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PT Did Hayden do a good job as Anakin?

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Rotticus, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Murglak Dany

    Murglak Dany Jedi Youngling

    Aug 2, 2013
    I, personally, loved Hayden as Anakin; his emotion and look captivated what Lucas was going for and I couldn't have thought of someone better to play the role. And despite him, maybe, seeming a bit jaded at times, I can't help but feel this was only due to George's diction. Hayden's an amazing actor, and an amazing Anakin- at that.
  2. vinsanity

    vinsanity Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 28, 2013
    Hayden is not a bad actor (he's good at shattered Glass) but his acting was very wooden but i blame more the dialogue he had to deliver
  3. LordThanatos

    LordThanatos Jedi Padawan star 1

    May 18, 2013

    I think he did a phenomenal job as Anakin, it was perfect to me. The issue I think people have with Hayden/Anakin is not with the actor or acting, but with the character. They're just not into his character or they can't understand why Anakin would sound emotionally unstable full with anger on mustafar.
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  4. Poor Greedo

    Poor Greedo Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 6, 2012
    The dude was charged with bringing Lucas' dialogue to life AND portraying the downfall of the most iconic character in the saga. It's a tall order. I think given the material he did as good a job as anyone could. Even Liam and Ewan struggled at times and we know they are pros! Chalk it up to Lucas and his subpar dialogue. A visionary, he was. A poet, he was not.

    “I'm just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.” – Jango Fett
  5. Isabella Skywalker

    Isabella Skywalker Jedi Youngling

    Aug 3, 2013
    I tought he did a great job in ROTS, but the problem wasn't him in the PT, it was the screenplay.
    In my opinion he's underated.
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  6. Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman Jedi Youngling

    Jun 10, 2013
    Maybe I am... From a certain point of view :)
  7. Deputy Rick Grimes

    Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Sep 3, 2012
    You are not Freeman!!!
  8. Arwen Sith

    Arwen Sith Jedi Master star 4

    May 30, 2005
    I think he did a pretty good job. I especially liked his body language, very reminiscent of Darth Vader in parts of ROTS, particularly when he was speaking with Palpatine.
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  9. El Jedi Colombiano

    El Jedi Colombiano Force Ghost star 5

    Jun 24, 2013

    FRAGWAGON Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 3, 2012
    He somehow combined a hint of Jake's innocence with a large portion of JEJ speaking cadence.

    Brilliant lad. For some reason I like those scenes best that everyone hates. I love how he delivers in the fireplace scene, for instance.

    He's Anakin.
  11. Darthsith500

    Darthsith500 Jedi Youngling

    Aug 12, 2013
    He did good in ROTS. In AOTC he was pretty bad though.
  12. Sur-Gon Jinn

    Sur-Gon Jinn Jedi Youngling

    Aug 14, 2013
    Hayden get's too much hate. He's a decent actor. No Ewan or Ian. But decent. I've liked him in other films I've seen him in.

    People are blaming him for what is really GL's fault. Bad writing. Bad directing. Too much green-screen acting. etc.

    What's bad is Hayden hadn't made a name for himself before he's suffered for it.

    It reminds me of Jeremy Irons. He's a good actor. But watch his performance in the first Dungeons and Dragons movie (if you can stomach it) he's TERRIBLE in it. Why? the directors and script.

    Same with Hayden. Again. He's not a great actor. But he's decent. And certainly undeserving of the hate he get's if you actually take 2 seconds to think about the dialogue and director he had.
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    DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jun 8, 2002
    Lol. Hayden Christensen is not a good actor. He's average at best. If he's such a good actor, then why isn't he in any lead roles lately, or movies for that matter? Sure the dialogue was goofy, and he was poorly directed at times, but it wouldn't made a difference, because he was all wrong for the part, anyway.
  14. mes520

    mes520 Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 3, 2012
    I think I'm a minority, but I always thought Hayden's AOTC performance was the stronger of the two.
  15. Sandtrooper92

    Sandtrooper92 Jedi Knight star 2

    Jul 31, 2013
    Either he or the director were horrible. It doesn't matter any longer

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  16. PiettsHat

    PiettsHat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 1, 2011
    I think Hayden's a good actor. Certainly not in the same league as Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, or Ian McDiarmid, but definitely on the same level as Mark Hamill and Natalie Portman. In large part, I think the difficulties people have with Anakin's character have more to do with the way he was written than how Hayden portrays him. There's a lot of things that Hayden does that I feel build upon the work of other actors -- how he incorporates small details from Jake Lloyd's performance (the look he gives Mace Windu for example) and James Earl Jones cadence with Prowse's posture and hand gestures.

    Anakin was a difficult character to play, but I think Hayden gave it his all and gave George what he wanted -- which is all that I feel can reasonably be asked of him.
  17. TrandoJedi

    TrandoJedi Jedi Master star 4

    May 4, 2011
    I like Hayden as Anakin, but some of his dialogue wasn't the best...but judging on voice alone Matt Lanter is a great Anakin and would of thought it interesting to have him in the films instead of Hayden.
  18. JDN21

    JDN21 Jedi Master star 3

    Nov 17, 2004
    In a word, he was awful.

    No charisma, he brought nothing to the role. I couldn't care less when he started moaning about hating the Jedi. A good actor would have made his downfall moving.

    FRAGWAGON Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 3, 2012
    I just watched it. Funny thing, I found it very moving, especially because of his acting and presence!
  20. Carbon1985

    Carbon1985 Jedi Knight star 3

    Apr 23, 2013
    He wasn't bad in AOTC, but he was horrible in ROTS. I go back and forth on who to blame: Lucas's directing? or Hayden's acting?
  21. vinsanity

    vinsanity Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 28, 2013
    add Lucas's writing on that
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    TOPGUNxICEMAN Jedi Youngling

    Aug 28, 2013
    in attack of the clones i feel like he tried to hard but in ROTS he did a great job.
  23. SithStarSlayer

    SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2003
    They could have put Anakin in the suit during TPM and people would still say Hayden was terrible.;)

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  24. Darth Raiden

    Darth Raiden Jedi Knight star 3

    Aug 28, 2013
    I guess I go with what everyone is saying... Yes... Yes he did
  25. Darth Ridiculis

    Darth Ridiculis Jedi Padawan star 1

    Jul 15, 2013
    He hasn't been in many movies... save for Jumper and Shattered Glass maybe... because Star Wars ruined his career. See: Carrie Fisher. Nobody can see him as anything other than that Emo kid from Star Wars.