Darth Vader's actor reveals how much weight he gained for Obi-Wan Kenobi

Darth Vader's actor reveals how much weight he gained for Obi-Wan Kenobi ...

Ewan McGregor made its debut on the stage to announce his Star Wars return with theObi-Wan KenobiDisney+ series. This delight grew only after a rematch with Darth Vader was promised, especially since Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen was coming back to play the role.

In bothAttack of the ClonesandRevenge of the Sith, Christensen only appeared as Darth Vader for a brief period, and spent a matter of seconds in the legendary suit. Naturally, fans were surprised to hear McGregor would be reunited with his prequel collaborator.

Both stars having spent 17 years away from the Star Wars fantasy,Obi-Wan Kenobi required a lot of effort to understand the character,master lightsaber combat, and get back to life.

Hayden Christensen Discusses Gaining Weight for Darth Vader

Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin in Anakin Skywalker, recently spoke with Fatherly to discuss his return inObi-Wan Kenobiand. Alongside his few scenes as Anakin, Christensen donned the Vader suit for the series, but shared the in-suit duties with stuntmenDmitrious Bistrevsky and Tom O''Connell.

While the prequel trilogy actor may not be in the suit most often, he claimed that it was "very important for [him] to] encapsulate the role, even though he would not be visible. In order to prepare to become Darth Vader, Christensen revealed he put on "25 or 35 pounds" for nine months, but quickly worked it off after filming:

I felt that the process was very beneficial for me. I needed to become a character again physically. I just consumed as many calories as possible to complete the [Darth Vader] suit. I attempted to avoid the dad bod thing. But I was attempting to keep that Vader body until we finished. I was also able to maintain my old diet fairly easily.

Christensen discusses the importance of Obi-Wan Kenobi''s prequel trilogy, and claims that the series is "still a standalone thing:"

If you haven''t seen the prequels before, or aren''t pleased with the prequels, this show may be a standalone one. Plus, it got a good recap at the beginning. That''s all you need to know.

Has Hayden Christensen''s Return Been Disappointing?

With just how long McGregor and Christensen appeared in the Star Wars galaxy, their reunion has truly been a treat for fans. While Obi-Wan has naturally been at the forefront of the series, there''s still some reason to believe that Vader has been a victim of a stalemate.

After all, Reva and the Inquisitors have generally proved to be the main antagonists, and many have said that the only encounter with Vader so far has been clumsy. Even in terms of Christensen, the prequel trilogy actor has only been visible in a few brief flashes and the fifth episode''s duel flashbacks, despite a flaw in Vader being bound to his suit at this point.

Since stuntmen wish to cover the Darth Vader suit for a large part of the series, Christensen''s involvement has been somewhat limited so far. Perhaps the end will provide more flashbacks to the Clone Wars era that will allow him to express himself in a bigger way.

Then, on the flip side, Obi-Wan Kenobionly appears to be Christensen''s return to the galaxy far away as speculations point to his appearance in the upcomingAhsokaseries. With Vader being deceased by that post-original trilogy point in the timeline, chances are he will either appear as a Force Ghost or in flashbacks to his relationship with Ahsoka Tano, something that has never been shown in real-action.

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