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Hayden Christensen, what did it feel like when you first saw yourself in a film that was shot before you were even born?
If I’m not mistaken you’re referring to the last shot in “The Return of the Jedi”, edited by Lucas in its definitive version.
It was a very emotional moment for me: imagine, I’m standing next to Alec Guinness! Above all, I think this choice gives more continuity to the story and makes it easier to understand for whoever watches it.

Let’s talk about now. With the Decameron, directed by David Leland, which you are shooting in Italy, you take on a very different role…
One of the great things about acting is that you can play different characters, visit new places and meet a lot of people. Right now I’m glad to be in Italy (yay!!!), because you could say this country is in my blood: my grandma was from Naples and she fed me with her wonderful cooking.

Do you think there will be a new Star wars trilogy?
No, Lucas has always been very firm on this point.
The actors cannot take on something this big anymore.
However, a tv series is being developed, 101 hours long (yikes!!!), which follows a time lapse of 24 years in the life of Luke Skywalker. If they’re able to beat the odds we might get to see it.

“Episode III” is perhaps the most dramatic one in the whole series. How did George Lucas get you ready for such a role?
He wanted us to approach the role in a Shakespearian way, since the film had to resemble a tragedy. I read many times and very carefully some of the poet’s works, especially “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”.

How has this trilogy affected your life?
Getting to play this character was a privilege. The process of his transformation and the conflict between the decisions he is forced to make and his moral ideals are extraordinary and I think any actor would be satisfied with this role. The life I lived before Anakin and the one after are like day and night to me:
I went from high school to cinematic history in a flash! I grew up together with Anakin, becoming a better person and actor.

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