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Nic Cage Has Definite Feelings About Hayden Christensen’s Star Wars Peformance

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Hayden ChristensenNo matter what, for good or ill, Hayden Christensen will likely never be able to escape the shadow of his time spent in the Star Wars universe. To be fair, the same can be said of others, especially Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher—whatever else they’ve done in their careers, whatever their successes or failures, we’ll always think of them as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. (Harrison Ford, for his part, managed to move beyond his Han Solo character.) For all of the things people criticize about the prequels (even if you’re a fan, you have to admit, they’re widely panned films), one of the elements most often pointed out and derided is Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker, who, of course, becomes Darth Vader (sorry if I spoiled that for anyone). Still, he’s not without his supporters, including one very famous champion, a little dude we like to call Nicolas Cage.

The two actors worked together on the upcoming fantasy adventure Outcast, and while doing press for that film, Cage took a few moments to praise his costar to IGN, specifically his turn in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He says, “I watched George’s movies, and the work Hayden did with George, and I was very impressed with Hayden’s sort of edgy, dangerous, dark and still soulful performance. I thought it was superb. And so I really connected with him.” He also calls Christensen a “lovely man,” and hopes they can continue to be friends.

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Left Behind Review: Nicolas Cage Is The Sanest Thing In This Movie

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nicolas cageLet’s be clear, this review could be subtitled “or How I Stopped Worrying About IMDb Tricking Me Into Thinking This Would Be a Sci-Fi Movie and Learned to Accept This Bomb.” Left Behind, based on the bestselling novel series from Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, is, at this point, a well-known apocalyptic tale steeped in religion and disaster, and I knew going into it that the entire film would be a deus ex machina. Still, I hoped for some kind of a genre subversion that earned the attached “sci-fi” label, but that, too, was left behind.

The titular description, at least according to some people, applies to those who remain on the planet after an instantaneous mass disappearance occurs, vanishing everyone around the world who was devoted to their faith. The concept is inherently frightening to me, no matter what the context. (HBO’s The Leftovers plays this plotline in an entirely different way.) The main problem with Left Behind is that this story’s focus flops around like a fish out of water, unable to exist as an action movie or a religious movie or even a thriller. This is a film that uses a little person (Martin Klebba) for little person jokes, and Nicolas Cage plays one of the only characters who keeps his sanity throughout. What the hell is this?