“Support Jake Lloyd” Movement Gaining Traction
In 1999, “The Phantom Menace” was the most highly anticipated film of the 20th century. When it was released, fans camped out for days to be some of the first ones to see the first Star Wars movie since 1983. The film told the backstory of Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side to become Darth Vader and how Palpatine would eventually come to power and become the Emperor.
Jake Lloyd was cast to play the nine year old Anakin in the blockbuster film. Although initially heralded, the film soon became the subject of ridicule by a large number of fans. Jake himself was unable to avoid the vitriol throughout his life, including bullying from his students at his school.
In June of 2015, Jake was arrested in South Carolina for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license after leading police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 MPH. Recently, doctors determined that Jake was suffering from schizophrenia and ordered him transferred to a mental hospital to seek treatment.
A recent movement on Facebook is trying to reverse the tide of hostility and criticism that has afflicted Jake since 1999 and seeks to build support for the actor while he recovers.
The page has gained nearly 2000 likes in less than 24 hours and has gained the support of fellow Star Wars actors Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Pam Rose (Leesub Sirln, from “A New Hope”), and even Albin Johnson, the founder of the famed 501st Legion.
You can find the page here: https://www.facebook.com/SupportJakeLloyd/