Jake Lloyd: prison, schizophrenia… the descent into hell of the young Star Wars actor, The Phantom Menace

On the occasion of the broadcast of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace this Monday, April 18 on TMC, Télé Star reviews the descent into hell of the young Jake Lloyd, interpreter of Anakin Skywalker…

I was 10 years old when it all started. In May 1999, Jake Lloyd, a young American actor from Colorado, rose to international fame playing Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menacethe first chapter of the prelogy Star Wars. But the dream was short lived. Overworked, constantly attacked by the press and the public and harassed by his classmates, the young actor ended his career two years after the film’s release. “My whole school life was hell”said in 2012 in the columns of the Daily mail. The other children were very mean to me. They rattled their lightsaber every time they saw me. he was completely crazy.”

And that was just the beginning of the misfortunes. In March 2015, Jake Lloyd, then 26, faced police for the first time after verbally and physically assaulting his mother, Lisa Riley. Questioned by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, she declines to file a complaint, explaining that her son suffers from schizophrenia. But a month later, on June 17, 2015, the actor was arrested in South Carolina for speeding, driving without a license, and contempt of an officer. Jailed for 10 months at the Colleton County Detention Center awaiting trial, he was eventually transferred to a psychiatric hospital due to his schizophrenia.

an impossible mourning

But while Jake Lloyd finally takes charge of his health, fate persists. On July 16, 2018, her 26-year-old younger sister, Madison Ellen Lloyd Broadbent, died of natural causes. The event definitively breaks the young man, who disappears once and for all from the radar…

Now 33 years old, the interpreter of Anakin Skywalker has found refuge with his family. “He moved with his family and we are working hard to help him with his illness. his mother revealed in a January 2020 statement, stating that in addition to his paranoid schizophrenia, Lloyd had anosognosia, a neuropsychological disorder that prevented him from being aware of his own illness. He continues to be a kind and caring person, and we hope he finds his zest for life again as soon as possible.“, he had concluded.

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