Jake Lloyd Update; Statement from Family

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Jake Lloyd Update; Statement from Family

Jake Lloyd was only six years old at the time he auditioned for the role of “Anakin Skywalker” in the Star Wars prequel film “The Phantom Menace”. Although the movie was a box office success and revitalized the franchise for decades to come, young Jake Lloyd would face a short acting career and a long history of bullying and unnecessary criticism. Much like Ahmed Best (who was almost bullied to suicide after he played Jar Jar Binks), Star Wars fans were not especially kind to the child actor, despite his best intentions and warm interactions with them.

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina for reckless driving, driving without a license in his possession, and resisting arrest; he failed to stop for a red light, which initiated a high-speed police chase. He was released to a nearby psychiatric facility, with schizophrenia listed as the reason.

Tragedy struck their family when his younger sister, Madison, died peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2018 at the age of 26. Lisa Lloyd, Jake’s mother, described it as “shattering” to both her and Jake.

 

Manfred Baumann 2011

Photo credit: Manfred Baumann 2011

Since then, it’s been all quiet for the young man. He has been living a peaceful life and has been focusing on himself a great deal. I spoke to his mother, Lisa Lloyd, at length about how he is doing. As an author’s note, I have had the pleasure of interacting with Jake Lloyd on several occasions and found him to be a brilliant mind and a hilarious sense of humor. He filled in for me as a host on my podcast once, where he spoke directly to the fans and also put to rest the rumor that he hated Star Wars.

The following statement is approved for release by his mother, who is tirelessly working with him.

 

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill. Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.”

 

Sadly, Star Wars actors and actresses continue to face harsh words from Keyboard Kowards who delight in tearing down what we should be celebrating. These “people” should take a long look into the mirror and realize that words have consequences and there is nothing clever in what they do. Jake Lloyd’s heroic fight has persisted since he walked onto tens of thousands of screens in 1999. I, for one, will be rooting for him (and others like him) to live the normal life he, and his family, deserve.

 

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83 responses to Jake Lloyd Update; Statement from Family

  1. Marvin Eberhart January 29th, 2020 at 2:32 am

    That’s is awesome that he is doing well. He a person like everyone and the stuff he is struggling with could happen to anyone. God bless him.

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    • Javier Rodriguez January 29th, 2020 at 5:07 am

      Mis mejores deseos amigo. Espero que el futuro te tengo sorpresas y experiencias positivas.

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    • Anne Clothier January 29th, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Sending good will message s and hugs to him hope he will feel better soon.

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  2. Theresa January 29th, 2020 at 2:34 am

    I’m never amazed at people’s behavior. We see it in the news every day. Unfortunately being a celebrity attracts the worst kind. Every Christmas our family watches Jingle all the Way as our holiday movie. Please give our blessings to Jake and his family.

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    • Janice January 29th, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Theresa, I also watch Jingle all the way every Christmas. This is a very funny movie 🍿 we pop our corn, get our favorite candy and soda ready.

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    • Sheena January 29th, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      Sending love and prayers for Jake and his family, may God continue to bless you and watch over you all I wish them nothing but happiness

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  3. Vicki Redding January 29th, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Such a beautiful child.Great acting skills! I hope you do well in what ever in life you choose for yourself.

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  4. roman bova January 29th, 2020 at 2:53 am

    God bless him and his family. I enjoyed him as Anakin and the movie. I struggle with a deep depression which is a horribly empty life and Star Wars has been a medicine for me and I have met many of the actors and actresses. Prayers for Jake indeed and thanks to him for his part in Star Wars

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    • Attila January 30th, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Hey dude! Keep it up! You should come back acting! You did well in EP1 and your skills must improved a lot since because of your life experience. Look at Sylvester Stallone, he was a horrible actor and as he aged he got more and more better. F*ck the bullies and all that sh*t people! You got the worst of them but are they the part of the greatest story of all time? They are nothing. You are Anakin Skywalker!

