Former child actorJake Lloyd, who playedAnakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, has been moved from his jail cell toa psychiatric facility after being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The star has been in jail since June, when he led police on a high-speed chase in South Carolina. His mother recently spoke to TMZ and revealed his recent schizophrenia diagnosis. She told the site that she spoke with Jake ‘last week’ and can already see ‘an improvement in his personality.’
A date has not yet been set for his release. It was added, ‘His family wants him to take his time to get healthy.’
Jake starred in Phantom Menace with Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson, when he was only 10 years old. The film made a total of $2 billion from worldwide box office receipts and rentals.
But this one brush with fame was enough to put him off for life, as he quit acting all together after finishing the film – saying the whole experience ‘ruined his childhood’.
‘Other children were really mean to me,’ he said during an interview in 2012. ‘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 felt so much anger towards the George Lucas directed film that he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia, and only reprised his role as Anakin for five video games.
‘I’ve learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me,’ he said.
Healso admitted in the interview with Scifitv.com that he doesn’t like watching the film anymore and he blames George for that.
‘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 did that,’ he said.
‘For me to go back and watch it now would be kind of creepy.