Posts Tagged ‘Attack of the Clones’

Unafraid of the Dark

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Ready, Jedi, go! Plucked from relative obscurity to star in what will certainly be one of the biggest movies of all time, Hayden Christensen will soon be seen as Anakin Skywalker — the young Darth Vader originally played by Jake Lloyd — in ”Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” as well as in ”Episode III” (due in 2005). Here, the 20-year-old Christensen, currently performing on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan’s ”This Is Our Youth,” talks about fake tans, instant celebrity, and the return of that jabbering alien.

So we’re supposed to believe that cute little Jake Lloyd from ”Episode I” evolves into a mass murderer?
Hmmm. I can’t really reveal anything, but when I read the script I thought, Oh, that’s very clever. [Pauses] I don’t know how much of this story has leaked.


Well, Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles has seen the movie. He wrote this big…
Wait! They showed it to someone?

Well, Lucasfilm says they don’t know how it happened.
And who’s this Harry Knowles guy?

He’s like, this gigantic, redheaded guy from Austin, Texas.
Really. [Laughs] I’m not a big Internet guy. Was it a good review?

Cool! Bizarre, but cool. Well, okay, Anakin is protecting Amidala and he falls in love. It’s a conflict, because the Jedi is not supposed to experience romantic love. And there’s animosity between Anakin and Obi-Wan because Anakin is developing quickly as a Jedi and thinks he should have a position of [greater] importance. Conflicting ambitions and desires make him boil; he doesn’t just snap and go to the dark side.

What was an average shooting day like?
I would get to work a couple of hours early to get makeup done. I had to get a tan applied. I’m supposed to be from a desert planet and I’m actually from, you know, Canada [points to his face]. You had to put the hairpiece on. Then the Jedi robes, a cool ritual unto itself. And you get on set and it’s blue screen and crazy alien creatures with plastic faces. They made sure the process was as fun as possible.

Ewan was always able to lighten up a situation. And there were odd moments. My pants split numerous times, right up to my crotch. It happened over and over when I was doing jumps. So there was always something to laugh at, even if it was me. Making a ”Star Wars” is the most pleasant experience you could ask for.

Not sure everyone would say that. ”Episode I” had Liam Neeson talking retirement.
Yeah, I remember. I was probably more accepting of the things that weren’t, uh, typical, since I had more experience on stage [than in movies]. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I see my performance. [Laughs] And I’ll go, ”Those a-holes!”

What piece of ”Star Wars” merchandise would you most dread seeing your face on?
Uh, probably Pepsi cans. I like Pepsi and I just don’t think I could drink one that has my face on it.

You costarred in last year’s ”Life as a House” and are in the middle of a pretty tough play. Do you feel pressure to showcase your versatility before this role defines you?
I’m just letting it be. You can’t control how the public sees you or wants to see you. I’m going to go after the roles I want to play. Still, actors are associated with one or two roles. People say, ”De Niro? ‘Raging Bull’ or ‘Taxi Driver.”’ But I think Darth Vader is a cool role to be defined by.

When did you first see ”Star Wars”?
I was 7 or 8. My brother sat me down and played all three [on video]. He was torn about me getting the part. You can’t be the spectre of evil to the guy who beat the crap outta you.

Last question. This is important. Jar Jar Binks — where do you come down?
Uh, okay. I actually am, uh, a big fan. [Laughs] Seriously, I can see why people have distaste for him, but I thought [the character] was appropriate considering the audience ”Episode I” was directed at. It’s really a question of whether you can create a digital character that you can care for. They [usually] don’t deliver. I mean, how do you hug Jar Jar?

Good question.
It’s very bizarre. Even when he’s standing still, he’s moving. When you’re hugging nothing, you still have to rock along with him. You end up feeling like an ass.


Voice-over actors give life to Cartoon Network’s ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’

Monday, October 5th, 2009

They are the most unrecognizable actors in a galaxy far, far away.

Audiences generally associate Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor in the roles of the famously iconic Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, the truth is, other actors have inhabited those roles in far more performances, yet you’ll never know what they look like.

They are voice-over actors, men and women who bring these Jedi Knights to life each week in the computer-animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

And that’s just the way they like it.


The Scent of Hayden Christensen

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Legendary fashion brand LACOSTE has signed Canadian actor Hayden Christensen as the face of its new male fragrance, launching in September. Christensen’s playful charm, active persona and casual elegance make him the natural embodiment of the brand’s youthful, modern edge.

“We’re delighted to be working with Hayden as the face of the new male fragrance from LACOSTE as he perfectly captures the modern spirit of the brand. He’s young, stylish and dynamic, with a charismatic twinkle in his eye that perfectly brings to life the ethos of the new fragrance.” Andreas Gerber, Global Marketing Director, LACOSTE Fragrances.

Most recently, Christensen starred in Doug Liman’s ‘Jumper’, alongside Samuel L Jackson, Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell; but he is perhaps best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’s blockbuster epics ‘Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Star Wars Episode 3: Return of the Sith’.

