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Hayden Christensen Glad Star Wars Fans 'Embraced' Him, But Why They Hated Him in the First Place?

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The Darth Vader actor is set to put the iconic black mask back on in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'.

Hayden Christensen reflects on the decision to return to the role of Darth Vader, revealing that it was very easy for him to jump back into the beloved franchise. Among the things he enjoyed the most was the love he received from fans who now appeared to have "finally embraced" him.

"It's been so heartwarming for Star Wars fans to finally embrace me… I guess the moral of the story is patience," Christensen said when speaking to William Mullally.

Fans have spent many years grilling Christensen's performance in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Now, however, many fans and critics argue that the certain amount of cringe-worthiness that Christensen's ill-fated Jedi had on screen was bad dialogue's fault, and not the actor's.

Notably, the character of Anakin Skywalker was grilled in both young and older versions,

Notably, both versions of Anakin Skywalker – young one and old one – were hated back in the time, with massive criticism prompting Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin as a child, to retire from acting. But Christensen, who, unlike Lloyd, appeared in two prequel films, received even more fan hate.

Things are different now, as many 'Star Wars' fans revisited the prequel trilogy and changed their mind. It would be fair to note that some people decided to redirect their discontent to the newest Disney sequels (and 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' is among them), criticizing the studio for its treatment of the franchise.

But now that fans agreed that the flaws of the prequel movies were more due to questionable writing and directing, Christensen is welcomed back by those who are still eager to see 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and other 'Star Wars' sequels. So who knows, maybe his Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is on track to experience a Renaissance similar to that of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker after 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'.

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