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Hayden Christensen Watched An Iconic Star Wars Scene On Repeat To Prepare For 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

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Hayden Christensen Watched An Iconic Star Wars Scene On Repeat To Prepare For 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

Like everyone, I was torn when it came to my thoughts on Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series had a strong start and a strong finish, but there’s no denying that the episodes in between often lacked purpose and tension.

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That being said, I’m still riding the high of the finale (spoilers imminently ahead) which featured a number of gasp-out-loud moments. From Qui-Gon’s surprise appearance to the beautiful sound of that “Hello there,” it was a fun ride. The best scene though was Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s epic confrontation. Hayden Christensen didn’t take the responsibility lightly, doing a ton of prep for that iconic cracked helmet moment.

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To “re-immerse himself in Star Wars,” Christensen studied a particular Star Wars Rebels episode. According to Collider, the actor watched the episode ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’ numerous times in preparation for the cracked helmet scene. The episode contains a similar moment which sees Vader’s mask damaged in combat during a duel with Ashoka, his former apprentice.

Speaking about filming the scene, Christensen said, “It was a very emotional scene to shoot, and obviously a very important one. It was something that I think everyone was very aware of just, like, stepping out on set that day. There was a very different feeling. For both Ewan and I, it was a rather emotional experience, and I think that comes across onscreen."

Obi-Wan’s “I’m sorry,” truly broke me and I can confirm that whilst watching this scene again for the purposes of writing this article, I am a mess once more. Thank you Star Wars. Next time someone trash talks the prequels, show them that it led to this scene. Art.

Featured Image Credit: Disney+

Topics: Star Wars, TV And Film, Disney

Kate Harrold
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