Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jake “Anakin” Lloyd opened up about his decision to quit the film industry after his role in the critically-panned Star Wars: The Phantom Menac. He said this,
“Other children were really mean to me. ‘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. I’ve learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me.”
“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.”
As a young actor, I’m quite shocked by this. Surely appearing in a Star Wars movie would’ve made you the most popular kid in school, and it would have catapulted him to being a super-star. Still, you can’t help but feel sympathy for the guy. As I stated before, Star Wars was supposed to be his breakout role but instead it was quite the opposite.