Hayden Christensen reveals funny Star Wars faux pas

Tasha Hegarty
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From Digital Spy

There's nothing more tempting when waving a lightsaber around than to make awesome sound effects – and Hayden Christensen is no exception.

But however cool it sounds when you're trying to be better at pretend fighting than your mates, it can pose a bit of a problem on set.

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The actor – who played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels – admitted his biggest challenge when filming was to stop making those lightsaber noises.

"I had sort of been conditioned, from a very young age, to make the sound effect when I'm swinging a lightsaber," he said at yesterday's (April 14) Star Wars Celebration event. "I know this is something maybe Ewan [McGregor] struggled with a little bit, too, but it was a difficult habit to break."

Christensen explained: "I remember, on a couple of occasions, you would come over after we had filmed a fight scene, and in a very encouraging way, you'd say, 'Hayden, that looks really great, but I can see your mouth moving. You don't have to do that, we add the sound effects in afterward.'

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"I was just so focused that I didn't know where I was doing it. Still, to this day, I pick up a lightsaber, and I can't help it. It just happens."

Also from the event, we finally got a first look at the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi as the first trailer landed – and while it never gave away too much, we loved it.

The Last Jedi will star, among others, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, and you can watch the trailer again below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in cinemas on December 15.

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