Anakin Skywalker child actor had awkward response to reporter telling him he doesn't seem happy
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The man who played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars left a reporter scrambling with his responses in an awkward interview about his acting years.
Jake Lloyd was thrust into the spotlight from a young age as he took on the role of Jamie in the Jingle All the Way film series, before he landed the role of Anakin in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 1999.
He continued his work with the Star Wars franchise for a few years as he provided voice-overs for a number of its video games, but in the early noughties Lloyd took a step back from acting.
He couldn't stay away from the spotlight entirely, though, and about a decade after he quit acting Lloyd ran into a reporter who quizzed him about his younger years.
When asked what he'd been up to in the last ten years, Lloyd, who was about 20 at the time, played it straight with the reporter and explained that he'd basically been doing what any teenager does.
"I've been in school the entire time," he said.
Presumably hoping for a juicy line to take back to his publication, the reporter then attempted to find out whether Lloyd had any plans for a big comeback up his sleeve as he asked him whether he thought his acting career was 'over'.
Unfortunately, Lloyd didn't have any gossip for the reporter and quickly shut down any hope of a return.
He responded: "It seems to be relatively over. I quit acting about 10 years ago, so..."
With seemingly no hope at a future, the reporter turned back to the past. Maybe he could get some nostalgic lines out of Lloyd?
Nope, no luck there, either.
As the reporter asked whether Lloyd had kept hold of any of the merchandise from his Star Wars years, the actor responded: "No."
When asked if he'd 'shunned it', Lloyd added: "No, I just didn't keep the merchandise."
The awkwardness of the whole situation prompted the reporter to point out that Lloyd didn't seem 'real happy' with being asked about his time as Anakin Skywalker, but Lloyd disagreed with him on that thought, too.
He explained: "I'm plenty happy being asked about it, it just seems... I'm just trying to ascertain the real meaning of your questions and make sure I give you the best interview possible."
Evidently realising that he probably wasn't going to get much more out of Lloyd, the interviewer decided to call it day with a bizarre, Star Wars-related farewell.
After claiming that child stars get a 'reputation' and are known to 'turn to a life of drugs', the reporter concluded: "May the force be with you."
I can't imagine that one went down as one of the reporter's best interviews, but it was probably a memorable one.
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