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      • Jerusa Ramos January 30th, 2020 at 6:56 pm

        Completely agree!!! Never ceases to amaze me how cruel and stupid people can be guided by jealousy…Trashing a kid??? I’m on board: they are nobody and they can never ever take away that you are Anakin Skywalker forever!!! Hope you feel better, you were a star at only 6, and you still are!!!

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  5. James Morrison January 29th, 2020 at 2:59 am

    I met Jake at a convention in Toronto many years ago, 2007 I believe. The brief encounter was pleasant and I was thankful to have met a Star Wars icon. Jake I wish you well. Nobody deserves to be attacked for their excellent efforts to please Star Wars fans. It seems some so called fans just don’t get it.

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  6. Joe Haight January 29th, 2020 at 3:15 am

    Sadly too many people/fans are not only harsh, but just plain mean. I am truly sorry for his diagnosis, and the way he has been treated. May the next year be one of health and healing for Jake and the entire Lloyd family.

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  7. Todd Duquette January 29th, 2020 at 3:19 am

    I for one am a true fan of your Lil Vader my friend. A fantastic job and series of movies. I am a true Star Wars fan, love it all and have both of your action figures! Slave, I mean person hero and Padawan. Best of wishes in your life lil brother.

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  8. Sean B. January 29th, 2020 at 3:27 am

    True Star Wars fans know what Jake contributed to The Force, and he’ll always be Anakin to us. Please convey to him that there are those who appreciate him,and please ask him not to listen to the toxic trash that infest our wonderful fandom. I sincerely hope he finds the strength to calm his spirit.

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  9. Charles Harding January 29th, 2020 at 3:29 am

    We are one! Star Wars community is one! Regardless if you are a “fly by night” fan, hard core fan, or even a casual fan! We are all one! Anyone involved with Star Wars movies is part of the family! Jake Lloyd is part of that family! It would be awesome to have him at Star Wars Celebrations so fans can embrace him for his contribution! THIS IS THE WAY!

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  10. Daniel Scouten January 29th, 2020 at 3:32 am

    I enjoyed the episode 1 movie overall. Jake did a great job and I hope he is proud of his accomplishments. I wish him and his family all the best.

    I was impressed recently while watching a documentary about how much competition there was for the role as young Anakin.

    All the best and glad to hear he is doing better.

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  11. Stef January 29th, 2020 at 4:01 am

    I too suffer from a mental illness – that’s a daily and eternal battle in of itself so to add his loss and the despicable backlash from the world after his performance into the mix is a hell I can only begin to imagine but one I am glad he has everlasting support from his family and fans to help him overcome and succeed. Good luck to you Jake – The Anakin that showed how pure and genuine he was, a reflection of yourself. May the force be with you!

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  12. Troy Stiffler January 29th, 2020 at 4:22 am

    I am happy to hear that he is improving. I still enjoy watching him in “Jingle All the Way” as well as “Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace”. May the Force be with you in your day to day life bro!

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  13. John January 29th, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I am glad he is doing well and if I had known he was in South Carolina I would have pitched in to help him in any way I could. I wish I could meet him and let him know not all supposed fans are jerks hiding behind a keyboard. I actually like him as a young Anakin

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  14. K. Poe January 29th, 2020 at 5:09 am

    I loved those films too but they’re not worth ruining anyone’s life. Grow up folks. Good juju to Jake and his family and I hope his path becomes easier soon. Wishing you all peace.

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  15. Dax Bradley January 29th, 2020 at 5:20 am

    I’m glad he is closer to his family and working to continue improving his emotional and psychological health, no doubt which was compounded by 35-year-old virgins living in their mothers’ basements bullying him on the Internet.

    He was a child, and an actor doing exactly what he was directed to do. He was actually a good actor for such a young person, just had a bad part. He was really good in “Jingle All the Way”, which came out first.

