Continuing on with that news let-down, Empire Magazine has released an interview with Hayden Christensen, in which the Anakin Skywalker actor talks about his time filming the prequel trilogy. It is a nice look back at his thoughts during the time and right after, when long time fans went into an uproar, and compares it to his view of everything today.
There are just a few snippets of the entire interview, which will be in the upcoming magazine that was announced today.
In response to the scene in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Anakin murders younglings, Hayden said, “There was a lot of talk about us doing that scene, and I love that George did it. It was a bold move. And it’s shocking,” the actor says. “Kids seem to forget about that scene when they meet me! There’s not any fear or intimidation. They’re just excited to meet Anakin.”
Having ridden out the stormy reception to the prequels – and returned to the Star Wars galaxy in recent years for appearances in Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka – Christensen reflected on the advice that he would give to his younger self before stepping into Attack Of The Clones. “Even though I was a bit overwhelmed, I was also a confident young man, and I wanted to make my mark. But I guess if I were to have some advice for me during that general time in my life, it would be: ‘Patience’,” he decides. “Because my journey with the character and with Star Wars has at times been a bumpy one… but I’m in a good place with it now. And so that’s why I say patience.” In 2024, there’s undoubtedly balance to the Force.
Remember to pick up the Empire Magazine upcoming issue celebrating 25 years of the Star Wars prequels on Feburary 15, 2024!