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Hayden Christensen Comes to MIT, Looks Pretty by Jess K. '10

Pictures of the top of Hayden Christensen's head inside!

Tonight LSC hosted a pretty exciting event – a screening of a few selections from the upcoming movie “Jumper”, as well as a discussion panel including Hayden Christensen, director Doug Liman (who also directed “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “The Bourne Identity” trilogy), and MIT physics professors Edward Farhi and Max Tegmark. It’s not every day that we get former Darth Vaders up on the stage at 26-100, so there was a pretty sizable crowd lining up all the way out to the building 56 Athena cluster, including local press and MIT alums.

And so, because it’d be faster and more interesting and also because I don’t remember exactly what was said, I give you HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN AT MIT IN 15 MINUTES! (and pictures.)

LSC GUY: Hello, and on behalf of LSC, thank you for coming to this free screening of Jumper! Speaking of Jumper, I’m wearing a blue sweater. And now, here to talk about his movie, Doug Liman.

DOUG LIMAN: Hello, my name is Doug Liman and this is my movie. These clips are from a week ago, which is like a year in Hollywood time, so it’s like going back in time for me. And also, I didn’t get to pick them – Fox did. Okay, here we go.

CLIP 1: (DAVEY, the movie’s main character, discovers he can teleport. Joke about a library.)


DL: And this clip is why I fell in love with the movie.

CLIP 2: (DAVEY robs a bank. Lots of money.)

DL: And this clip is where we see Hayden.


CLIP 3: (HAYDEN gets beaten to a pulp by SAMUEL L. JACKSON)


DL: And this is the clip where we see another one of the jumpers, who is played by Jamie Bell.

HALF OF THE AUDIENCE: Hey, wasn’t he Billy Elliott?


DL: Some of you thought you were going to come see the whole movie tonight, but we actually just finished it last night, so uh, sorry, that’s pretty much it. I have no idea how that rumor got out. Uh, now the guy you probably actually came to see.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN: Hi, I’m Hayden Christensen.

LSC GUY: OKAY! Now we’re going to have a discussion panel!

HC: Oh, uh, okay.

LSC GUY: Talking about the physics of teleportation tonight – Professor Edward Farhi!

AUDIENCE: WOO!!! (more cheering and applause than for HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN)

LSC GUY: And Professor Max Tegmark!

AUDIENCE: WOO!!! (more cheering and applause than for HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN)

EDWARD FARHI: Hey, this is like teaching 8.01 all over again.


EF: Wow, major Debbie Downer. Anyway, I’m going to talk about quantum teleportation. But in order to do that, I have to teach you quantum mechanics. It’ll just take a minute.

SOME FRESHMAN COURSE 8 MAJOR: Oh good, so I don’t have to take 8.05 now.

EF: So you take an entangled pair of electrons, put each one at point A and point B, and put the electron you want to teleport at point A. Then you take a “measurement function” which collapses the wave function of the electrons, which will give you any number 1-4. You pass that information through conventional methods, like radio or light, to point B, and “you do some quantum thingy” (his words) depending on the quantum number to the electron at point B, which will result in the electron having transported over there. So.. basically to do this with Hayden, from Earth to Mars, you’d have to destroy him on Earth. (This explanation brought to you with major help from The Angela Monster.)

HC and DL: K.

MAX TEGMARK: So now I’m going to talk a little more about classical teleportation – which isn’t necessarily teleportation, per se, but is more like transporting someone from point A to B very quickly. But I’m going to do it with a power point that isn’t always grammatically correct, and features a lot of pictures of Hayden Christensen in various poses.

MT: You would never be able to do what Eddy said, because there would be a LOT of energy required. So, say you wanted to classically teleport someone from here to another solar system. The problem with doing it that way is that once you get there, someone would’ve built a better and faster approach to do it. So you’d get there and it’d be like, uhh, who’s that guy?

