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Hayden Christensen to star in Rob Cohen's fantasy action movie Marco Polo

04.09.2015

Hayden Christensen has not headlined a major studio film since, well, the STAR WARS prequels. Sure, he has appeared steadily in films but most have been supporting roles or VOD fare. But, apparently his international fan-base is large enough that Paramount will have him play the title role in MARCO POLO, based on the famed explorer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MARCO POLO will be directed by XXX filmmaker Rob Cohen in what is being described as a fantasy action movie. What that means is very ambiguous as it could be a fictionalized take on the historical figure or it could just be a reference to the tone and style of the movie. In either case, MARCO POLO is set to be co-financed with The China Film Group.

Marco Polo is significant historically for embarking on a 24 year journey to China in the 13th century. There are historical records of this trip but the tale could easily be changed or added to for cinematic purposes. Knowing Rob Cohen's penchant for over the top filmmaking, MARCO POLO will likely not reside in the realm of realistic movies.

There is no release date for MARCO POLO.

Extra Tidbit: Hayden Christensen was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2001. I shit you not.

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4:11PM on 04/09/2015

You can't blame the actors of the Star Wars prequels for lousy acting (except for Jake Lloyd), they were allow 3 takes.

Anytime someone highlights how wooden the acting was in the Star Wars prequels it still remains unknown to most people that the actors in the prequels were only allowed 3 takes per scene. Lucas feared internet leaks would get out about what would happen in each Star Wars film, so he only allowed the actors 3 to 4 takes. One reason why Liam Neeson did not return for Episode II or III as a ghost. I will say that Jake Lloyd is an exception. He was the worse thing about the prequels in my opinion.
Anytime someone highlights how wooden the acting was in the Star Wars prequels it still remains unknown to most people that the actors in the prequels were only allowed 3 takes per scene. Lucas feared internet leaks would get out about what would happen in each Star Wars film, so he only allowed the actors 3 to 4 takes. One reason why Liam Neeson did not return for Episode II or III as a ghost. I will say that Jake Lloyd is an exception. He was the worse thing about the prequels in my opinion. Way more annoying than Jar Jar Binks. Almost every actor in the Star Wars prequels still showed at certain moments that they did the best they could with Lucas's direction, except for Jake Lloyd. He was dreadful!
Hayden Christensen has talent and I hope he gets his career back on track like Natalie Portman has.
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3:33PM on 04/09/2015

I feel sorry for Hayden Christensen, Jake Lloyd,

and any rookie actor whose career was torpedoed by the STAR WARS prequels. It was clear that the fault for the lousy acting rested squarely on George Lucas. Hell, even future Oscar winner Natalie Portman had trouble getting work, thanks to PHANTOM MENACE.

It's obvious Christensen can act. He won the Chopard award (Male Revelation) for his work in MY LIFE AS A HOUSE.
and any rookie actor whose career was torpedoed by the STAR WARS prequels. It was clear that the fault for the lousy acting rested squarely on George Lucas. Hell, even future Oscar winner Natalie Portman had trouble getting work, thanks to PHANTOM MENACE.

It's obvious Christensen can act. He won the Chopard award (Male Revelation) for his work in MY LIFE AS A HOUSE.
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4:03PM on 04/09/2015
I agree and feel sorry for Hayden Christensen, but I don't feel sorry for Jake Lloyd. He was lousy in Star Wars. For me, he was more annoying than Jar Jar Binks. You can blame the fact that the actors were only allowed about 3 takes per scene, but almost every actor in the Star Wars prequels still showed at certain moments that they did the best they could with Lucas's direction, except for Jake Lloyd. As for his fingering pointing outcry at George Lucas about a year ago for wrecking his acting
I agree and feel sorry for Hayden Christensen, but I don't feel sorry for Jake Lloyd. He was lousy in Star Wars. For me, he was more annoying than Jar Jar Binks. You can blame the fact that the actors were only allowed about 3 takes per scene, but almost every actor in the Star Wars prequels still showed at certain moments that they did the best they could with Lucas's direction, except for Jake Lloyd. As for his fingering pointing outcry at George Lucas about a year ago for wrecking his acting career, had me saying "Shut the hell up! You starred in one of the most highest grossing films of all time, which a lot of highly talented actors will never get. You still get paychecks for The Phantom Menace and you always will. You're set for life!"
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3:20PM on 04/09/2015
BTW, Rob Cohen also directed The Fast and The Furious. The first one. I guess no one remembers that....
But he also directed Dragonheart. Hopefuly this Marco Polo movie would more be in line with that one - in terms of style.
BTW, Rob Cohen also directed The Fast and The Furious. The first one. I guess no one remembers that....
But he also directed Dragonheart. Hopefuly this Marco Polo movie would more be in line with that one - in terms of style.
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3:17PM on 04/09/2015
I don't consider Hayden Christensen a really good actor, but I have no problem with him. I liked him is Jumper and I just saw Shattered Glass yesterday.
I don't consider Hayden Christensen a really good actor, but I have no problem with him. I liked him is Jumper and I just saw Shattered Glass yesterday.
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11:34PM on 04/09/2015
Shattered Glass is a very underrated film.
Shattered Glass is a very underrated film.
3:15PM on 04/09/2015

