Actor Hayden Christensen is a legend in the Star Wars universe, recently cementing himself as a true hero after gaining an absurd amount of weight so he could put on the Darth Vader armor once again.
Every Star Wars fan is eager to see more of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker in flashback sequences throughout Obi-Wan Kenobi, but with one episode left, it’s safe to say that Darth Vader will be filling the streaming screen.
While fans are still thrilled to have Hayden Christensen back as the Sith Lord, the actor underwent an insane physical change to fill out the iconic Vader suit.
Reportedly gaining upwards of 30 pounds, Hayden Christensen has given it his all for his epic Star Wars return:
Did you know? Hayden Christensen put on 25-30 pounds to play Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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Christensen’s full quote reads:
“I think that process was very important for me. 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. I try to avoid the dad bod thing. 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.”
It’s not uncommon to see Hollywood figures undergo physical transformations for big-billed roles, especially within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Skywalker saga.
But, to have Christensen put on 25-30 pounds of muscle is absurd and admirable. Undoubtely dangerous and requiring intense medical and physical attention by trained professionals, Hayden Christensen has put it all on the line to provide the best Darth Vader he can portray for fans.
More about Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
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