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Post Posted: March 6th 2012 8:00 pm
 
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HE PLAYED an iconic role in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.
Jake Lloyd had the world at his feet and should have been the envy of every child in the world after playing Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace when he was eight years old. Instead, the Star Wars actor quit the film industry after his childhood was turned into a "living hell". The 22-year-old became so haunted by the movie he vowed never to act again and he has stayed true to his word. "Other children were really mean to me," he said."They would make the sound of the light saber every time they saw me. It was totally mad." Jake recalls how busy his young life became and at one point he was doing around 60 interviews a day. "My entire school life was really a living hell - and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day." Lloyd felt so much anger towards the George Lucas directed film that he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia, and only reprised his role as Anakin for five video games. The youngster decided to take early retirement from acting as he was no longer able to fit in at school. "i've learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me," he told a magazine.
Jake, whose mother is an entertainment agent, admitted in an interview Scifitv.com that he doesn't like watching the film anymore and he blames George Lucas for that. "When you have something like that there's a lot of expectations for it to meet the standards of the public and I don't think George did that. "For me to go back and watch it now would be kind of creepy."


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Post Posted: March 6th 2012 8:18 pm
 
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Boo-fucking hoo.

Jake Lloyd actually called me once from comic con in Toronto, on my birthday, because a friend of mine saw him there (odd place to be for a guy who alleges to "hate the industry" and Star Wars in particular). He certainly didn't sound like the embittered soul from this article.


Post Posted: March 7th 2012 8:15 am
 
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Hopefully he also blames George for the royalties payments he's receiving for the rest of his lilfe.


Post Posted: March 7th 2012 1:57 pm
 

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Not only that, but the guy does Star Wars Weekends, Conventions and is even appearing at the TPM 3D premiere in Japan later this month. I think the article is a load of shit personally.


Post Posted: March 9th 2012 7:33 pm
 

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<<Cough...COUGH...coughcough...>> Shittiest UK tabloid rag on the stand...isolated, out of context quotes....Sorry, were you guys saying something?


Although, I don't have ANY trouble at all believing that being in TPM, given it's and specifically HIS reception made his life a fucking hell when he was a pre-teen. Kids can be utter bastards, and that's just from what I've seen about kids I went to school with and later worked with who were on goddamn Degrassi...kids are shits.


Post Posted: March 10th 2012 5:14 am
 
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Inv8r wrote:
<<Cough...COUGH...coughcough...>> Shittiest UK tabloid rag on the stand...isolated, out of context quotes....Sorry, were you guys saying something?


This.

Here's the real interview.

And here's a more recent one.


Post Posted: March 11th 2012 3:14 pm
 

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and here's an update from Jake's facebook page:

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The Sun is claiming I gave them an interview recently that I did not. The quotes in the article do not accurately reflect my feelings for the time I spent on Star Wars or the time I spent in high school. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Star Wars family and always have.


Post Posted: March 13th 2012 6:49 pm
 
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I can imagine there would be some "dificulties" growing up with that behind you. His performance, the role, the dialogue and direction he was given, and the films overall cold reception (Jar Jar) would have snowballed into a mess on anyone. I wouldn't blame him if he did feel a tad angsty about it all.

Hell, the whole thing has grown on me. His moderately annoying performance has become young Anakin to me, and I have just accepted it and moved on.

But I aint him. I would have gone all premature darkside on the kids at school. What a waste of midichlorians, this guy.


Post Posted: March 13th 2012 8:41 pm
 
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TroyObliX wrote:

Hell, the whole thing has grown on me. His moderately annoying performance has become young Anakin to me, and I have just accepted it and moved on...



Same here. Actually, it grew on me back in 1999. I got sick of jerk off fan geeks ripping it apart, so I ignored it for several years and watched it for the first time in ages when the Blu Ray came out, and thought it was great fun. There are some narrative and editing problems that I think could have been changed or tightened up a bit, but who cares? It's fine as the overture to the space opera.

The fact that the theatrical re-release didn't do too poorly and the Blu Ray set is still selling makes me see this new attempt at throwing more sand in its face as dubious at best.


Post Posted: November 24th 2012 8:29 pm
 

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Coming late to this but I'm glad he has a good attitude about it. My attitude would be a bit different from his though. "I've worked with George Lucas and I was the lead in a Star Wars movie. So fuck you." Kids can be shits, I get that, but I don't see how that isn't an unstoppable comeback.


Post Posted: November 25th 2012 8:00 am
 
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He should have taken The Sun to court.


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