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Star Wars Actor Jake Lloyd Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

Rene Bohn | PopWrapped Author

Rene Bohn

10/22/2016 4:09 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
Star Wars Actor Jake Lloyd Diagnosed With Schizophrenia | Jake Lloyd
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It's been tough going for actor Jake Lloyd, who is best known as his role as young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode 1- The Phantom Menace. His acting career has been pretty much non-existent since his last project, Madison, put out in 2005 and he has spent the last nine months in jail for a high speed chase that he was involved in June 15, 2015.

The high-speed chase, starting in Charleston, SC and, at times, reaching over 100 mph, lasted for 25 miles until the car swerved off the road and crashed into a tree. He was arrested for resisting arrest, reckless driving, and driving with no license. At the time, his mother reported to police that her son was schizophrenic and revealed that in March of 2015 he had assaulted her at her home. She also vowed that once he got out of jail the family would work hard to get him the help he needed mentally.

However, Lloyd had yet to be released until this week when authorities finally concluded that he did, in fact, have a mental disorder. Lloyd was then moved from jail into a psychiatric facility. Lisa has always maintained that her son just needed to be on his medication and it was the times when he wasn't that accounted for his bad behavior.

Lloyd was only eight years old when he was chosen to play Anakin and he never felt that it was a positive experience. From being taunted by classmates in school and basically becoming the lightning rod for most complaints people had about the movie (well, maybe a close second to Jar Jar Binks), it was a hard way to start adolescence. He eventually left Hollywood behind and eventually enrolled at Columbia College Chicago. He dropped out after one semester.

Now that Lloyd will be getting some much needed mental health care, it is to be hoped that his life will take a more positive path.


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