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For some child stars an early hit can be the doorway to a long and successful career. But all too often these young people lose their way and suffer a tremendous downfall once they reach adulthood. This is exactly what happened to the child star of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.
Jake Lloyd became famous when he played Anakin Skywalker in the blockbuster prequel "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" which hit theaters in the summer of 1999. It seemed like the start of a promising career for Lloyd, but unfortunately it wasn't to be. Today, the 27-year-old suffers from severe psychological problems which he attributes to his past as a child star caught in the spotlight.
This dashcam caught the whole chase on video...
After starring in The Phantom Menace, Lloyd was badly teased and bullied by his classmates at school. He also claims that at the time he was doing up to 60 interviews a day to promote the film, which left little time for him to do all the things that other kids his age usually do. "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," revealed Lloyd in a 2012 interview. Now he just wants to avoid anything that reminds him of Star Wars and forget the past.
Since then, Lloyd has retired from acting. But unfortunately he caught the attention of the media yet again when he ended up in a high-speed chase with police on June 17, 2015. During the pursuit he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into some trees.
Lloyd was charged with driving without a license, failure to stop, resisting arrest, and reckless driving. He was sentenced to jail and was serving time in a correctional facility until recently being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since then he's been moved to a psychiatric facility where he'll hopefully receive the treatment he needs.
Jake Lloyd's story is another tragic example of how dangerous fame can be and further proof that early success is no guarantee for a happy a life.
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