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Christensen Discusses Vader Role

May 14, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The man who will be Vader says he would have been happy with just the souvenirs from the audition process for the next two installments of the ``Star Wars″ series.

``I got to meet George Lucas, hang out at Skywalker Ranch, and I got a couple of new hats,″ Hayden Christensen says in the new issue of Time magazine.

Christensen, a 19-year-old from Toronto, was selected to portray Anakin Skywalker, picking up the part from Jake Lloyd, who starred in ``Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.″

Over the course of the next two films, Christensen will become involved with Queen Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, and his character will eventually devolve into the villain Darth Vader.

``It’s awesome to portray a character who becomes Vader,″ he says. ``I’m getting ready to go to the dark side.″

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