Posts Tagged ‘Jumper’

Hollywood movie shot at RNC

Monday, November 16th, 2009

‘Jumper,’ a Hollywood movie directed by Doug Liman, is to be released this spring. A scene for the movie was filmed at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (RNC) in February last year. Almost 100 members of staff traveled to the center, including Liman, renowned for his film ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’, and actor Hayden Christensen, of ‘Star Wars: Episode II—Revenge of the Sith’. Filming started at 7 am and wrapped up at 2 am the next day. Unfortunately, the scenes filmed at RIKEN were eventually cut due to a change in the script. However, the filming of the scene offered an exciting opportunity for people working in scientific research and the movie industry to meet. A reporter on the event told Liman, “‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ is the first action movie I ever liked,” to which Liman answered, jokingly, “Actually, it should be called a romantic movie.”


Over the course of a lunch break during the filming at RIKEN, Liman answered questions about both the film, ‘Jumper’, and his interest in science. One of the questions put to Liman was, “Why did you come here [RIKEN] to film this movie?” He replied, “The production company of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ offered me the job almost a year ago. The staff of ‘Jumper’ is almost the same as that of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ and we are almost like a big family, loving and hating each other.” He was also asked whether this was the first time he had used a research facility in a film. “Yes,” he replied. “After we decided to film at RNC, I looked into all the accelerator facilities around the world on Wikipedia. Physics research using accelerators is surely as impressive as an expedition to the moon. The RIBF is an incredible place, and it really inspired me.” Finally Liman was asked whether he had an interest in science. His response was:

“In fact, the subject I got best marks in during high school was physics. And I myself have actually built a robot… a cat-shaped one. I considered studying physics at university, but I chose history instead. And I do include some more-or-less scientific factors in my movies, as I did in this one, ‘Jumper.’

“And I have a scientist in my family— my sister is a neuroscientist. That makes me feel much closer to science. My heart is always in science, and I am always interested in scientific matters.”

When the filming was over, Liman and Christensen left their signatures on top of the RNC Superconducting Ring Cyclotron.


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.


Hayden Feels The Force on Alex’s List

Friday, June 5th, 2009

As the infectiously enthusiastic frontman of Alex Zane’s Guest List, the DJ and presenter brings his love of all things silver screen to one-on-one’s with the biggest and best celebs, every Thursday at 7.30pm on Sky Movies Premiere & HD.

In a film spin on Desert Island Discs (Desert Island DVDs?), guests choose four of their all time favourite movies playing on Sky Movies and Sky Box Office, and sit down for some clued-up chat with the self-confessed Burt Reynolds addict.

Hayden Christensen may always be known as Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequels.

But, holding court on Alex Zane’s Guest List this week, he reveals why Jumper proved a more hazardous shoot, leaving him with the nickname “One big eye”, and both he and Alex relive the time they (separately) attempted to “do a Cool Hand Luke” and munch through 50 hard boiled eggs.

Hayden decided 15 was un oeuf, while Alex coughed up a “eggy furball”.

Amidst the movie banter, Christensen proving his good taste by choosing four class films currently playing on Sky Movies, the actor reveals a fondness for pot-bellied pigs. Apparently they smile when you tickle their tummies…

To catch this quality chat just click on the videos below or make a date with Sky Movies Premiere & HD on Thursday 4th June at 7.30pm. The interview will also be available on Sky Anytime from Sunday 6.

You can also catch Hayden Christensen in the following films currently playing on Sky Movies:

Awake - Sky Movies Premiere & HD
Wednesday 3rd June - 10pm
Thursday 4th June & Friday 5th - 6pm

Jumper - Sky Movies Screen 2 & HD
Saturday 6th June - 3.15pm & 9pm

Factory Girl - Sky Movies Indie
Saturday 6th June - 12.50pm & 11.50pm


Funny, He’s Darth Vader, but It’s Us Breathing Heavy

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Our theory on The Roles of Hayden Christensen goes something like this:

An angry, misunderstood boy-on-the-verge-of-manhood seeks respect and attention and has a fantastically affecting crying scene along the way to his eventual enlightenment and/or vindication.

Really, this happens in virtually all his films — from the Goth teen in “Life as a House” to a cub reporter in “Shattered Glass” to his eventual turn to the dark side in “Star Wars.” (And no one cries like Christensen. He’s even the cover face on “Crying Men,” fine art photographer Sam Taylor-Wood’s book, which also features the teary cheeks of Jude Law, Ryan Gosling and Ed Harris.)

