PT Did Hayden do a good job as Anakin?

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  1. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Hayden christensen was so cool looking as Vader![face_dancing]
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  2. BDOT Jedi Master

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    no disrespect to matt lanter but he sounds NOTHING like hayden which kind of bothers me
  3. WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Grand Master

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    Also, TCW Anakin has a completely different hair color than film Anakin!
    I think Matt Lanter does a pretty good job, but you're right that they sound different.
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  4. BDOT Jedi Master

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    His whole persona in ep. 3 was perfect
  5. BDOT Jedi Master

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    I thought the guy who played anakin in the original clone wars show did a pretty decent job, im pretty sure he did the voice over for anakin in the game as well.
  6. WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Grand Master

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    The first TV show about the Clone Wars is very different from the current one.
  7. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Matt lanter didn't have the same voice as hayden. Hayden had a whiny tough guy voice combined, which is why he was way better. Lanter was horrific as anakin.
  8. BDOT Jedi Master

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    of course, but he easily could have returned!
  9. BDOT Jedi Master

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    I wouldnt go as far as saying "horrific" but something about his performance is not believable, it doesnt feel like it is a part of the whole picture. Then again certian things they have done in that show still bother me. like anakin and dooku fighting before ROTS?!?! defeats the whole purpose of Obi Wan saying "this time we'll take him together" the fact we are currently in a 5th season and we started off with anakin in his knighthood bothers me as well. I wanted to see anakin fight in the clone wars as an apprentice and see how it turned him into the more mature anakin we see in ROTS
  10. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    That statement isn't hard to understand at all. Hayden did fine. There's no need for you to separate it the two even though my statement is correct IMO..
  11. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Force Ghost

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    Hayden just isn't a good actor, but I think Lucas could have coached him better. I think the biggest problem in "his" whiny voice and his tendency to overact his scenes. And I mean that with all his roles, regardless the movie. As far as Star Wars is concerned, he was better off toning down his voice and just speaking calmly, much like Obi-Wan did in TPM.
  12. Mnhay27 Jedi Master

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    Wow. I just don't see that at all. I mean, his character wasn't sarcastically referred to as "Mannequin Skywalker" because Hayden overacted.
  13. LordMortis315 Jedi Grand Master

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    I never really had a problem with Hayden. Of course, now, it's a little hard to watch him after Matt Lanter's stellar turn as Anakin in The Clone Wars.
  14. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Force Ghost

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    Actually, that label was placed on Jake, not Hayden.
  15. Mnhay27 Jedi Master

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    Really? My bad then. I always thought that was directed at Hayden. Live and learn.

    Nonetheless, I don't see overacting as one of Hayden's faults, far from it. If anything, I'd say his performance in ROTS was quite subtle.
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  16. Zer0 Jedi Grand Master

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    He did a great job, it's only his dialogue (which wasn't under his control, anyway.) that wasn't always great.
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  17. PiettsHat Force Ghost

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    To be honest, although I disagree with you on the quality of Hayden's acting (I personally thought he was excellent), I do think the voice did play a role in how he was perceived as "whiny." But I don't really think that's a problem with Hayden necessarily -- I think his age probably was a larger factor there. Mostly, I can't help but compare him to Mark Hamill who was 26 when Star Wars premiered but still had a rather whiny voice at times. Hayden was 21 when AOTC opened and 24 when ROTS hit theaters and I do think his youth affected how he was received by audiences, to a degree.
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  18. Frank T. Force Ghost

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    People whining about characters whining makes me laugh and :rolleyes:
  19. WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Grand Master

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    From his more recent work, this is understandable. But you should watch Life as a House. Not only is it a good movie, Hayden is very impressive in that one. Now everybody hates him, but when he was a teenager, he was a respected, rising star.
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  20. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Life as a House, and as I see it, his character in that film, Sam Monroe, was like an AOTC Anakin on steroids.

    I do think that some people had different expectations for Anakin's character and the criticism regarding Anakin's character not meeting preset expectations, got transferred to Hayden's acting.

    Another point, Hayden's character in Higher Ground, his only serious work (that I'm aware of) prior to AOTC, was also an angsty, angry, melodramatic teenager. I believe that characterization is what Lucas was aiming for.

    I stopped keeping up with Hayden's work after Shattered Glass (and I found his character horribly unlikable in that film). I saw Jumper but didn't care that much for it; never saw Awake.
  21. BDOT Jedi Master

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    hahahaahahahahahahahah!!!
  22. BDOT Jedi Master

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    I completely agree with you, although i did enjoy jumper quite a bit....I have been meaning to see takers (i think thats what its called?) but i lost my copy of it someplace.
    I think the way george introduced Anakin in his younger adulthood gave everyone a bad impression. Your firsy impression of ANYBODY is the most important and will stick with them or a long time
  23. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Force Ghost

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    Lol. True. He asked a question and I answered it. I'm not saying he ruined the movie, I'm just saying he wasn't a good choice actor for the role.
  24. Sistros Force Ghost

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    I don't know much about the craft and technicalities of acting, but Ian McDiarmid - a man who does! - was asked at Celebration VI which actor he most enjoyed working with on the PT and he said that he felt he and Christensen had a great on-screen rapport and that Christensen's performance was very underated. I think we can take McDiarmid's word for it!
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    this is just my opinion and I don't claim to know McDiamids mind but I'd hazard a guess that he was just being polite there.

    Almost all his scenes - 80 percent anyway in ROTS were with Hayden, so it would be quite rude of him to say


    "hmm, tough one, let me think, hmmm, uhh, can't think, oh the dude who played Panaka, yeah him"
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  25. Mnhay27 Jedi Master

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    Of course that's a possibilty, but he could just as easily have said Natalie Portman with whom he had quite a few scenes.

    And he did seem sincere.
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