Roughly a dozen years after the fact, Nicolas Cage has offered his dissenting opinion on the quality of Hayden Christensen's acting in the Star Wars prequels.
"I saw the work that Hayden did with George [Lucas], and I was very impressed with Hayden's sort of edgy, dangerous, dark, and still soulful performance," Cage said, speaking to IGN about his Outcast costar, who won Worst Supporting Actor Golden Raspberries for both Episode II & III. "I thought it was superb, and so I really connected with him."
But what was it that drew Cage in to Christensen's Anakin Skywalker? The way he spoke as if he were petulant about using a teleprompter? How he'd make his face look angry to show he was becoming the bad guy? The little ponytail from Attack of the Clones?
None of those things. What Nicolas Cage liked? That he saw his own sadness in Christensen's pouting eyes. Like how you empathize with a caged chimp once you see a familiar humanity behind its gaze.
Said the star of Left Behind: "He has a look in his eyes that I respond to, because it almost feels like a familial... He's got that sad thing going on that I've always been accused of having in my eyes, so I thought we would be a good match [in the new film]."
If you'd like to have all four doleful, oft-critically-reviled eyes staring at you, you can see them this Friday when Outcast arrives in limited release.