    I hope he makes a full recovery and continues to enjoy life.

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  16. Elijah Phillips January 29th, 2020 at 5:27 am

    I’ve often wondered what happened to Jake. I feel the fans were horrible to him and Ahmed Best. I’m happy to see Jake is doing well, and taking care of himself. That’s all that matters!

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  17. James Betteridge January 29th, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Jake never deserved any of the grief he got. He did a fine job doing the job he was hired to do. Sending him and his family all the best wishes and good vibes. Keep up the fight Jake!!!

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  18. Thomas Solorzano January 29th, 2020 at 6:52 am

    be well Jake you are loved.

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  19. Shamim January 29th, 2020 at 7:22 am

    I met Jake at big wow comic fest 4/19/15 he was one amazing person it was an honor meeting him. He was generous kind and one of kind he’s my childhood hero. And so glad He’s doing well Get well soon
    Thank you for being you and also thank you for your time and also thank you for signing all my things for me I really appreciate it

    god bless

    your friend
    Shamim dana

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  20. Brendan January 29th, 2020 at 7:36 am

    I’ll always appreciate Jake for his contribution, not only to Star Wars but to other films that I thoroughly enjoy every year. As far as I’m concerned, he did an amazing job as Anakin in Star Wars and Jamie in Jingle All The Way.

    Thank You Jake

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  21. Nick Glithero January 29th, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I must have seen TPM three times at the movies and many times since. Jake nailed the role of Anakin! Lucas etc made the right choice. He would have made a good teenage jedi but too young to cast I guess. Best of luck mate, and thanks heaps.

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  22. Christopher Pappas January 29th, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Jake, I hope you are feeling better and better each day. I am a fan of yours and I’m sorry that you are going through this tough time in your life. Keep your head up,ignore the negative.

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  23. Yannick January 29th, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I never understand why there was so much criticism regarding his performance. Every time I watch the movie I think he made a solid young Anakin. And it probably wasn’t easy with so much green screen and post production.
    I think that “Star Wars fans” are globally pleased with him, but there is a toxic Star Wars fandom that makes the whole fandom look bad.

    And it is even more sad when it does so much damage to some people life.

    Best wishes to the Lloyd family.

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  24. Scott Tyring January 29th, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    The Phantom Menace is a wonderful film. I’ve always loved it, especially because of Jake Lloyd’s performance as Anakin Skywalker. Prayers for continued healing ans strength.

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    • Jen Lee January 30th, 2020 at 4:02 am

      I wish you well Jake and hope you will find a way back to happiness and peace. I suffer from mental illiness as well and was always bullied from a young age. Life isn’t easy for sure but it’s better with people you care for and who care for you. We all support and are by your side. You are care about. Praying for strength and peace. May the force be with you always. Take care

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  25. Jose San Miguel January 29th, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Why are people so rude to these actors for acting. They did not created the part they played the writers did they are just acting.

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  26. John A Bacon January 29th, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    So glad to hear that Jake is doing better. I am a huge Star Wars geek and was teased all through my childhood. I completely understand what he was going through. I loved the Phantom Menace and enjoyed Jake’s acting in the film.

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  27. Scott Fensterer January 29th, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    So sorry to hear what he and his family have gone through… nobody will ever know the struggles he went through being so young in a blockbuster film, not to mention the other film work under his belt! I am an adult, and my exposure with much of the Hollyweird system had such negativity and he had to deal with that as a young kid! Could you imagine?

    I particularly enjoyed him in “Jingle all the Way”, but even that aside, he is first and foremost a human being and he is suffering along with the rest of his family. I really hope he can turn this into a positive (as much as possible given the situation) with the help of his family and come out the other side happier and healthier than ever! Best wishes to him!

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  28. Jonathan Randle January 29th, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Sending best wishes to Jake and family, we all love star wars and whether you like the prequels and sequels or not, fans have got way too personal, abusive and downright nasty about these movies, and this is a result, in all walks of life people can be so damn cruel, what a horrible world it can be….

