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Heavy Lies the Crown   

“He (Hayden Christensen) is smaller and lighter than I am, yet he has to do the same things I did and he has to appear just as if he is me. He walked a bit like Frankenstein, but he wanted to do it.” – David Prowse

In Revenge of the Sith George Lucas deliberately made the Darth Vader suit top-heavy (for instance adding weight on the helmet and armor) to make Hayden Christensen not appear “too accustomed” to it in the movie, therefore the suit that the actor wore was much more heavier than the ones Prowse used in the OT. Christensen’s Frankenstein-like walk and mannerism were intentional and deliberate to realistically portray Anakin’s suffering, clumsiness and difficulties in getting accustomed to his new artificial body and armor. The excruciating pain of his injuries and all the surgeries he went through and his new artificial legs, he was unused to, would naturally hinder his movement.

Regarding the height difference between the actors, Bob Anderson who played Vader in his fight scenes in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was 1,85 m, only 2 cm taller than Christensen. Because of the height differences – Anderson was 6’1" (1.85m), while Prowse was 6’7" (2.02m) -Anderson’s scenes were filmed from a lower angle to make him seem taller, or he stood on some small stilts.