Jessica’s Nightmare: ‘Awake’ During Surgery!

‘Into the Blue’ star JESSICA ALBA is teaming up with Darth Vader himself, HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, in an all-new thriller, ‘Awake,’ and ET has your first look!

Golden Globe nominee TERRENCE HOWARD (‘Hustle & Flow’) rounds out the cast of this psychological thriller about “anesthetic awareness,” a horrifyingly common phenomenon where a patient wakes up and becomes fully conscious — but physically paralyzed — during surgery.

Hayden plays the unlucky patient who wakes up while the surgeons are performing heart surgery. Terrence is his doctor and best friend, and Jessica is his loving wife, who is forced to struggle with her own demons as a terrifying drama unfolds around the couple.

“That was the biggest challenge,” Hayden tells ET. “To get myself into some Zen-like space where I could just be still for an hour-and-a-half on end … I sing songs in my head, recount old memories, that sort of thing.”

“You see, for the other actors, we think Hayden got the cushy job,” interjects Terrence, “because half the movie he gets to sleep on the table. You would love to go to work and just lay there with your eyes closed.”

While Hayden worked on achieving a Zen-like state while hidden under a prosthetic body to “operate” on, Terrence did his own research by stepping into an actual operating room during real-life surgery!

“I couldn’t get enough of it,” he says. “You think that you’re going to be in the observation room, but no, you’re standing right over the lead surgeon’s shoulder with the heart being as far away from my face as my knee is, and watching the entire procedure, whether it’s an aortic valve replacement or a transplant. To be that close to life or death, it’s amazing.”

As for working with their sexy ‘Into the Blue’ star, the boys are nothing but diplomatic when talking about Jessica. “She’s really crafted a nice performance in this film,” says Hayden. “I think people will be very impressed.”

“You would like for her to be your friend,” adds Terrence. “That’s how warm and wonderful she is.”

Watch ET for your first look at ‘Awake’!

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