Star Wars: Episode III – For many reasons, Vengeance of the Sith is legendary, the greatest being the fall of the Republic, the Jedi Order, and the transformation of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, all occurring at the same time.
And the killing of Jedi youths in the Jedi Temple is a significant part of Anakin’s collapse. Order 66 is the Jedi Purge and vital to the elimination of the galaxy from the most influential Jedi by Darth Sidious, and by extension, much of them. The Temple was a big hotspot for them in the process, and Anakin went there to destroy everyone that was there. He didn’t get Grogu, of course, and Cal Kestis escaped, but everyone who was there perished, by and large.
The scene is truly one of the darkest in the film, and a turning point in convincing Senator Padmé Amidala that Anakin had transformed when she didn’t trust Obi-Wan Kenobi at first.
And one moment with the kids during the scene is so short, but it stands out.
It turns out that Hayden Christensen frightened the children’s main character a tiny bit to get the best outcome.
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When he and his mother were introduced in The Dark Menace, Anakin Skywalker was just a boy. He was a Tatooine slave and he was helpful and curious about Qui-Gon Jinn, his lifestyle, and Padmé (who he didn’t know was the queen at the time).
Fans see him evolve from this kid in the prequels to a rebellious and reckless teenager to a confident young man who still has a lot to learn. He’s faced with a lot of feelings, though, that he can suppress, but he doesn’t have the character or ability to do so.
Particularly because his love and passion for Padmé is already surrendering to him.
So it is difficult for him to let go of them when it comes to his loss, anxiety, and hate.
Attachment is too easy for him, and he clings to every hope he can find when it comes to the prospect of losing his life’s love and maybe his future children.
And that lies in the promises made to the Sith by the Chancellor.
And the rest is Sith history, sadly.
So in order for Darth Vader to complete his mission of ridding all living Jedi of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, he must destroy the children as well.
And this is where the now famous “Skywalker Master, there are too many, what are we supposed to do?” “The scene gets into action.
As soon as Skywalker enters, the young people, hiding in a conference room, jump out from behind the tables, hoping they’ll be saved, and then the little Jedi says this to Anakin.
The spectator then sees the face of Anakin take on a very scowling look, and the camera pans back to the face of the boy. He then takes a very scared step back when his lightsaber is ignited by Anakin.
The actor who played the first youth who presumably killed Anakin said what Hayden Christensen did to scare him.
It’s all really scary, and the audience knows that on the spot he’s going to kill the kids.
In the film, the shocked jump back was very real, and it turns out it was also a real shocked reaction.
There was a lot of behind-the-scenes trivia about that moment in the recent Reddit AMA by Ross Beadman, who played the Jedi youngster Sors Bandeam, who had a say in that scene.
And one user asked about the stumble, specifically.
What was up with the little tumble you were doing? “He wrote. “It looks like they liked some sort of random twitch, so they took it, but I wonder how much George [Lucas] wanted it to be.”
“Hayden, as I remember, shouted ‘Boo! “Beadman retorted. “And that frightened me, to add to my fear of the scene.”
So even though Beadman was a convincing little Jedi youngster, the genuine reaction on its own was not produced by his acting.
By scaring him off the camera, Christensen gave him a little push. That makes the scene a little sweeter in retrospect, as well as more funny.
Another person responded, “I really think the scare sells the whole scene,” which is very accurate.
The only reason he was the only extra kid who had a line in the scene was because he was the one who lifted his hand the quickest, Beadman went on to say to another guy.
The shooting was pretty nerve-wracking as I needed four shots