The Phantom Menace actor Jake Lloyd is diagnosed with schizophrenia and is moved from jail to mental hospital. Jake Lloyd has been in jail since June after he led police on a high-speed chase in South Carolina.
He was charged with speeding, driving without a license, driving through a red light, and also resisting arrest. Lloyd's mother said that the actor is suffering from schizophrenia, and his aggressive behavior on the road can be explained by disruption due to refusal to take medication.
It's not specified how much time the actor will spend in the clinic. However, the family wants him to take his time to get healthy.
Jake Matthew Lloyd is an American former actor who gained fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the first movie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in six subsequent Star Wars video games.
Lloyd began his acting career in 1996, playing Jimmy Sweet in four episodes of ER. He was then cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All The Way, a movie about a bad dad and husband. He also played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11.
After portraying Anakin in a range of related video games, Lloyd retired from acting in 2001.
He stated in a 2012 interview that being in The Phantom Menace ruined his childhood and his acting career, and that he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia out of anger toward the film.