Feb 15,2011

Exclusive: Brad Anderson on the Darkness of ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

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Hayden Christensen leads a cast as Luke, a local TV personality who becomes the de-facto leader of a small group of survivors.

This is a pretty unique cast of characters. Can you discuss the casting choices?
The first one on board was Hayden. He just responded to the mystery of the story like I did and he was looking to play more of a merciless character that he hadn’t really played before. And I wanted to assemble an ensemble that was diverse and felt like they could be a cross-section of Detroit. Different ethniticies and classes of people so that the story took on a fable quality. It wasn’t just four frat boys trying to survive, but these were four kind of everyday people in this American city struggling to join forces to survive against this threat. Continue Reading ?

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8 Responses to “Exclusive: Brad Anderson on the Darkness of ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’”

  1. Comment by Tammy in February 16, 2022 @ 11:12 pm

    This was a really interesting interview, I saw a special screening of the film and I thought it was very well written and it kept me in suspense even at the end. Hayden was really good in it, I think people underestimate Hayden’s acting abilities all the time. I hear alot of criticism about the way he acts but I think he has an incredible suttle way of performing. He’s very soft spoken and I think people misconstrude that as non-emotional. But I think it adds to the charisma of his acting. He has a very mesmerizing presence on film and anytime he’s in a scene I can’t help but to focus on him. Even with the movie “Takers” he was with some heavy hitters like Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, and Michael Ealy but everytime Hayden was on screen I solely focused on him. I always say that “Shattered Glass” was his all time best performance but I still don’t think people have really credited him with being a good actor, which he really is.

  2. Comment by diamondeyed in February 17, 2022 @ 12:43 am

    People really do underestimate him as an actor, I mean by epic proportions. He is subtle, but when a scene calls for it he can be very emotional. I think the way he balances subtlety and passion, and vulnerability and strength makes him a very unique actor. I think if people stopped focusing on how good-looking he is they’d realize that he is talented. His screen presence is mesmerizing because his performances are filled with that subtlety you’re talking about and it makes him more mysterious.

  3. Comment by Shelby in February 17, 2022 @ 1:41 am

    I completely agree with both of you!! I’ve always said that Hayden was an amazing actor and just because I’m female everyone always assumes that I just like him because he’s handsome. Yes the man is very attractive there’s no denying that but I fell in love with his acting abilitites before anything else. Yes his initial attractiveness drew me in but once I got past that and realized he was a great actor I don’t even consider his looks anymore. I always tell people just go back and look at the films Life as a House and Shattered Glass he was amazing in those roles and even Awake I enjoyed his performance a great deal. I think if people would stop associating him with Star Wars and think that’s all he’s capable of then he will never get the proper credit for his acting abilitites that he deserves.

  4. Comment by Lydia in February 17, 2022 @ 10:48 am

    I agree his abilities as an actor are understated, Hayden keep acting and sharing your gift. He will eventually get the recognition he deserves.

  5. Comment by Atlqueen in February 17, 2022 @ 2:54 pm

    That’s so cool Hayden has fans like you guys. However I have to slightly disagree. I think he’s okay. I don’t see the same thing you guys do though. I do however like his choice in movies if that helps. I do think he was really good in VO7S. Never seen him like that before and I found it quite enjoyable. In fact, I think it was his best of everything he’s done. Whatever he was doing in VO7S he should keep doing that. I just felt he gave more or something. I don’t know.

  6. Comment by Lydia in February 17, 2022 @ 11:20 pm

    To each his own there are many opinions about his acting abilities. All I am saying is Hayden should keep refining his gift and keep doing what he loves. I see lots of potential there. Think of Jeff Bridges

  7. Comment by Ruth in February 20, 2022 @ 4:35 pm

    I think we all love Hayden whether we agree about his acting or not and that’s a step foward! I have noticed on the net lately that reviews and attitudes have changed and now they are recognizing his obvious talent. He was old Hollywood glam in Awake, he was Mr. rock and role in Factory girl (and sexy as heck!), he was a spoiled kid who grew up in Life As A House, he was a horse ridin, sword yealding youth in Vigin Territory, he was a smart ass and a stunt man in Takers, he was an egotistical, wilful guy in VO7S, he’s really learning all the elements of a future characterization that will be great! He’s about to hit 30 and I’m certain Hollywood has taken notice all along. The deep talent he has is there, he’s shown it many times, and now it will take a new stride into those films that will cement his true talent. I just LOVE this actor, he has it all in my humble opinion!

  8. Comment by L in February 20, 2022 @ 5:07 pm

    Hayden just needs the right script and the right director to really blow people away because I think when he gets that chance he will finally prove to all the people that doubt him that he is the real deal and maybe then people will stop ragging on him.