Jake Lloyd, AKA Anakin Skywalker, Turns His Back On Acting
3/5/2012 8:55am EST
Former Star Wars child actor Jake Lloyd has told how he quit acting after school bullies mocked his Hollywood career and made life a "living hell."
Lloyd decided on an early retirement from acting because he was struggling to fit in after playing Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" when he was just eight years old.
He subsequently destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia, and only ever stepped in front of the camera again to reprise his role as Anakin for five video games.
He recalls, "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. My entire school life was really a living hell - and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day."
Lloyd, who is now aged 22 and a budding filmmaker, only makes rare appearances at sci-fi conventions.
He says, "I've learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me."