With only one episode left, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ are leaving fans anticipating Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) meeting one more time before the Star Wars series ends. It’s been 17 years since the actors played their iconic roles. It’s also really the first time Christensen gets to play a fully-formed version of Darth Vader. During a recent interview with Fatherly, the Obi-Wan Kenobi star shared what he did to prepare for his “Vader body.”
Hayden Christensen Talks About Training for Darth Vader Body
“I think that process was very important for me,” Christensen explained. “I needed to become that character again, physically. I just consumed as many calories as possible. I put on 25 or 30 pounds to fill out that [Darth Vader] suit.” Christensen explained that the process took about nine months, but he chose not to maintain his Vader bod after the production was over. “I try to avoid the dad bod thing,” he explained with a chuckle. “And I was trying to maintain that Vader body after we finished. But, honestly, I pretty much just went back to my old diet. I kind of deflated after that.”
When Screenrant asked the Obi-Wan Kenobi star about coming back to play Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader for a future project, Christensen shared, “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question. I certainly would love to continue with this character, and I feel like there’s more there to do. But we’ll see… In preparing for this, I did as much research as I could. And I got to read some of these Darth Vader comics, these standalone comics that just focus on Darth Vader, and [there’s] some really interesting stuff there. I don’t know. But yeah, I would love to get to do this again.”
“Obviously, we’re so connected to the prequels,” Chow said of Obi-Wan Kenobi. “We’re bringing back Ewan and looking back at the character, Anakin plays such a big role in Obi-Wan’s life. So much of the weight that we’re coming in with the series is coming out of what happened in Revenge of the Sith. It felt very natural to have Hayden be part of this. I think for us, so much of what we’re exploring is the emotional relationship between the two of them. To have that emotion, it obviously connects very strongly to Hayden.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+ with the season finale premiering next Wednesday.