Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker

When I saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999, my first thought upon leaving the theater was: I don’t ever want to see little Anakin grow up to be Darth Vader. It was the mother in me coming out – I didn’t want to watch the transformation of a sweet, endearing, child, with the potential to be so good, turn out to be so evil. I think every mother, when she hears a news story about some terrible murderer or other bad person, looks at her own kids and wonders how the mother of that person must feel, to know her child grew up to be capable of hurting others.