We explain this theory to the actor at lunch at the Georgetown Four Seasons, where he’s just come from a panel discussion at MIT on quantum teleportation — the basis for his latest film, “Jumper,” out Thursday. The 26-year-old Canadian seems relieved to learn (after inquiring) that we, too, are 26, and that we want to talk about acting rather than physics.

“You’re right,” he says of our theory. “There is an underlying theme. I like characters that have an interesting growth, when there’s change, and they’re affected by the elements of the story. I’ve always believed that conflict is the essence of drama.”

But now he’s breaking the formula; the trembling man-child character is growing up. In the recent thriller “Awake,” Christensen plays a rich businessman who undergoes heart transplant surgery, but begins to suspect the doctors are trying to do him harm. (Critics and moviegoers were not impressed.) In the action movie “Jumper,” he plays the ultimate wayfarer, a man who can teleport himself around the globe and becomes a reluctant hero in a secret war.

If you only know Christensen as the young, pre-scary-breathing Darth Vader, here’s a little H.C. catch-up class (we’re kind of a fan, if you hadn’t guessed).

He started acting at 7.

“I did a few commercials. Growing up it was a means to get a day off of school, and more money than you could earn with a paper route, but at the same time I profusely denied it, and — ”

Denied it?

“Yeah, like if someone said they had seen me in a commercial, I’d say, ‘What are you talking about? That wasn’t me.’ I was playing competitive hockey, and the kids I was hanging out with weren’t really the theater crowd.”

When he was cast as Anakin Skywalker, the flawed Jedi knight, suddenly being Hayden Christensen meant magazine cover shoots, look-alike action figures — and your face on a bag of chips.
“When it happened, for a while I wouldn’t leave the house. I mean, since my face was in every convenience store, that meant everyone would recognize me and that’s really odd. So I just sort of hermitized for a little while.”

Young, beautiful, rich and famous and you didn’t leave the house?

“Well, I’m not talking like I locked myself in a room and wouldn’t speak to anyone, but I laid low in Toronto.”

In between filming “Star Wars” Episodes II and III, he set out to make “Shattered Glass,” about disgraced New Republic writer Stephen Glass, after reading about the scandal in Vanity Fair. It was the first film produced by Forest Park Pictures, the L.A.-based production company Christensen runs with older brother Tove.

Christensen says he doesn’t spend much time in Los Angeles. We learn that he, too, has a theory — on celebrity.

“I think that people’s exposure is in your realm of control. It’s largely just a function of your choices, and if you don’t want to be seen, they don’t see you.”

He pauses.

“I think I do an okay job of proving my theory. Sure, fame has its affectation, but you can still lead the life you want to lead. I’ve never had that fame motivation. The less people know about me, the better my work will be, because the more they know about me, then I’m less believable as a character.”

Christensen contrasts his experience acting in “Jumper,” directed by Doug Liman, with his experiences on the two “Star Wars” directed by George Lucas, movies in which even fans found him a tad, well, wooden.

“Doug . . . really wanted the actors’ insight into the story, asking us to script meetings, which was a treat, you know, how collaborative he was. It was really satisfying.”

And Lucas?

“George came up to me on the set one day during my first ‘Star Wars’ and said something that I never fully understood until after we were done filming. He said, ‘As an actor, you have to think of yourself as a ditch digger.’ . . . What he was implying was that on his movie, I needed to think of myself as a ditch digger, because it wasn’t the proper arena for actual creative expression. This was his thing. It was all very thought-out in his head, and I needed to show up to make his wants a reality. And so really, what he was saying to me, was: ‘Don’t let this experience discourage you from what acting can really be about, because that’s not what this is.’ I just wish I would’ve figured that out a little sooner.”
Christensen recently bought a 19th-century farm south of Toronto, so he can finally move the things he’s been storing at Mom and Dad’s. We ask if he kept that rat-tail Jedi braid.

“I did! Only because it was my first ‘Star Wars,’ and I wanted to keep as much as I could. I got a light saber, of course, and then I had to keep my boots. I keep all my characters’ shoes, actually.”


“Yeah, it’s sort of the first bit of my character that I sort of decide on, while I’m figuring them out. Because that’s what grounds me and it informs how I walk and how I feel on my feet.”

We ask about “Virgin Territory,” a period piece based on the 14th-century Italian classic “The Decameron,” which Christensen filmed in Florence with Mischa Barton. It’s a comedy. With no release date.

Hayden stops mid-slurp from his bowl of steaming chicken noodle.

“You know about that one? Damn. I’m not sure what they’re calling it now and it’s hard to speak to, because I haven’t seen the film in its current state and I haven’t heard boo from the people who made it. That stuff always shocks me. How people can be so flippant with money. And that for me was a real departure. It’s a comedy, you know, which I’ve never done.”

Oh, we know.