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Jake Lloyd 10 years later video

post #1 of 97
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post #2 of 97
That poor kid. I am sure he gets residuals, so money is not to be of an issue for him; but he is fubar for life.
post #3 of 97
You care enough to post this? Fuck. Who cares. Sorry he hasn't won an Oscar yet.
post #4 of 97
You don't care yet you post your response? That's like saying "I could care less".

I give you a 2/10 on the troll-o-meter.
post #5 of 97
That is incredibly depressing. Who would have thought people would give him such a hard time about "Jingle All the Way"?
post #6 of 97
I dunno... It looks like he's doing okay generally. He had a hard time in HS and College but he seems to have stayed clean and is building towards his future.

Yeah, his career as an actor will be non-existent. And he didn't exactly blossom into a great-looking young man. But it's not as bad as Haley Joel Osment - a kid who genuinely had talent as an actor who acted in what are undeniably quality films and now he has completely fallen off the face of the earth.
post #7 of 97
Ouch?
post #8 of 97
I fail to see what's so terrible.
post #9 of 97
One thing about Osment... I could totally see him come back in about 10 years and re-invent his career a-la Jackie Earle Haley.

But Jake Lloyd? Nah. We'll never see him again. Certainly not in front of the camera.

But still, there is nothing in that interview to suggest we should feel bad for him in the least. If his parents aren't assholes and he's smart about his finances, he's set for life.
post #10 of 97
He seems to have pretty level view of things.
post #11 of 97
He's obviously aware that millions of people associate him with the "ruining" of a beloved movie franchise. He spent the entire interview disavowing yet talking at length about the movie. It's not terrible, but it would have been much more healthy for him to have convincingly laughed it off.

Hopefully he's taking inspiration from the career path of Sofia Coppola.
post #12 of 97
But...but...but...HE'S FAT!

How can you not see the tragedy in those chins?
post #13 of 97
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I don't know. Seemed pretty bitter to me.
post #14 of 97
Fuck, I'm bitter about high school sometimes and I wasn't in one of the most widely seen movies of all time.
post #15 of 97
As long as he doesn't pull a Brandis, he'll likely be just fine.
post #16 of 97
Uh Haley Joel Osment was in an almost universally loved movie and was nominated for an Oscar. Jake Lloyd was in an almost universally reviled movie and was panned. I imagine that would make a pretty big difference later in life.
post #17 of 97
I wish him the best. Being a child actor in a massively, over-hyped, incredibly anticipated movie can be a tough thing from several different perspectives (not that i would know). I hope things work out for Jake. Jodie Foster has done pretty good for herself.
post #18 of 97
The mere fact that he hasn't gone on a bender that would make a 13 year old Drew Barrymore blush is a marvel of self-restraint on his part.
post #19 of 97
So, that's what too many midichlorians looks like!

All said, though, Lloyd's performance is retroactively not as terrible in light of Christiansen's dismal take on Anakin.
post #20 of 97
It looks like they're skulking under the bleachers at the high-school gym.
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It looks like they're skulking under the bleachers at the high-school gym.
Yippee!
post #22 of 97
I don't remember the last time I felt so bad for someone. It isn't about being made fun of in high school - I suppose everyone is on some level. But he was in one of the most anticipated movies of all time, playing the character on whom everyone's attention rested, and consequently was the focus of a lot of hatred. Jar Jar Binks excepted.

But yeah, I'm sure his life will turn out fine, but I was pretty shocked to see him here.
post #23 of 97
People seem to be seeing something in this video I'm not. I thought the guy came across as pretty well adjusted and level headed about things.
post #24 of 97
It's a wonder he gets to write his own name. Since it's on the movie poster, Lucasfilm might sue him for copyright infringment.

"See Mr. Lloyd, your name belongs to us now. Everytime you sign a check, you must send us 10%."
post #25 of 97
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People seem to be seeing something in this video I'm not. I thought the guy came across as pretty well adjusted and level headed about things.
You're not alone. I don't see what the "issue" is at all.

That he's not a famous actor now, is anybody surprised by this. Is that a great tragedy?
post #26 of 97
Apparently he was a spoiled little cunt to fans and on the set of at least one other movie. Fuck him. Fuck him anyway.
post #27 of 97
I give child actors slack, especially when they're under the direction of George Lucas. Nice to see he's living a decent life.
post #28 of 97
Yeah, I thought he came off pretty level-headed about it. Could sense some bitterness about high school and college, but that's totally normal. I can't even begin to imagine how annoying it must've been.

Take that scene in Being John Malkovich when that douche won't leave Malkovich alone... multiply it by 10... add in the fact that this is happening at an impressionable age... add that it was Star Wars...

Ugh. I think that the fact that he's level headed about it is something of a triumph.