Wrong

A simple IMDB search shows he was nominated for Life as a House, he didn't win. So have indeed "shit" us.
A simple IMDB search shows he was nominated for Life as a House, he didn't win. So have indeed "shit" us.
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3:28PM on 04/09/2015
lol alex once again edits his article without acknowledgement lol this is such a pattern
lol alex once again edits his article without acknowledgement lol this is such a pattern
4:15PM on 04/09/2015
It's an easy google search ConMan. Even I check facts like awards and winners before I post something.
It's an easy google search ConMan. Even I check facts like awards and winners before I post something.
4:46PM on 04/09/2015
Ya man, I know. He has been called out on several articles and then low and behold he changes the content and makes sure that it sorta resembles what he wrote earlier and denies having modified the article.
Ya man, I know. He has been called out on several articles and then low and behold he changes the content and makes sure that it sorta resembles what he wrote earlier and denies having modified the article.
3:07PM on 04/09/2015
Ya know, I have a soft spot for "Jumper", but his acting is Anakin level there. I haven't seen the other movies so I can't judge that.
Ya know, I have a soft spot for "Jumper", but his acting is Anakin level there. I haven't seen the other movies so I can't judge that.
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3:05PM on 04/09/2015

Golden Globe Winner?

Are you sure? I think he was just nominated.
Are you sure? I think he was just nominated.
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2:57PM on 04/09/2015
"Hayden Christensen won a Golden Globe in 2001. I shit you not."

You write that as if you have any sort of knowledge on Acting. Most people here will agree that Hayden Christensen is a SOLID SOLID Actor, see Shattered Glass, Life as a House, his earlier work etc. It is his work as Anakin Skywalker that has (in my opinion) tainted so many people from him. I honestly believe that that isn't his fault. Given to almost any actor, no one could salvage that roll with such atrocious writing and
"Hayden Christensen won a Golden Globe in 2001. I shit you not."

You write that as if you have any sort of knowledge on Acting. Most people here will agree that Hayden Christensen is a SOLID SOLID Actor, see Shattered Glass, Life as a House, his earlier work etc. It is his work as Anakin Skywalker that has (in my opinion) tainted so many people from him. I honestly believe that that isn't his fault. Given to almost any actor, no one could salvage that roll with such atrocious writing and dialogue. Even Portman stinks to high heaven in her role. Lucas can write a story very well, but can't write a script or direct to save his life. So i think people should give Hayden a break. It is because of Star Wars that he has been relegated to GARBAGE VOD etc over the last little while. He has the Star Wars stigma following him
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3:13PM on 04/09/2015
Actors can only polish a turd (poor writing, character development, script, movie) but so much. Sounds like he did the best he could with Anakin, based on what he had to work with.
Actors can only polish a turd (poor writing, character development, script, movie) but so much. Sounds like he did the best he could with Anakin, based on what he had to work with.
3:27PM on 04/09/2015
yep exactly. Even Natalie Portman said PAdme almost killed her career and she had to fight for years and fight HARD for roles.
yep exactly. Even Natalie Portman said PAdme almost killed her career and she had to fight for years and fight HARD for roles.
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