Hayden Christensen Thought He Will NOT Get Star Wars Role For THIS Reason

Hayden Christensen, famous for playing Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, discussed his unexpected path to securing the role. Initially doubtful, he learned Leonardo DiCaprio was considered. Nevertheless, he persisted, believing the part would likely go to another actor.
Hayden Christensen Thought He Will NOT Get Star Wars Role For THIS Reason

Hayden Christensen Thought He Will NOT Get Star Wars Role For THIS Reason

Hayden Christensen, known for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith recently shared his surprising journey to securing the iconic role. Christensen revealed that he was initially skeptical about his chances of landing the role, especially upon hearing that Leonardo DiCaprio was being considered for the part. Despite the odds, he persevered through the audition process with the belief that the role would ultimately go to another actor.

Overcoming Doubts and Criticism

Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen
While fans have since embraced Christensen's portrayal, the initial reception was marred by criticism, both of his performance and the prequel movies themselves. Christensen found himself at the center of fan backlash, but he remained resilient, recognising the disconnect between some reviews and his own appreciation for the films.

Understanding Suspension of Disbelief

In a candid interview with Empire magazine, Christensen offered insights into the criticism, attributing it to a failure of suspension of disbelief on the part of some viewers. He emphasized the fantastical nature of the "Star Wars" universe and the need for audiences to embrace the limitless possibilities it presents, rather than expecting adherence to conventional norms.
According to reports, Christensen was not the biggest name that Lucasfilm was trying to lure into its galaxy. The actor had heard that Leonardo DiCaprio was being considered and thought Star Wars was a lost cause for him.
“I had heard that they’d met with Leonardo and a bunch of other actors,” Christensen revealed, adding “That just confirmed my thought that the role would go to another actor. Through the entire auditioning process I had told myself, from day one, that I wasn’t going to get the part. It just wasn’t a possibility. And I think that probably helped me a lot, because it just freed me up in a lot of ways. And so it really came as a surprise to me when I got the part.”

Return to the Franchise

Despite the initial challenges, Christensen expressed gratitude for his return to the "Star Wars" universe in recent Disney+ series like "Obi-Wan Kenobi" and "Ahsoka." He described the experience as a bucket-list achievement, hinting at the possibility of future appearances as Darth Vader.
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