10 Movies That Made Actors QUIT Forever

9. Jake Lloyd - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Daniel Day Lewis Phantom Thread

For all its faults, The Phantom Menace's most glaring issue is the performance of child star Jake Lloyd, who portrayed a young iteration of Anakin Skywalker. He was just a child, so he can't be faulted too harshly, but there's no denying his role ended up falling a little flat.

For many aspiring actors, playing a role in a Star Wars movie would be a dream come true, but according to Lloyd, the whole experience made his life a "living hell."

His schedule bursting with near-constant interviews, press tours and photo opportunities, the young actor claimed his life became unbearable because of the sci-fi flick, with his role in it leading to incessant bullying at school. The hectic lifestyle and constant harassment led to Lloyd retiring from acting soon after the film's release, vowing never to return to the spotlight ever again.

As of 2020, he is said to be living with his parents and has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. His last film, made just before the release of The Phantom Menace, was officially released in 2005 to mostly negative reviews.


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