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"Obiwan Kenobi" star Hayden Kristensen talks about Darth Vader's return

'He is in a dark place, and certainly Obi-Wan's pursuit is a very dark place'

Hayden Christensen attends an Obi-Wan Kenobi Marathon Screening in his hometown of Toronto on June 22nd.
Hayden Christensen attends the Obi-Wan Kenobi Marathon screening in his hometown of Toronto on June 22nd. To do. Photo: George Pimentel/Disney

Hayden Christensenwith Anakin Maybe doneSkywalker at the end of Star Wars:Episode IIIRevenge of the Sith, but he always thought he needed more talk about the villain Darth Vader.

"I felt like Anakin's story was complete, but it was over and there was certainly a sad side to wanting to do more with (Veder)," said a Canadian actor. Is this week's interview.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, newStar Warssequel series atDisney + {58 Streaming}, giving him the opportunity to do it. In a six-episode television series set 10 years after the dramatic events of Episode III, Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) Hiding from the gang of Vader and his ruthless inquisitor. When the young Leia (Vivian Laila Blair) was kidnapped, he was pulled out of the shadows.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+.
Lucasfilm Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Disney + limited.Lucasfilm Photo/Disney +

Written by Toronto-born Deborah Chow (Mandalorian), Directed, this is Vader's new incarnation of theStar Warsvillain who was obsessed with murderous anger as he scrutinized the galaxy trying to kill the old Jedi mentor. find.

"He's in the dark, and certainly his pursuit of Obi-Wan is very dark," says Kristensen, 41. "We wanted to respect it and achieve it in the most compelling way possible."

The latest chapter in the Star Warsstory , An actor who grew up in Toronto meant a wealth of potential opportunities to explore Vader further. The character is rumored to be returning toAhsokanext year. This is a new spin-off series centered around Anakin's Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson).

"I love playing him and he's a very complicated character. He certainly thinks he has more to explore," says Kristensen. "But I don't know what the future holds in terms of what they do. I know."

Held earlier this week in TorontoObi-Wan Kenobi {101 Prior to the marathon screening, Kristensen jumped into a video call and elaborated on his return toStar Wars. Fill the universe and bulk, Vader's iconic black armor.

A few weeks ago, he met at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, where he was really praised. How did you feel about love 17 years after you last played the character in Episode III

? It was a great experience for me and very emotional. There was a lot of love in Star Wars Celebration and it was nice to feel it, so I noticed that I was suffocating several times.

WhyObi-Wan Kenobi

Why did you need to make Darth Vader an adversary? The characters are very connected. It's difficult to have one without the other. I was lucky in that regard.

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) .. Photo: Lucasfilm

I've talked about it before, but I've heard about coming back. Seeing what else was happening in the Star Warsworld, did you think you could come back?

No, it's not. I've heard it in the past, but of course I wanted to do it, so I answered "yes", but I didn't think it was a real possibility. All of this was a surprise.

As a disciple of Skywalker, I thought Moses Ingram's Ingramiter Leva had a great arc in the series. What did you think of the twist on her personality and motivation?

I loved Reva's characters and inquisitor in general. They are cool characters and it's thrilling to see them come alive in live action. But the way they created the Reva character and what Moses brought to it is very compelling. The Battle of Vader-Reva and the emotions she brought to the scene enhance everything.

Reva (Moses Ingram) in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Leva (Moses Ingram). Photo: Lucasfilm

In Episode 5, you and Ewan will have a lightsaber duel. What was that scene like?

It was like going back in time. It's coolest to see him in Anakin's costume, step into the set with me, see him as Obi-Wan with a Jedi mullet, and look like he saw inEpisode II. It was that. Throughout the day, Evan and I were smiling at each other, not believing that we were doing this.

Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in a scene from Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan) McGregor)) In the scene of Obi-Wan Kenobi.Lucasfilm Photo

Vader appeared inRogue One, and the entrance to it was spectacular. Obi-Wan Kenobi

When Vader thought the treatment he received atRogue Onewas perfect, how did he do it? Did you want to surpass? What they were characters was spot-on. I was wondering how I was trying to surpass it. I think Deborah has done a great job doing something different, but in many ways it's at a higher level. The first shot that Skywalker opened his eyes in the bacta tank was very powerful.

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) in a scene from Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) Obi = One Kenobi scene.Lucasfilm Photo

Did you correctly read that you spent £ 25 to play that role?

I filled out the suit and put as much weight as possible so that I could see the parts of the bacta tank. But I had enough time to do that.

You weren't eating ice cream correctly. That is the weight of the muscle.

I ate as much as I could. All the calories I can burn. That was the majority of this. Change my physique.

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) in a scene from Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Darth Vader (Hayden) in the Obi-Wan Kenobi scene Christensen). Photo: Lucasfilm

I've always been a fan of the first part and I'm really happy to see more people coming to the first part think. That wasn't always the case, and I think it wasn't very well received by some critics at the time. How has your attitude towards those films changed over the years?

I don't know that my attitude has changed towards them. I always believed in what we were doing and was proud of those films and my work in those films. It was really nice to feel the support from the fan base, but it was always there. I have always had good relationships with my fans.If anything has changed, it's this dynamic, how critics and journalists want to get involved now. This is great.

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