EDIT: I remember watching that documentary on the Episode I DVD. The whole thing was a fly-on-the-wall look behind the scenes of the production of the film. There was a very simple shot of Lloyd playing with some sand on an interior Tatooine set. Within the context of all the criticism the film and his performance received, that simple shot ended up hitting me in a peculiar way. I felt so much pity for this kid that had no idea what he was gonna experience for the rest of his childhood. It was so wizard!
post #29 of 97
The weirdest thing about that documentary was how perfect the other two finalists were. Lloyd just wasn't a very good actor, and that's not his fault at that age. I think he seems ok on the video too, though.
post #30 of 97
I spent a few minutes with him at one of the Star Wars weekends in Disney World last year.

He seemed very very sad.
post #31 of 97
Well you'd be depressed if you had to put up with signing autographs with people dressed up as Star Wars characters while wearing Mickey Mouse ears at the same time.

So he sounded depressed to you, what did you guys talk about?
post #32 of 97
Man that was weird. He couldn't stop moving. And the way he described not wanting to go back and see the film, because it was written for kids and it would just be creepy now to go back and watch. Cry for help, uttered.
post #33 of 97
Eh, he seemed fine to me. A bit bitter sure, but then I don't know how he's not a gun-toting looney after what he probably had to go through for the last decade.

...again it's not like he had a career per se, he was in two films. He's not in a gutter with a syringe hanging out of his eyeball, I say that's a win.

(and this thread made me look up Haley Joel Osment today - jesus, he's at that awkward still-got-puppydog-looks-but-is-meant-to-be-a-grown-up stage)
post #34 of 97
George needs to buy that kid a fucking car or something.

There's no way the money after the initial paycheck was worth it. The only toys that never left the shelf were Rune Haako, Ric Olie and Anakin Skywalker.
post #35 of 97
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Uh Haley Joel Osment was in an almost universally loved movie and was nominated for an Oscar. Jake Lloyd was in an almost universally reviled movie and was panned. I imagine that would make a pretty big difference later in life.
Yeah... That's kind of what I was saying. It must have been tough for Osment when he started growing up and the roles stopped coming. In fact, he might actually be having a hard time now. But he's actually a talented actor and that's why I imagine it's entirely possible for him to come back at some point later in life.

Lloyd was just a bad actor in a shitty film and, all things considered, it looks like he's doing fine.
post #36 of 97
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The weirdest thing about that documentary was how perfect the other two finalists were. Lloyd just wasn't a very good actor, and that's not his fault at that age. I think he seems ok on the video too, though.
This probably has more to do with the fact that I get creeped out by kids who 'act' too well, but I was glad that Lloyd got chosen over the other two. There was the 'talented' one that I wanted to punch for being good. And then the other kid looked all hunched over and acted like a serial killer.

Lloyd ended up being the one that came across most naturally as a kid. Not really a performance, which Episode I probably actually needed, but I liked him best.

I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I ended up feeling really protective of him for the same reason I felt really sad while watching him in the documentary.
post #37 of 97
Thread Starter 
Haley Joel Osment was just on Broadway doing a David Mamet play with John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer. Not bad work, all said. On the other hand, it closed in under a month.
post #38 of 97
Screw Jake Lloyd. What's Ahmed Best up to nowadays?
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Haley Joel Osment was just on Broadway doing a David Mamet play with John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer. Not bad work, all said. On the other hand, it closed in under a month.
Yeah, American Buffalo. I remember seeing the ad for that in the Times and laughing at that combination of actors.
post #40 of 97
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Screw Jake Lloyd. What's Ahmed Best up to nowadays?
Basically the Robot Chicken Star Wars episodes. I think he was happy he got scale.
post #41 of 97
I haven't read most of the thread(or watched the vid), but I feel bad for the kid. You know damn well his life was a hell in school for the most part.
post #42 of 97
I hope he still stays in touch with his childhood friends.



Although I hear that guy was killed during a fight in a bar some time ago. He may or may not have shot first.
post #43 of 97
Edited: A NSFW tag would have been greatly appreciated!!!
post #44 of 97
I wouldn't click on that link folks.
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I wouldn't click on that link folks.
Unless your eyes crave being bleached!
Christ!!
post #46 of 97
Anyone else think Jake in that video looks like modern-day George Lucas minus the beard? Even got the little piggy eyes.

Wish him the best of luck anyway.
post #47 of 97
Thx, that was pretty cool!
post #48 of 97
Edited that link as it was NSFW.
post #49 of 97
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Well you'd be depressed if you had to put up with signing autographs with people dressed up as Star Wars characters while wearing Mickey Mouse ears at the same time.

So he sounded depressed to you, what did you guys talk about?
I don't even remember him getting an autograph booth. He was in the parade, and then after was just kind of milling around, so my kids went up and asked if it was cool being an actor and stuff like that. He was polite, but melancholy.
post #50 of 97
If any of you guys are like that and think you're well-adjusted... you're not.

The kid's obviously a mess. Rocking back-and-forth like a madman and bitter as hell.
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