OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen On Wearing Darth Vader's Suit For First Time Since REVENGE OF THE SITH

OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen On Wearing Darth Vader's Suit For First Time Since REVENGE OF THE SITH OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen On Wearing Darth Vader's Suit For First Time Since REVENGE OF THE SITH

Hayden Christensen suited up as Darth Vader for Revenge of the Sith's epilogue, and the actor has now opened up on what it was like to don the costume again for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+.

By JoshWilding - May 13, 2022 12:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Obi-Wan Kenobi

It's fair to say that Hayden Christensen did his best working on the Star Wars prequels, but Obi-Wan Kenobi feels like it could serve as redemption for the actor. In the upcoming Disney+ series, the actor will don Darth Vader's iconic costume for a rematch with his Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith co-star Ewan McGregor, but how did it feel to suit up in this Galaxy Far, Far Away again?

Christensen first wore Vader's iconic armour in Episode III, of course, and in a couple of interviews promoting the show in London yesterday, he reflected on what it was like to wear the outfit again. 

"It was surreal. It's an incredible costume and putting it back on again brought up a lot of emotions for me. It's amazing to get to wear it and an honour to put it on. It's just a lot of fun really," the actor explains, recalling his first time back in the costume. "It's incredibly heavy. It's a beast to wear and not designed for bathroom breaks. It comes with the job!"

In another interview, Christensen elaborated by saying, "That costume comes with such a presence. You put it on and it informs so much of the way you feel. For me, it was very cathartic in a way too. This is a character that's meant a lot to me and stays with me over the years so getting to come back and continue was an emotional experience."

While he doesn't mention it here, we're also excited to see what lies beneath Vader's helmet. Flashbacks are expected to factor into Obi-Wan Kenobi, while rumour has it we'll see what remains of Anakin Skywalker in a sequence showing how the villain is pieced together at the start of each day.

Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on May 27. Check out both interviews with Christensen below:

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MV081199 - 5/13/2022, 12:02 PM
I feel happy for Hayden. Also, is he going to voice Vader as well?
theFUZZ008 - 5/13/2022, 12:09 PM
He's a good guy.
Super12 - 5/13/2022, 12:18 PM
So glad to see Hayden back as Vader. It's a real treat seeing how excited everyone is to see him and Ewan again, especially with how the prequels were treated when they first came out. Hope the series does them justice.
CAPTAINPINKEYE - 5/13/2022, 12:38 PM
Hayden is a good person. I was surprised that Jumper never had a sequel. I thought it did well enough to merit one.
bs77 - 5/13/2022, 1:25 PM
@CAPTAINPINKEYE - Jumper was always a guilty pleasure for me. The character was suited well to Hayden's strengths and weaknesses as an actor. He seems like a nice guy, but he doesn't have great range. I would've like a sequel as well.
bkmeijer1 - 5/13/2022, 2:22 PM
I think it's great that Hayden is actually gonna be in the suit. He's a good dude, so it's good to see he's given more to do.
DPSNUMBER1 - 5/13/2022, 2:31 PM
I'm really happy to see these two actors back again in their roles and I would be even more excited if Liam also appears as a cameo at least.

I hope these series really delivers and maintain the fans satisfied. I would be mad if I hear again the same criticism they have received for so many years undeservedly. They did the best they could do with the material they had.
PartyKiller - 5/13/2022, 2:49 PM
Christensen looked bad at times in AOTC and ROTS possibly because he couldn't understand WTF Lucas was writing. Anakin in AOTC was all over the place. The writing made no psychological sense just as it didn't at times for Padme and Obi Wan. Padme marries Anakin after his mass murder of the Sandpeople?

In Episode I, Anakin thought he was supposed to free the slaves on Tatooine. In Episode II, no mention of that. But it was such a missed opportunity. One thing that makes people react more emotionally to death, is guilt. Like a person dies that they took for granted and didn't treat well.

So if when Shmi died, then Anakin felt he failed her by not returning to free her, it would've helped explain his mass murdering reaction.

And Lucas wrote in the prequels that the Jedi stopped being a force for good and became political puppets. So when he wanted to create animosity between Anakin and the Jedi Order, he had a grand opportunity with the Tatooine slaves where he could've Anakin implore the Jedi to free the Tatooine slaves but the Jedi Order put politics first and prevents Anakin from freeing the slaves.

He could've even had Anakin rebel against the Jedi Order and return to Tatooine by himself and free the slaves. Then Palpatine sees to it the Jedi find out about Anakin slaughtering the Sandpeople and for his rebellion and murder of the Sandpeople, Anakin is ousted from the order, and is made in a public villain and fugitive. At that point the Jedi tell Padme details of Anakin's deeds, and she breaks up with him when she finds out about his murder of the Sandpeople and his killing people to free slaves. That would be when Anakin is recruited by Palpatine.

It could also have been possible to have Anakin use the Darth Vader suit with mask and voice changer when he joined the Sith. So that he could be seen as a protector of Palpatine and no one know he is the fugitive Anakin Skywalker. Then while wearing the suit he defends Palpatine against Windu's arrest attempt, and slaughters the Jedi. That would've made it a tragic irony for Anakin that he would later be imprisoned inside the Vader suit that he used to do so much evil. It would've also allowed Lucas the opportunity to have more scenes of the Vader suit than he did and it would've been Anakin who conceived of the Vader look, not someone else.

Those aren't just ideas, but a rewriting that connects the psychological dots. I think each of the prequel scripts where not ready and needed rewrites. Lucas had great stories but he needed help. Anakin was written worse than any character in the 6 REAL Star Wars movies.
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