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  29. Rene January 29th, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Jake,
    It’s sad to hear fans would treat actors this way! Only negative comments register, and it should not be that way. I enjoyed prequels and your acting. Best wishes on your recovery, will be thinking of you! Nothing worth doing is easy.
    Best always,
    RC

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  30. Charlie Ramirez January 29th, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Jake! Wishing you all the best and happiness.You have millions of supporters and look forward to hearing you doing better! Take care!

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  31. Santiago January 29th, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Siempre le recordaremos como el ingenioso, intrepido y sorprendente Anakin Skilwarker.

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  33. Kelly Dwyer January 29th, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Please pass on to him that we are a Star Wars household here and often speak of him with warm and appreciation. We regard him as part of our family and always are glad to hear of him, and hope for nothing but the best. He’s a handsome young man and we are sure he has inner strength to understand the negative voices are not part of his life, but just fear and jealousy. He has many champions. And thank you for giving us this news

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  34. Janice January 29th, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Hey lil cousin, glad your doing good. You did a fantastic job in Jingle All the Way.Jake I’m not a Sky Wars fan,however I’ve heard what a fantastic job you did as young skywalker. Glad your close to your family, that always helps our well being. Hang in there Lil Cuz.

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  35. Tracy January 29th, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Jake,
    You are a joy to be around. When I met you many years ago you were filled with love and light and I hope you find your way back to that!

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  36. Christian Fleming January 29th, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Jake is AWESOME as young Anakin!!! I loved him from the get go. I’m so glad that Lucas’s picked him to play Anakin! All these disrespectful cowards online should be ashamed of themselves!!!! And take a L O N G hard look at their pathetic lives!!!! Thank you Jake and May the Force be with you!!!

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  37. Andrew January 29th, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Always love his SW role and his acting.

    We’re with you Jake – keep up the good fight and entertaining. The world needs more of that and you in it so don’t let the bastards out there get you down.

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  38. Simon January 30th, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Wow I’m totally touched by reading this article about jake and his family. I had no idea of his pain and suffering. I would love him to be at a star wars celebration where I’m sure all fans would, as he was the best actor in the phantom menace and made that movie so enjoyable!. Love from the UK…

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  39. Johann Popper January 30th, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Mr. Gremillion, please, I really think you need to do more research on Schizophrenia syndrome in order to stop spreading Hollywood misinformation that dates back to pre-scientific 19th century speculation and superstition. It’s not caused by bullying….

    Schizophrenia is NOT caused by trauma. There is no such thing as a “mental” realm in nature. It is a severe brain disease that is randomly visited upon people just like MS or Parkinson’s. It’s not the victims’ fault or due to things that happen to you. It’s physical damage to the prefrontal cortex at the cellular level. Anosognosia is caused specifically by damage to the amygdala. Please please get informed and do your job as a journalist. Please. 6 million American victims alone desperately need brain healthcare, and pretending Schizophrenia isn’t a brain disease doesn’t do anything to prevent the immense suffering and violence. It just saves insurance companies money.

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    • David Gremillion January 30th, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Johann, I re-read the article a couple of times to be sure I didn’t miss something, but I did my research prior to writing this. At no point did I make the connection from being bullied to his Schizophrenia.

      This article is an update on his health and well-being.

      True, I did take an editorial slant at the end against bullying, but I didn’t state that it caused his current condition. I’m just not a fan of bullying.

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      • anonymous fan January 31st, 2020 at 1:36 am

        best wishes to Jake and family for good health and happiness. I send these positive feelings as a star wars fan since 1977, but also as a fellow human being whose family has been struggled with mental health. You are not alone dude.

