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Desert planets have always played a significant role in the Star Wars films, which means characters have always had opinions towards sand. On that note, the most iconic example of this phenomenon came in the form of Anakin Skywalker's speech on sand (and his general hatred of it) during the events of Attack of the Clones. It has become an infamous moment in Star Wars history, but now it appears that actor Hayden Christensen agrees with his Star Wars character that sand can be rather unpleasant. Christensen elaborated:
Well you know, it's not very smooth. It doesn't really stay in one place, so I'm not such a big fan of it myself, although if it leads to the water I can tolerate it. But Anakin came from a desert planet so I understood his contempt for it.
During a recent interview at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando over the weekend, Hayden Christensen made it clear that he is definitely willing to joke about his time as Anakin Skywalker when he was asked about his feelings regarding sand. Despite the fact that the prequel trilogy is often maligned by fans for its substandard depiction of the galaxy far, far away, Christensen seems to have nestled himself nicely into the fandom by directly acknowledging the cheesiness of the line and embracing it. Hayden Christensen has become the butt of many jokes for how terrible that sand line is, and while his delivery is somewhat flat in the scene, it's worth remembering that he did not write it. This just happens to be one of the scenes that has become iconic in the years since the prequel films debuted.
Of course, if you have not cringed yet today, then you should definitely watch the "I hate sand" speech from Attack of the Clones for a reminder of how ridiculous that line is. Check it out below.
Great job, George Lucas. That is some subtle and nuanced screenwriting. Now that Rey (Daisy Ridley) is off Jakku and experiencing planets covered in water, luscious green forests, and snow, we are left to wonder what she will have to say about sand when The Last Jedi finally debuts in theaters later this year. She's a bit more of an optimist than Anakin ever was, so her opinion towards sand might be considerably different.
We will bring you more information related to the future of the Star Wars franchise as more details become available to us. Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi will debut in theaters later this year on December 15, so make sure to get yourself up to date on everything you need to know about the upcoming Star Wars sequel.