-fi series has received a barrage of criticism.
The Razzies or Raspberry Awards are given to the worst acting in Hollywood and he won two Razzie Worst Supporting Actor Awards.
One critic called him “an N Sync kid who didn’t have that much talent” and said his romantic moment with Natalie Portman’s Senator Amidala “couldn’t have been Amidul.”
Fans of the original 1977 Star Wars movie have been complaining about the prequel since Hayden debuted 20 years ago Attack of the clones and Revenge of the Sith, It tells how Anakin became Darth Vader.
By 2010, that was enough for him to give up a four-year career in acting to live a quiet life on a secluded farm in Canada.
But now, Hayden has redemption among Jedi fans.He dons black mask and cape again for this six-episode $176 million TV series Obi-Wan Kenobilaunching today on Disney Plus.
The actor will wield a lightsaber with Ewan McGregor, who returns as the mysterious Jedi Knight first made famous by Sir Alec Guinness in the original film.
Hayden talks about the flak he faced in interview sun: “Of course, it’s a challenging thing. But I feel like I’ve gotten over that in a way.”
Any fan negativity seems to be overshadowed by the excitement of the series, which is exactly what studio executives were looking for – the trailer was viewed 7 million times on its first day.
Fans will get to see Obi-Wan’s life on the desert planet of Tatooine, where he guards Anakin’s son Luke. Our bearded hero fears that if the chosen child falls into the hands of his father, Luke may also turn to the “dark side” of the invisible forces infiltrating our fictional version of the universe.
Ivan is rumored to earn $2.8 million per episode, and next year his new wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, will appear in another Star Wars spinoff, Ahsokawhich will also feature Hayden.
Hayden’s old connections are good, and he’s been friends with Ivan over the years.a source told sun The Scottish actor lobbied his co-star to join the cast Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Most of Hayden’s films end in failure, an unexpected opportunity.
“It’s surreal to be back in these characters again, you know? Never thought about it,” he said.
That’s how he felt when he first took on the role of Vader, when his only film role was a small one in Sofia Coppola’s 1999 film Virgin suicide.
Hayden said of his Star Wars audition: “I never really thought it was possible for me to actually get the part – it just seemed too big.
“Then when I got the call, I couldn’t believe it. It made a huge difference in my life. It really made a big difference for me, professionally, obviously and personally.”
But not in the way he hoped. The handsome star is expected to be the new Leonardo DiCaprio, who has reportedly missed the role of Anakin, and life among Hollywood’s elite is beckoning.
An insider said: “In his twenties, at the height of Star Wars fame, he and his brother Tove traveled through LA parties and celebrity circles, enjoying Hayden’s work in The benefits of global fame.”
But it all fell apart after bad reviews Attack of the clones and Hayden’s 2008 sci-fi movie jumper. The only consolation made jumper It was he who fell in love with co-star Rachel Bilson, the oc reputation.
The couple went through a relationship like Hayden’s career.
They got engaged in 2009, then called off the following year, then got back together. Rachel and Hayden, 40, have never married, but they have a seven-year-old daughter, Briar.
The couple spent their time between a pad in Los Angeles and a 200-acre farm north of Toronto, where he once said he wanted to raise pigs, cows, horses, sheep, goats and “maybe sheep. camel”.
In 2018, he explained his desire to escape Hollywood: “I was involved in star warsand the speed at which things change for me.
“I just needed a way to check. When I was 19 star wars Even though I thought I was mature enough to fully grasp what this experience was, I was still a kid.
“To understand this, you need time to reflect, and the environment in which I can do that. Something in me needs space. So I go out and find space.”
He also took a break from acting from 2010 to 2014, although he knew it was a risk.
“You can’t take a few years off and not let it affect your career. But in a weird, destructive way, it has some appeal to me,” he said.
After his return, his films included low-budget action flicks that were completely forgotten outcast with Nicolas Cage in 2014, and First kill 2017 with Bruce Willis.
Hayden and Rachel’s hard work didn’t help their relationship, and the couple split in 2017. Nonetheless, it was an amicable breakup, with Blair dividing her time between both parents.
It was in the fall of 2019 that Hayden was invited by a new manufacturer Obi-Wan Kenobi The series returns to distant galaxies once again.
He wasn’t about to turn down the opportunity, saying, “It was a no-brainer. When I got the call, I was instantly elated. After all these years, I’m really excited to be back.”
He hasn’t worn a Vader suit in 15 years, he only wore it at the end of the 2005 movie Revenge of the Sith.
But he said: “It was a very surreal experience to put the suit back on and put the helmet back on.”
Neither Disney nor production company Lucasfilm has revealed who will voice Darth Vader in the new series, but James Earl Jones’ intimidating tone has been used in every film featuring the iconic villain. in the Star Wars movies.
The 91-year-old actor Revenge of the Sith After the famous black mask was put on Hayden’s head, again Rise of Skywalker, The third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, 2019.
How many times Vader will appear is still a closely guarded secret, and the main bad guy Obi-Wan Kenobi Will become the Grand Inquisitor played by British actor Rupert Friend.
But Vader’s character will be enough to make Hayden worry about what fans will think.
“It’s Star Wars, so you know, all you want to meet is a certain level of expectation,” he said.
This story originally appeared in sun and reproduced with permission