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    • Lisa Lloyd January 30th, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      I don’t believe David said or even implied Jake’s schizophrenia was caused by Jake’s acting. He understands it is a medical condition that is believed to have a genetic factor. Jake would have been schizophrenic whether or not he had been an actor or anything else for that matter. I appreciate you being an advocate, but please do not tear down those who are trying to help by spreading other people’s stories who have mental illnesses.

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  40. Tim January 30th, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Hi Jake. I wasn’t aware of your condition. Hope things have improved and wish you all the best. Hope to see you in t.v.or the movies again. Take Care and May the Force be with you.

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  41. Alex January 30th, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Went to high school with Jake back in Carmel. Had the honor of speaking with him several times in school, as well as working the offices and bringing him his “get out of school pass” to go to premiers for “Madison”, the boat racing moviem.

    Jake is a truly awesome person and I hope to reconnect with him sometime. Some of us still remember who Jake was and the kind hearted soul he has always been.

    Wish you the very best my friend. You got this, and others have your back. Never give up!

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  42. Morgan Morleigh Major January 30th, 2020 at 2:12 am

    I endure mental illness as well, and I fight the battle every day to live a full life. I feel for Jake, and I will forever remain his fan.

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  43. Neal Grasso January 30th, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Thank you for this kind article. Jake, you are a lucky person to have such a loving family and supportive friends. I am sorry for your loss and I wish you all the best! Peace my friend and may the force be with you!

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  44. Andrew Eblen January 30th, 2020 at 3:30 am

    I’m really sorry to hear about how hard Jake Lloyd has had it. If I ever meet him in person I will definitely give him a hug. May the force be with Jake Lloyd and his family!

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  45. What's Happening with Star Wars Actor Jake Lloyd? Family Offers Health Update • Movie News January 30th, 2020 at 3:53 am

    […] Lloyd may be several years removed from the Hollywood spotlight, but for many Star Wars fans, he’ll always have a special place as the young Anakin Skywalker. It’s certainly nice to get some good news with this latest update on his progress, and I offer the best of luck to Lloyd as he continues on his path towards recovery. This news comes to us from Geek News Now. […]

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  46. Joe Hergenroeder January 30th, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Jake,
    Stay strong and continue to remain positive. The loss of a loved one is never easy. It’s a daily fight that you have to try to win every day. You have brought a great deal of happiness to millions of your supporters through your contributions in the Star Wars Saga. Stay strong and remember, you are never out of the fight!

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  47. Andreia Legendre January 30th, 2020 at 5:45 am

    You will always be that happy boy in the desert, star in the eye.
    Stay strong and happy, be well.
    Best wishes to all family.

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  48. Mark Charke January 30th, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Jake, you are part of the Star Wars family, an important part. Thank you for playing a role in Star Wars. I wish you the best with the troubles you are struggling with. You played an important role in my life. I always liked your portrayal of Anakin. I wish I could repay you for adding to my favorite stories.

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  49. Lynda January 30th, 2020 at 6:57 am

    My family and I always loved Jake Lloyd as Anakin, to the point that my Nan and Aunt Janet would watch the Phantom Menace and get upset “that beautiful boy” becomes Darth Vader. It breaks my heart to know he lost his sister, but I’m glad that he has the support and love of his family around him. I wish him all the best.

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  50. Flo January 30th, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Hi Jake!
    Don´t listen to those people. Real fans love they way you played young Anakin. I always wondering how it is for children to play such roles and you have my deepest respect.
    I wish you all the best. Best wishes from Germany

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  51. Chris January 30th, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I was under the impression that Jake was bullied by school mates, not necessarily Star Wars fans? Besides that, as a Star Wars fan, I wish the best for Jake and hope his life gets easier. It can not be easy with everything he is dealing with.

