‘Emperor Palpatine’ and ‘Anakin Skywalker’ From Star Wars Visit Children’s Hospital. Though they play villains in the Star Wars franchise, Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid are far from their characters persona’s in real life and planned a special visit with some Star Wars fans for a special meet-and-greet.
Actors Ian McDiarmid (Senator/Emperor Palpatine) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) stopped by Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City Thursday morning to visit with some star-struck patients while in town for the FanX Salt Lake Comic Con.
The children and their families lined up to meet-and-greet with Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen in the hospital’s Ronald McDonald Room. McDiarmid and Christensen signed autographs and took photos with several of their fans currently admitted at Primary Children’s Hospital and took extra time to sit down and visit with the patients and their families.
One patient in particular was very excited to meet Hayden and shared that they have the same last name, “Christensen,” and that both of them spell it in the exact same way. They also found out the common thread for the surname being their shared Danish ancestry. Hayden went on to say that he is a mix of Danish, Swedish, and Italian, but was very excited to bring so much joy to the young patient.
The kids even got to have a visit with fully functioning R2-D2 who loved showing the fans his many different accessories and functions
So today I got to film and take pics of #AnakinSkywalker and #EmperorPalpatine meeting with kids at Primary Children's Hospital today. #StarWars #RiseOfSkywalker
Video: https://t.co/6KW2dy4rn2 pic.twitter.com/sQ4z3KJfc4
— Adam Forgie (@adamforgie) September 5, 2019
The patients were also given their own inflatable lightsabers and some of the kids received special caricatures and drawings for the stars to sign if they did not bring an item to be autographed.
You can check out the full story, photo gallery, and special video from their visit by CLICKING HERE.
We love seeing celebrities taking time out of their schedules to visit those who are going through tough times and could use a much needed morale boost. These kids and their families will cherish these memories for years to come!
Ian McDiarmid is set to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, with unconfirmed rumors that Hayden Christensen may be returning to the Star Wars universe as a “Force Ghost” of Anakin Skywalker alongside Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). This could explain the reason why Christensen and McDiarmid seem to be popping up together in public recently.
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Photo Credit: KUTV/Adam Forgie
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