Great news! In a new interview with Total Film, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen says that the fighting style in Obi-Wan Kenobi will be more reminiscent of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy:
“[TOTAL FIlM:] Is Darth’s fighting style more in line with the prequels or the slower dancing in the sequels?
[Hayden Christensen:] We’re more in line with the prequels than we are with how the fights are in the original trilogy. These characters have aged, but not that much yet.”
Unlike his co-star Ewan McGregor who seems determined to be the last Prequel basher, Christensen fully shares our love for George Lucas’ movies:
“The experience of making the prequels was phenomenal. I mean, getting to work with George Lucas, and getting to play this character, I couldn’t have dreamed it up any better. I didn’t want it to end. It was a sad thing when it concluded. At the time, I thought that was that. I thought George had told his story, and my journey with the character was complete. After all of these years, to get to come back and to continue my journey extremely meaningful to me.”
Here are some other interesting quotes from Christensen:
“Most of my work on this project was in preparation. The physical preparation was intense. I had to put on a decent amount of weight and size to fill up the suit.”
“He is 100 per cent a fully realised Vader. This is, in a lot of ways, Vader in his prime. But he’s a very complex character, and there’s an inherent struggle of identity that is always present – there’s inner conflict. He’s always going to be struggling with the loss of Padmé. He’s got Anakin buried deep down inside. There always has to be that element of Anakin there, because he does eventually find redemption in the end – through the love of his son, no less. So there has to be that bit of him in there for Luke to be able to access. There’s a lot going on.”
Bonus: two new photos from the magazine.
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