MICROPHONE: (random feedback)



LSC GUY: Let’s open up the panel to questions!

MIT STUDENT: Physics question!

EF: Physics answer!

DL: Hahaha!

MALE MIT STUDENT: This question is for Doug Liman. How much effort do you put in trying to stay true to real-world science?

DL: I do a lot of research for my movies. Like I talked to a real world assassin when I was doing the Bourne movies. I try to still think of the science of my movies, you know, like, if Hayden’s sitting over here, and you teleport him, the air should like collapse in, so much so that there might be condensation created..

MT: Mmm. Yeah.

EF: Actually, I have a question for you guys (Liman and Hayden Christensen). What do you think we, as scientists, can do for Hollywood?

HC: Go see Jumper. And then, you know, get on it. Make it happen.

MALE MIT STUDENT 2: This question’s for Hayden – I was just wondering what you were expecting when you agreed to come talk to us at MIT tonight..


MALE MIT STUDENT 2: Like, were you expecting just normal kids, or did you think we’d be like (nerd voice) “huhhh, flux capacitors”?


HC: Uhh.. I guess I wasn’t expecting you guys to be such a lively group.. but ah, no.. this is cool.

OTHER MIT STUDENTS: Other various physics and/or film related questions!

PANEL: Other various physics and/or film related answers!

FEMALE MIT STUDENT: This question is for Hayden. My best friend is recently single; would you ever consider dating an MIT girl?

HC: Uh- yeahhhh- no- I…

LSC GUY: And that’s it for tonight! Make sure to come to our other LSC events coming up, like Hotel Rwanda this weekend co-hosted by MIT’s STAND..


HC: (head nod)

And that’s pretty much how it went. I didn’t get to talk to, touch, or even really see Hayden because I was in the back row, but here is a pretty good picture of the top of Hayden Christensen’s head that I rushed the stage for just for this blog entry.

Tomorrow, it’s back to Matlabbing and UROPing, but tonight, JUST FOR TONIGHT, I got to photograph the top of Hayden Christensen’s head. And also, learn the mechanics behind quantum teleportation. Not bad for a Wednesday night!

26 responses to “Hayden Christensen Comes to MIT, Looks Pretty”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice blog.

    Please can somebody give me some more deatail on Quantum Teleportation?
    I can’t really get the full picture.

  2. Akshay says:

    A very nice entry.
    I enjoyed the conversation the most. You made it really come alive and it was like I was there witnessing the event. And hey the MIT Professors ARE greater than Hayden Christensen.

  3. Libin Daniel says:

    Awesome, learning the new way. Every time MIT enchants me, a bit more. Thank you each and every bloggers. This is vicarious enjoyment…

  4. Tracy '11 says:

    Ahhh! My ponytail is in your last picture! And I got his autograph! And I’m still really excited about that!

  5. Melis says:

    For a profile shot of Hayden click here

    For a horrible picture of the otherwise really intelligent and funny director click here

    You did an incredible job with the transcript. It was just such a funny/ awkward/ amazingly cool event…

  6. Hyun Jin says:

    “you do some quantum thingy”
    XD That really clears things up. Thank you for another entertaining, yet informative entry.

  7. You know, you’d probably get a lot more hits on this post if the subject line mentioned that there were photos of B1 enclosed. I mean, you know that’s the only pictures anyone wants to see. Hayden Christensen. Pfft. He’s got nothing on Praveen’s freakishly long tongue and Angela Monster looking like she’s trying to sneak a bite out of Gurt’s sandwich.

    Not that you’ll understand this comment anyway.

