Hayden Christensen On Why He Stopped Acting

There’s a lot to complain about regarding George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, and the actor who found himself the most frequently in the firing line was Canadian thesp Hayden Christensen who portrayed Anakin Skywalker.

Jumping from obscurity to overnight household name following his casting, the young actor struggled with the character and dialogue of the ‘Wars’ prequels more so than the rest of the more experienced talent around him. Though having proven himself as an actor in the likes of “Life as a House,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “Shattered Glass,” the actor has revealed to Yahoo that he never got over the sudden thrust to fame that being in “Star Wars” brought him:

“I felt like I had this great thing in Star Wars that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me. I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”

Though he did a few further films like “Jumper,” “Awake,” “Takers,” “Factory Girl” and “Vanishing on 7th Street,” the actor took a four year break from acting, mostly spending the time working on renovating a farm he purchased in Ontario. Only recently has he popped back into the realm of acting with appearances in the faith-based “90 Minutes in Heaven ” and the Nic Cage-led “Outcast”.

Christensen seems happier with his lower profile these days, saying he feels like the work he’s doing now is earned:

“You can’t take years off and not have it affect your career. But I don’t know – in a weird, sort of destructive way, there was something appealing about that to me. There was something in the back of my head that was like, ‘If this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterward and claw my way back in, then maybe I’ll feel like I earned it.'”

The comments come in the wake of reports that at one stage in the development process, the just released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was to have featured Anakin Skywalker as a Force Ghost.