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Christensen gained international fame for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
His honors for these films include a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Actor and the Cannes Film Festival Revelation Award.
His voice as the "robotic" Vader, however, was dubbed over by James Earl Jones, who first made the voice famous in the original trilogy.
Christensen insisted this was done without his knowledge, an act that was confirmed by Lucasfilm itself in the featurette "Return of the Jedi: What has changed?
This was essential to solidify the story that Lucas was trying to tell: Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace and transformation into Darth Vader.
Christensen was cast alongside Ewan Mc Gregor’s young Obi-Wan Kenobi as the prophesied Chosen One, the individual who would bring balance to the Force.
, Padmé had the great pleasure of dying because she, as a medical droid puts it, "lost the will to live", a grandiose way of stating that she essentially couldn't be bothered anymore.
On May 12, 2000, Christensen announced that he would be starring as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
The casting director reviewed about 1,500 other candidates before director George Lucas selected Christensen.