Christensen’s other film credits include George Hickenlooper’s ‘Factory Girl’ in which he played Bob Dylan, Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Virgin Suicides’, Sarah Kernochan’s ‘All I Wanna Do’ and John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness’.

For his performance in 2001 ‘Life As A House’, Christensen received the award for Best Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Christensen will next be seen starring in ‘New York, I Love You’ opposite Hollywood heavyweights Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Kevin Bacon, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson and Shia LaBeouf. ‘New York, I Love You’ is scheduled for released in 2009.


US Stars Who Are Actually Canadian

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Hayden Christensen
Born: Vancouver, British Columbia

In his Canadian youth, the young Christensen was a ball boy at the Canadian Open, and at one point angered the usually mild-mannered McEnroe by stepping out for a ball too early. It’s said that it was in reaction to the ensuing tantrum that he went on to turn to the Dark Side and become Darth Vader, but of course we can’t confirm or deny that that was the cause.

Fun Canada Fact! IMAX was invented by four Canadians, Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Nicholas Mulders, and William C. Shaw.


Settle In For A Weekend With MTV, ‘Star Wars’ And ‘Behind The Screen’

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

What are you doing this weekend? Actually, don’t answer that. I’ll tell you what you’re doing this weekend. As a Memorial Day weekend treat and lead-in to this Sunday’s episode of ‘Behind the Screen,’ MTV will be running all six “Star Wars” movies between Saturday and Monday. If you’ve seen George Lucas’s epic space fantasy, then you know exactly why you should be tuning in. If you don’t… well… here are all the reasons you need to settle in with some popcorn for a long, lazy weekend in front of the TV.

Darth Vader livesThe Fall of Anakin Skywalker

Hardcore “Star Wars” fans like me have some issues with George Lucas’s approach to the most recent trilogy, starting with 1999’s “The Phantom Menace.” Wherever your opinions fall with regards to the new movies, it’s hard to say a foul word against Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) beautifully orchestrated descent into the Dark Side of the Force. In addition to be able to witness the birth of Darth Vader, “Revenge of the Sith’s” climactic lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Skywalker, his former pupil, adds new context to “A New Hope’s” — the first movie released in the series — rematch saber duel.

Han Solo and ChewbaccaHan Solo and Chewbacca

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) are truly a buddy duo for the ages. Han is an unabashed rogue, a charmer, gambler, smuggler, con artist and all-around scoundrel. The stream of arrogant bluster that issues forth from his mouth is so constant that you barely notice how unintelligible his pal Chewbacca is. Chewie is the duo’s heart, a big lug of a walking carpet who makes up for his language barriers with fiercely loyal actions.

Boba FettBoba Fett

The only thing cooler than a Jedi-killing bounty hunter is a Jedi-killing bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor. Boba Fett’s menacing appearance can be credited almost entirely to the ancient armor he wears, which is fully equipped with a jetpack, wrist-mounted rocket launcher and all manner of other gadgets. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he carries a nasty-looking disintegrator blaster, or that he wears locks of Wookiee fur as trophies of his previous kills. Anyone who can take down multiple 6-plus-foot-tall humanoid beasts with sharp fangs and retractable claws is someone you should steer clear of. Unless you happen to be close to a Sarlacc Pit, that is.

Darth MaulDarth Maul

I’m not afraid to say that “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” is the worst of the six “Star Wars” movies. A lot of you will probably agree. I’m also not afraid to say that “Phantom” features the best of the movies’ lightsaber duels, even topping Yoda’s throwdown with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) in “Episode II” and the Obi-Wan/Anakin showdown from “Episode III.” This has everything to do with “Phantom’s”Darth Maul (Ray Park), who wields a double-bladed lightsaber and a considerable array of martial arts skills. He takes on two Jedi at “Episode I’s” climax, both of them master swordsmen: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). The fight maintains a respectable action pace until its final moments, when Obi-Wan, stricken with grief, advances on Maul with unbound fury. It’s a standout moment for the series, and it even makes the otherwise unbearable “Phantom Menace” worth watching.

Lightsabers are coolLightsabers

Forget “Star Wars” for a moment. Lightsabers may very well be sci-fi’s single-coolest gadget, period. They appear to be little more than a long, metal cylinder; turn one on and a brightly colored energy blade issues forth from what turns out to be a sword hilt. Lightsabers are the trademark tools of the Jedi Order. There are scant few to be seen in the original trilogy, after the Order has fallen, but the newer trilogy serves up a lightsaber overload as we get to see Jedi Knights and Masters wielding the “elegant weapon” before the dark days of the Galactic Empire.

There’s one final reason you should tune in for this weekend’s “Star Wars” marathon on MTV. On Sunday night at 11pm, right after “Episode IV” ends, you’ll be able to get some insider Hollywood scoops on the latest episode of “Behind the Screen.” You’ll be able to catch “Land of the Lost” cast interviews with Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, the broadcast premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Brüno” trailer, a visit to the set of “Get Him to the Greek” with Russell Brand and two exclusive clip premieres, for Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” follow-up, “H2.” So tune in to MTV for an epic weekend of classic sci-fi and exclusive first looks.
Source: MTV.Com