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  52. mayumi January 30th, 2020 at 9:39 am

    私は日本人です。
    あなたの映画作品を見てファンになりました。
    そして私の小さな子供たちもあなたの映画が大好きです。
    私の子供たちにとってあなたはヒーローです。
    だから、あなたに嫌なことをした人達が許せません。
    何年経っても、あなたの演技に勇気をもらう子供たちがたくさんいます。

    あなたの人生が平和で愛に満ちていますように祈ります。

    私たちはあなたが大好きです。

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  53. Julie Costelloe January 30th, 2020 at 10:00 am

    I was so sorry to find out you, Jake, have had a rough time. Just remember, you are much loved by your family, friends, and true fans. God bless you now, always and forever.

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  54. mewkey tay January 30th, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I had to say this… young ani was the greatest and I still watch and learn from those movies. Jake you gotta find your inner happiness your inner self. do what makes you tick man.

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  55. Erkan Boğan January 30th, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Jake Lloyd did a really good job bringing young Anakin Skywalker to life and portraying him.

    I was never a critic of the Prequels. I was a Prequel-Defender, because I was 15 when I saw Star Wars Episode 1 together with my sister and Umut Özmızrak in the Theaters; So I grew up watching them in the Theater and again on TV.

    Fuck the bullies, they destroyed a life. They are by no means «real Star Wars Fans». They are simply scum.

    BTW: I first saw the original Trilogy in 1989, when I was 5 years old (born on 1984). So I «only» had to wait ten years too see the Prequels,came not sixteen as the older people, who saw the originals between 1977 and 1983 I the Theaters.

    Yours sincerely
    Erkan Boğan

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  56. Erkan Boğan January 30th, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Jake Lloyd did a really good job bringing young Anakin Skywalker to life and portraying him.

    I was never a critic of the Prequels. I was a Prequel-Defender, because I was 15 when I saw Star Wars Episode 1 together with my sister and Umut Özmızrak in the Theaters; So I grew up watching them in the Theater and again on TV.

    Fuck the bullies, they destroyed a life. They are by no means «real Star Wars Fans». They are simply scum.

    BTW: I first saw the original Trilogy in 1989, when I was 5 years old (born on 1984). So I «only» had to wait ten years too see the Prequels,and not sixteen as the older people, who saw the originals between 1977 and 1983 in the Theaters.

    Yours sincerely
    Erkan Boğan

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  57. Robert January 30th, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Jake dont ever let the posers who claim to love Star Wars get to you. The ones that try to attack you with words:
    1. Are cowards.
    2. Are jealous you got to play the biggest badass of the galaxy!

    It would have been great to have seen you play a different character in Rise of Skywalker.

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  58. james stanier January 30th, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    don’t let the haters get you down, you did a great job as a young actor and you should be proud of your self to take all that pressure and provide entertainment to all star war fans

    take care and be positive

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  59. Leigh January 30th, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Phantom Menace is, was, and always will be my favorite Star Wars movie. Seeing young Anakin living his dream, taking his podracer out, beating the pants off Sebulba, and setting out on his first space flight. Makes my heart soar. Love you Jake. May the Force be with you. <3

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  60. Erik Hollender January 30th, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I didn’t know he had it so hard. I always loved the prequels; he was excellent in the first movie. Critiquing people can be jerks. I deal with psychiatic issues too. Best wishes! Take care

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  61. Gunnar January 30th, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    I always thought his role didn’t fit the movie, but then again I cant say I think the movie was more than adequate.

    All this said, I am very impressed of Jake Loyd to carry so much of the movie. If anyone dropped the ball here, its George Lucas. The movie is not bad, and its fantastically made, though the script isn’t what I believe it should be, and the language is way to stiff. All this said. Jack Loyd does NOT deserve to be bullied. He delivered a high end performance that many adult actors are incapable off, and he was so young at the time. This movie should have been a start of a great career for him.

    I’m angry at all the trolls that have bullied him online. I do wish him well, and hope that he will be well, it’s a tragedy to loose ones sister so young. I would be devastated if I lost any of mine two sisters.

    To all trolls, grow up, and move out of your parents basement.