  8. Rachel'12 says:

    MALE MIT STUDENT 2: Like, were you expecting just normal kids, or did you think we’d be like (nerd voice) “huhhh, flux capacitors”?

    ahh MIT. smile

  9. madmatt says:

    From today’s Boston Globe (there was a lot of press coverage!):

    The scientists and the stars

    In his new movie, “Jumper,” Hayden Christensen plays a man who can teleport himself anywhere in the world. But yesterday the movie star had to opt for more conventional transportation to make it to MIT, where he and “Jumper” director Doug Liman joined physicists Max Tegmark and Edward Farhi to talk about the sci-fi film. “If I could really be anywhere right now, I’d be at home,” said Christensen complaining about the cold despite being a native of Canada. Best known for his role in the “Star Wars” prequel pics, Christensen said he’s a fan of science fiction. “It’s all about the story for me, for sure,” the 26-year-old actor said. “But I’m big on the idea that sci-fi is the birthplace of what’s coming next.” Asked about his costar Rachel Bilson, who happens to be his current girlfriend, Christensen wouldn’t bite. “She’s really great,” he said smiling. “I’m a big fan of hers.” If last night’s event felt more like a tutorial than a movie premiere, that’s because it was. Only a few scenes of the film were shown, with most of the evening devoted to a discussion of the science of teleporting. “Don’t forget we’re professional scientists,” said Farhi. “So when we go to a movie we’re not too interested in evaluating the scientific accuracy of it.” Liman, who directed Matt Damon in the first “Bourne” film, said he was struck by the honesty of the “Jumper” script. “The ability to teleport, you’ve seen in a million movies, but here was an 18-year-old kid using it to rob banks that felt just so authentic to me,” said Liman. “Jumper,” which also costars Diane Lane and Samuel L. Jackson, opens Feb. 14.

  10. Christina says:

    I really wish I didn’t have to comment this:


    Also, thx for this entry, now I don’t feel so bad that I forgot to get a ticket. smile

  11. Sam says:

    OMG are you and hayden christensen dating??

    Your blogging is like sunshine.

  12. andy says:

    When does some one explain the light saber? haha. No, I already know, you make it with jedi crystals.

  13. Zaira '11 says:

    At least you got to see the Darth Vader of our generation. I was too busy finishing my 18.02A and 8.01L psets… argh

  14. Aditi says:

    “LSC GUY: Talking about the physics of teleportation tonight – Professor Edward Farhi!

    AUDIENCE: WOO!!! (more cheering and applause than for HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN)”

    i bet that happens only at MIT

    and Jess that is one amazing picture of the top of hayden’s head! i love it! (the picture and the head raspberry )

  15. Jayne says:

    Hayden’s with Rachel Bilson :(:(

  16. Kes says:

    omg please tell me Praveen was photoshopped?

  17. amrita says:


  18. Paul says:

    So wait. According to the director, the fact that 18-year-olds will readily use their unique abilities to rob banks is a mark of honesty? Don’t get me wrong, I sort of see where he’s coming from – but, at the same time, it just makes me go, “…please, think about what you actually said.”

  19. Hawkins says:

    @Paul – I’m with you, people need to think before they speak. It wouldn’t be “honest” if characters actually used thier unique abilities to help other people?

    @Jess – This event sounds pretty cool, but I think HC should have been asking for YOUR autograph. =)

  20. Piper says:

    I’ve never been to an LSC movie before. This must change..

  21. Farhad says:

    Wow! How often does Max Tegmark give talks and lectures and stuff like that that undergraduates can attend???

  22. Cathy says:

    jess kim = hot.
    hayden christianson = hot.

    they should get together and make some (hot)^2 babies.

    oo, and p.s. y’all spell “gert” wrong.

  23. Caroline says:

    This was way better than actually being there would have been. (I wanted to go. I got a ticket. But noooooooo, I was one of the 50-odd kids left out in the cold with a ticket but no entry because apparently LSC can’t count!!!!!!)

  24. You missed the part where some random guy asked (on behalf of some random girls) HC out to a party on Beacon St.

    Think he went? wink

  25. Judy says: way!!! Wow, quick, kidnap him!!! lolz, jk

  26. gigga says:

    OMG praveen–you’ve exposed Frederique(spelling?) in a big way!!!