Anakin Skywalker child star: 'Star Wars fame turned my life into a living hell'

Mar 5th, 2012
Jake then, Jake now. Image: Getty
Mar 5th, 2012

Remember that cute little bowl-haired kid who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace? Well, it seems the force hasn't been with a now 22-year-old Jake Lloyd, who has spoken out about how Star Wars ruined his childhood.

Lloyd, who was only eight years old when he filmed George Lucas's prequel in 1997, quit acting after being bullied by children at school.

"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."

"My entire school life was really a living hell — and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day."

Lloyd is now an aspiring filmmaker, and makes the odd appearance at sci-fi conventions. But the ex-actor has destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia, and doesn't like watching the movie anymore because "it now would be kind of creepy".

He has previously spoken of how he felt let down by Lucas.

"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," he told ScifiTV last year.

The Phantom Menace was recently re-released in cinemas in 3D, and is often cited as the weakest film of the series (watch the trailer below).

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