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Jake Lloyd :'Star Wars fame turned my life into a living hell'
Wheeljack35 - March 06, 2012

Former child star Jake 'Anakin Skywalker' Lloyd on why he quit acting

He played a role in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.

Jake Lloyd should have been the envy of every child in the world after playing Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace when he was eight years old.

Instead, he quit the film industry after his childhood

The full story can be read here

Source Mail Online

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Bespin refugee
5:36 am

Taking the movies as they are, I see Anakin's youth as a method to play up his innocence and the bond with his mother. With younglings taken years earlier, and someone Luke's age ready to leave; TPM's Anakin loses his mother, and his mentor, (not to mention, a girl he begins to have feel... read more 
2:29 am

Oh I agree completely...the same could be said about Hasbro de-militarizing G.I. Joe in recent years and watering it down for the kiddies. I was nine-years-old when RAH came out, and all that true-to-life "NATO and Warsaw Pact small-arms" talk on the uber-realistic file cards captured my l... read more 
1:42 am

[quote name='Devilbat' timestamp='1331257145' post='16749581'] I've often wondered if Lucas did it for his son. He's always citing personal reasons for the some of the things he does cinematically, so I think he made Episode I for his son, and a nine-year-old Anakin ... read more 
1:39 am

I've often wondered if Lucas did it for his son. He's always citing personal reasons for the some of the things he does cinematically, so I think he made Episode I for his son, and a nine-year-old Anakin would perhaps be a heroic character he could look up to and/or relate to maybe, since he... read more 
11:46 pm

[quote name='MikePrime' timestamp='1331098584' post='16749291'] And another reason why Anakin should have been older in Episode I. This is very unfortunate. My thought exactly.Typecast anyone?I don't know why Lucas went with a 9 year old for Anakin and not someone... read more 
Agent Adam
11:07 pm

Article may not be entirely true. He may have retired from acting, but he was in film school a couple of years ago when he did an interview on TPM tenth anniversary. The author may have inaccurately took "retired from acting" as retiring from the industry. Oh well. 
3:51 am

The pic that article has of Lloyd is hilarious. He looks quite ticked-off in it while signing an autograph. (lol) much as I love Episode I, there are times when Jake Lloyd's performance seems so fake and unnatural it's excruciating, then other times it seems okay, or at least ad... read more 
3:11 am

i found some of those other kids in the screentests to be less obnoxious 
2:05 am

Not that I want to be fair to George Lucas, but I think Jake's problems came from the fact that some kids can be assholes. 
1:58 am

It is a shame. He played a text-book Dickensian youth - obnoxiously precocious. It's not his fault Lucas can't write. 
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