Actor Hayden Christensen bulked up to play Star Wars villain DARTH VADER, but his expanded physique required no excessive gym routines.

The svelte young star was provided with a muscle-bound suit and high-heeled shoes in an effort to exactly match the appearance of the Darth Vader played by David Prowse in the original trilogy.

However, the 23-year-old star was relieved there was no fighting involved for the villainous character in upcoming final installment STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH, because it wasn't easy to move in the costume.

He says, "In order to compensate for me not being as built or as tall as the original Darth Vader I had a massive muscle suit on underneath, as well as lifts in the shoes.

"It felt like I was walking around on high-heeled shoes weighed down by this 30-pound suit."

18/03/2005 17:31