PT Jake Lloyd: Star Wars made my life "a living hell"

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  1. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Hayden christensen is 1000x better than Jake lloyd. I hope they don't do anakin's ghost in Jedi as young anakin from TPM next. Mannequin skywalker was something from clerks movies.
  2. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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    I don't think its fair to say that he or his parents "should have thought about it more" before allowing him to be cast. Every one of us here would love to be in a Star Wars movie, especially in a role that big.
    Also, they had NO idea how much hate would spawn from the prequels. As far as they knew, everyone loved Star Wars and this would be film of the decade. And Jake's career would have soared if it had been received as well as the OT.
    All the blame lies with the fanboy haters and RLM for ruining a child's life!
  3. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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    And oh my GOD I want that six hour cut!!!!!
  4. LordMortis315 Jedi Grand Master

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    Didn't this turn out to be a load of horse$#!!?
  5. Mnhay27 Jedi Master

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    IMHO there's nothing wrong with Jake Lloyd's performance. Not every child actor can be a Haley Joel Osment just as not every adult actor can be a Alec Guiness. Nonetheless, Lloyd managed to convey a wide range of emotions in a mostly convincing manner. Simply put, he did a good job with what he was given. The problem is the script and directing. Many of the adult Star Wars actors have admitted to finding Lucas's dialogue difficult to say convincingly and it must have been doubly hard for a 10 year old. I seriously doubt that there are many kids who could have yelled "yippee" and asked "what are midi-chlorians?" etc with much more success than Lloyd. Also, I believe the fact that Lucas didn't write any darkness or edginess into the character is what has been at the core of many of the criticisms that are misdirected at Jake Lloyd.
  6. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Who thinks haley joel osment would have been a good young anakin actor?:D
  7. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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    Me!
  8. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Yeah. But how old was he the time that TPM was being filmed?
  9. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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    And anyone who thinks Jake Loyd was terrible - just imagine if it had been that kid from Two & A Half Men! :p
  10. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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    Older than Jake I believe
  11. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Yeah. Hayley joel osment kinda looks like hayden christensen too. Younger actor, older actor, played older and younger versions of a character.
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  12. Lord Tyrannus Jedi Master

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    Jake lloyd seemed so childlike and innocent and sweet! I liked him as young anakin.
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  13. Legacy Jedi Endordude Jedi Grand Master

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    Bet you any money 40 years from now he's going to have thousands of fans who grew up on the Prequels be telling him how awesome he was in TPM and asking him for autographs!
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  14. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

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  15. SaberJedi2 Force Ghost

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    Agreed. I really cannot understand the hatred towards him. I've tried looking at this objectively instead of a Star Wars fanatic and AS a Star Wars fanatic and I think he did an EXCELLENT job. Sure, there were a couple of lines that were WRITTEN poorly for him, but only a couple. I think he delivered his lines very well and I will defend his performance until the day I die.

    I'm very sorry that Star Wars made his life a living hell. Kids can be very mean. I hope he's doing well.
  16. Ichor_Razor Force Ghost

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    Yeah same here. He did his best and it wasn't all his fault. & so what if he wasn't perfect since who is, am I right?
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  17. TryWhistlingThis Jedi Grand Master

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    I really can't say I blame Jake for looking back at the Star Wars experience with some bitterness. Here's a young child who is most likely at the time was a big Star Wars fan like us. One day, he's told that not only would be be IN a Star Wars movie but he would play Luke Skywalker's Father as a young child. That really is every child's Christmas rolled into one. Then, once he's on set, he experiences the industry for all its good and bad points to which his spectacles become less rose tinted.

    In a way he kind of becomes the Bart Simpson "i didn't do it boy" where his friends at School see him as a hero for a particular moment or line spoken in the film, but for Jake, after long hours on set and having to endure long waits between takes, then novelty has worn off. From 1997/1998 and onwards, he has people constantly reminding him of his time in Star Wars, feedback that is both good and bad, internet memes, comedy sketches and sadly, some Star Wars fans who hated him.

    I'm sure Lucasfilm did a great job of taking care of him and at the time he definitely would have enjoyed it. But in the end, from what I can tell he was just exhausted of it by his mid teens. This is typical of many, though not all, child stars like Macaulay Culkin, Danny Bonaduce, Dana Plato and Michael Jackson where the constant pressure and exposure to fame on an extreme level can fatigue their passion for the work they do or be detrimental to their lifestyles.

    So when Jake expresses his candid views of Star Wars, despite living a childhood dream and there being some amazing positive moments during that period, like any sugar fix, it wears off.
  18. SaberJedi2 Force Ghost

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    I've heard him saying that high school was like a "prison". I don't want to imagine the ridicule he experienced in high school because of this role.

    The thing is, he was around 8 or 9 when the Phantom Menace was filmed? I'm sure he remembers some of the filming, but because it was at such a young age, how much could he actually remember of the shoot?
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  19. TryWhistlingThis Jedi Grand Master

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    I'd imagine a significant portion of it, i'd be surprised if he couldn't remember all of it. This was a life changing moment for him alongside being a childhood dream being realised. I remember most of my childhood, but I don't drink :D
  20. Darth_Kiryan Force Ghost

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    He shouldn't have been a kid, if anything. TPM through ROTS should have had him as a teenager all the way.
  21. SaberJedi2 Force Ghost

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    I have to disagree with that. Since George called Star Wars the tragedy of Darth Vader, I think we needed to see Anakin go from an innocent, altruistic child into the menace of the OT. I'm happy we saw the different stages of his life and how the story originated. I think Jake Lloyd played into that innocence extremely well, but he also made it believable that Anakin was somehow more advanced or that there was something special about him.
  22. WhiskeyGold Force Ghost

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    Me and my daughter meet him at Dragon Con a few years ago. He was a ass. My daughter was about 8 then and a big fan. I bought her a 8x10 to sign. He just signed. No eye contact with her. Just his name on it. Didnt even say hi. I asked if she could get a picture with him like most do and he said "no not at all". If their was a line or a time thing I understand. But there was no one waiting. He looked put off being there. And come on its a 8 year old girl with a broke leg. Came only to see him. 1 picture! I would have even paid. I took one Pic as he was signing her picture but I got a talking to with his PR or whoever. He was a total ass. That same time we meet Ray Park who signed her pic, her leg cast with out us asking and took a picture with her (and his PR took one for them to have).
  23. MagicSpork Force Ghost

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    I sense much anger in this one...
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  24. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

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    Forza Ray Park!

    When was that, anyway? I'm seeing some patterns emerging about the troubled adolescence of little Ani...

    (Which is maybe how you should have farewelled him, in the most high-pitched Jar-Jar impression of all time)

    I still feel sorry for the poor bastard. Totally different situation to the typical 'child star'. He never became a star. He got his big break, it led to nothing but being the brunt of fanboy hatred and relentless mockery from his peers. Other child stars would, no doubt, cop a bit of stick here & there, but nowhere near as much, for anywhere near as long, and they had a bit of a career afterwards.
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  25. -NaTaLie- Force Ghost

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    His parents should have done something about it, like finding a private school where such things are not allowed or even homeschooling. Surely they got enough money from Lucasfilm to afford it?
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