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

On the occasion of the broadcast of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace this Monday, April 18th on TMC, Télé Star looks back on the descent of young Jake Lloyd, Anakin Skywalker’s interpreter, into Hell…

He 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 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menacethe first chapter of the prelogy war of stars. But the dream was short-lived. Overworked, constantly in the sights of the press and public, and harassed by his classmates, the young actor ended his career two years after the film’s release. “My whole school life was in hell”he said in 2012 in the columns of Daily Mail. The other kids were really mean to me. They made the lightsaber noise every time they saw me. It was completely insane.”

And that was just the beginning of the disaster. In March 2015, then 26-year-old Jake Lloyd first faced police after verbally and physically assaulting his mother, Lisa Riley. Questioned by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, she declined to press charges and explained that her son suffered from schizophrenia. But a month later, on June 17, 2015, the actor was arrested in South Carolina for speeding, driving without a license and disobeying an officer. He was held in the Colleton County Detention Center for 10 months and was eventually transferred to a psychiatric hospital for his schizophrenia.

An impossible grief

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

The 33-year-old Anakin Skywalker interpreter has taken refuge with his family. “He has moved in with his family and we are working hard to help him with his illness. his mother revealed in a statement in January 2020 that in addition to his paranoid schizophrenia, Lloyd suffered from anosognosia, a neuropsychological disorder that prevented him from becoming aware of his own illness. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope he finds his zest for life again as soon as possible.‘ she concluded.

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Jake Lloyd and George Lucas
Jake Lloyd and George Lucas on the set of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Liam Neeson, Jake Lloyd and Ewan McGregor in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999.

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Jake Lloyd and his mother Lisa.

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Little Jake Lloyd went through hell after his appearance in “Star Wars”.

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Jake Lloyd and George Lucas at the premiere of “Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in London.

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Jake Lloyd and Prince Charles at the premiere of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in London.

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Jake Lloyd

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