Initially embodied by Sebastian Shaw in the final shot of “Return of the Jedi”, Anakin appears there under the features of Hayden Christensen since 2004. Back on this major change operated by George Lucas.
We are at the end of Return of the Jedi. The Empire was defeated, the Death Star was destroyed, and after returning to the Light Side of the Force, Vader breathed his last.
Around his funeral pyre, while a big party is in full swing on Endor, the ghosts of Yoda, Obi-Wan, and finally Anakin, the Jedi that Vader was before joining the ranks, appear in turn. of the Emperor.
When the film was released in theaters and for many years, it was actor Sebastian Shaw (interpreter of Vader when he was seen removing his mask in the previous scene) who also played the character in this final sequence.
But starting in 2004, as George Lucas worked to complete his prelogy, he finally decided to replace him with Hayden Christensen in a new edition of the original trilogy. A decision that some fans at first had difficulty understanding, but which allowed Lucas to link his two trilogies more effectively, and which in any case delighted the interpreter of the young Anakin:
“I really got off”, declared the latter during an exceptional interview with George Lucas for the site Moviefone in 2005. “It was my only opportunity to be able to stand next to Alec Guinness, and it was great for me. It also allowed me to include the original trilogy, and I feel even more integrated into the saga. I really liked it. “
In front of the enthusiasm of the young actor, the creator of Star Wars then explained the logic which had pushed him to make such a change:
“I’m glad I added you, because that’s a way to end the whole show. The idea was for your inner being to come back to where you left off when he turned to the Dark Side, right before you got burned. So when you come back to the Right Side of the Force, your old character survived, not Darth Vader’s. “
According to George lucas, the redemption of the character, just before dying, would therefore have virtually “canceled” all the years he spent in Vader’s armor. The Sith Lord having been destroyed for good, in particular by this final choice of Anakin, the redeemed Jedi could therefore logically take the place which was due to him, with his former companions.
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