Being a child actor is evidently not a good thing. More often than not, former child actors are turning to drugs, crime, and other activities to cope with the success they saw in Hollywood. Sometimes these actions have underlying mental illnesses, as in the case of the most recent child actor traversing a path on the "dark side" of life.
High Speed Chase
Last summer, the former actor Jake Lloyd, who portrayed a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I, was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase. According to reports, Lloyd led California police on a chase through two counties reaching speeds over 100-mph. The chase ended abruptly after Lloyd ran his car into a forest and smashed into several trees. Police were able to arrest the young man and eventually learned of his past as an actor.
Moved to a Psychiatric Facility
After spending the last 10 months in prison, the State Department has decided that it would be most beneficial for the young man, now aged 27 years, to be moved to a psychiatric facility to receive help for his mental illness. Jake's mother, Lisa, informed TMZ that the reason for the move stems from the fact that Jake suffers from schizophrenia. The National Institute for Mental Health describes schizophrenia as:
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.
Even after just a week or so in the mental health unit, Lisa reports that she can already see 'an improvement in his personality.' Hopefully, Jake will be able to receive the help he needs, however, at this time a date for his release has not been set.
He Hates Star Wars
After skyrocketing to fame following his role in The Phantom Menace, Jake can't even bear the thought of ever watching the film again. The experience of such fame at the tender age of 10, was a self-described "living hell" for Lloyd. Following the release of the movie, he was doing upwards of 60 interviews a day and his classmates would constantly make fun of him by making the iconic light saber sound anytime they saw him. He hates the film so much that he has destroyed ever piece of memorabilia he ever had. He's avoided the spotlight because he has developed a hatred towards having cameras pointed at him (as evidenced by his mugshot).
Hopefully, the troubled young man will be able to find some solace in his new environment. With some treatment and help, his family is hopeful that he'll be able come home and resume a normal life.