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  62. Sean P. Ireland January 30th, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    I have to say that I am saddened by the treatment of several actors who have been in Star Wars movies. I enjoyed Jake’s performance both in Phantom Menace and in Jingle All the Way. Also, have to say that I am jealous. He got to act with actors like Liam Neeson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I want to say this to Jake, if it can get to him: Please do not think that we all share the hatred that some have shown you. There are many of us in the fandom that appreciate what you did and how you stepped up to be Anakin Skywalker. You have done well, and you are good.

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  63. Catrina Craft January 30th, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Wish you all the best young man. I thought the movie was great, and the kids loved it. Good Luck in your healing.

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  64. Chris January 30th, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Those that can do.
    Those that can’t ridicule.
    you did and have.
    well done
    BRILLIANT acting

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  65. M Broadbent January 30th, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Jake, we wish you the very best in getting through this difficult disease. You always were the best entertainer in our family,
    Mary clare & George

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  66. Ted Chase II January 30th, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Hi,Jake.

    Keep doing great. I loved you in Star Wars and in jingle all the way. Which I watch every year. Even if you don’t want to act anymore that’s fine. You need you time. Keep it up.

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  67. Vince Messina January 31st, 2020 at 2:28 am

    *** When the Star Wars franchise started making movies again, and “The Phantom Menace” was released in 1999, not only was I happy that one of my favorite science-fiction franchises was back on the big screen, but I was completely happy with the movie itself, the story and the performances of all actors in the film. Jake Lloyd’s performance was absolutely brilliant. I could not imagine anyone else playing the role of young Anakin Skywalker.
    *** I am a Star Wars fan for life because of everyone involved in the making of every Star Wars movie, and that includes Jake Lloyd. Thanks for your awesome work in the film.

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  68. Yassar Canchola January 31st, 2020 at 6:58 am

    My prayers are with you and your family. Keep fighting the good fight, my man. Thank you for providing joy to millions, including myself.

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  69. Paul Lund January 31st, 2020 at 7:29 am

    I find it incomprehensible that such a fine actor should have been subjected to such ridicule. His outstanding ability and incredible talent are undeniable in every part he has done. I hope he will take heart in our encouragement and know that we hope to see him continue performing. God bless and take care!

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  70. Brian January 31st, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Jake.

    When your mind clears and you’re able to read all these comments, rest assured that you have a legion of loving and hopefully supporters rooting for you.

    So much love and hugs to you and your family.

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  71. Amanda Grace January 31st, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    My 11 year old son suffers from mental illness. My heart goes out to both of you! It is not easy. But what is the hardest to me, is that he cannot control his behaviors sometimes, amd yet the people that bully him can. They are making the choice to behave this way. My son has found much comfort in Star Wars. And I have shared with him that Anakin has a mental illness as well. He looks up to you now. You are his hero. Please, focus on the good you are doing. By sharing your story, you make people feel less alone. Thank you! I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but it feels so good to see I am not alone as well, mom. You know how isolated it is to be the mom of someone who struggles. But, we will never stop fighting for our children. Thank you both!

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  72. Courtland S February 1st, 2020 at 2:46 am

    People are moronic and demonstrate it behind keyboards. And attacking children is unfathomable. Jake deserves peace and support, esp6in light of the two tragedies he faced/faces. I pray for that peace and happiness to him.

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  73. Terri February 5th, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I never saw or heard ANY fans bash Jake. Back then we only had the Star Wars main site forums & theforce forums to discuss it on. No social media. I did see Media and critics do it though, to the point that Ron Howard stepped in. It wasn’t until Red Letter Media stepped in with a negative review that I saw any large number of people bash the prequels at all.

    🙁 I remember reading he was bullied in school (tragic but not uncommon – and it shouldn’t BE common)

    I genuinely hope he gets better. I think he did a great job of Anakin & I enjoyed Jingle All the Way too. I am really sorry to hear about his sister!

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