There are plenty of Star Wars fans out there who'd argue that the prequel trilogy—especially the mediocre Phantom Menace—ruined their love of the classic film series. But for the child star who played young Anakin Skywalker, The Phantom Menace apparently did a lot more damage than that.
Jake Lloyd, now 22, played the future Darth Vader in the first prequel film and says the experience was a "living hell" that pushed him away from acting for good.
While he was rushing around as a kiddo, trying to balance elementary school with dozens of media interviews per day, Lloyd said he felt alienated from all the other students around him. He eventually resented George Lucas so much that he destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia.
"Other children were really mean to me. They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad," he told the Mail Online. "My entire school life was really a living hell—and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day. ... When you have something like that there's a lot of expectations for it to meet the standards of the public, and I don't think George [Lucas] did that."
Having vowed at such a young age to drop out of acting, Lloyd has stayed true to his word—and has only returned to his Anakin roots for the occasional videogame voiceover.
(Via Mail Online)