This is Pod Racing-Jake Lloyd

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Movie Talk' started by MooCriket, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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  2. Wolfsburg

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    Yeah, I've always felt bad for him too. He was terrible in TPM, but he didn't deserve the vitriol targeted at him and it wasn't solely his fault. He was just a kid, for pete's sake!
     
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  3. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I never thought he was terrible nor deserved all that hate from the public. Beyond some problems with the script, ultimately, he was just a kid in a movie and most kids just want to be kids, not actors. Only once in a blue moon does anyone see a really great kid actor (Natalie Portman, Haley Joel Osment, etc) that can make some really silly stuff work because they're such good actors. I don't know if it's that old Hollywood cliche of his parents forcing him into being a kid-actor or not, but I ultimately can't be hard on a 10 year old, expecting him to be Al Pacino or something. I really don't know what people were expecting.

    On a ending note, boy, did he grow up into a weird looking man. He looks like a man that would be caught in some car chase in South Carolina and whose wardrobe would consist of only tank-tops and patch-y jeans.
     
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  4. Darth Lars

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    What I remember the most from the Q&A session on stage at JediCon in 2010:
    "I was TEN YEARS OLD!"
    "I avoid the Internet like the Plague".
     
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  5. MooCriket

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    He's the one guy who can legitimately claim that George Lucas ruined his childhood.
     
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  7. cayman shen

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    Poor guy.
     
  8. PoopaPapaPalps

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    That's a bit unfair, he was only casted in a role for a movie; everyone else took care on bringing him down.
     
  9. Lemna

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    I honestly thought all of the acting was so wooden in the prequels that I blame the director. There is something wrong when a bunch of people who act well in other things are all stinking up the place.

    ~L
     
  10. Wolfsburg

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    Agreed. The actors are only part of the equation. The PT was full of capable actors but honestly, I only thought Ian McDiarmid and Christopher Lee, to a somewhat lesser extent, were noteworthy.
     
  11. Mola Rob

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    Not to get into more prequel bashing but it has to be incredibly hard for a ten year old to cope with the harsh things said about his performance and the movies in general. What makes it worse is that it wasn't his fault in the slightest, as pointed out the most talented actors in the world couldn't have saved such a poorly conceived trilogy.
     
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  12. Wes R

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    His character was just a badly written one like a lot of the others, even the veteran actors we know can act, and you can only polish a * so much especially at 10.
     
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  13. batguy

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    Every kid actor seems like they did a weak job . . . until you see about 20 auditions from the other kids they looked at. Then you realize the one they chose was much, much better than almost every other kid his age.

    As for Jake Lloyd, it's too bad he got so much shoot for stuff that wasn't his fault at all. I was disappointed that Ep#1 centered on a kid so young but I never blamed the actor for it. In light of how much the full-grown professional actors struggled to be convincing in the prequels, IMO Jake Lloyd's performance was downright impressive.
     
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  14. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    He needs to grow up. It's not like he was Jar Jar Binks! You don't see Ahmed Best going nuts, and he has a legitimate reason. Fans need to grow up too if the hate towards the movie caused him that many problems.
     
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  15. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Amen!!
     
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    Jake > Hayden
     
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    Twitter, Facebook, etc have all contributed to the inflation of what I consider "drive-by" comments - people saying horrible and vicious things about people knowing they would never be held responsible for those comments. I'm not condoning his actions - he made his decision(s) but he never deserved the negativity or relentless criticism. Without proper channels to properly deal, those types of relentless attacks would push most people to the edge. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for free speech and will fight to protect that right, but there seems to be a lack of civility these days. I wish we would stand back and think before hitting "enter" or "send".

    I hope he gets the help he needs and gets back on track. Hang in there JL!
     
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    Little Ani's gone so far off the deep end of the Dark Side, even Vader needs to facepalm
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    The mugshot...he looks like a mirror universe Leo DiCaprio.
     
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    happened here where I live.. .(started somewhere around in the Charleston area then on to Colleton County where he wrecked. ) not sure why he would be in the area but its a big tourist town with lots of pubs .. or may know someone here. I wonder since he is from Colorado if he had a bag of weed in the car and thats why he bolted! LOL!
     
  22. MooCriket

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    Doh! Autocorrect on the IPad got me. Hate "mail"
     
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    I don't know why he got all "poor me" about it over the years. You don't just wait for something else to happen. If he wanted to not just be remembered for Star Wars then he could have done other things and kept up with his craft and just be known as one of his first roles being Star Wars and moving on to other things. To just sit there and mope and try not to make something better of himself than he wanted himself to be seen as is just not something I can feel sorry about. I hope he pulls himself together and leaves that in the past to be hopefully forgotten.
     
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    Yeah I don't blame Jake Loyd for the acting... When the cast Hayden I thought nothing and then saw him in "Life as a House"... I remember thinking "What happened? He's good in this..."

    :behave

    And Natalie Portman was terrible in it... "MATHILDA" was awful? How do you screw up Natalie Portman who came out of the gates a great kid actress (Check out her scene in "Leon" when she's drunk at the table)

    I feel bad for Jake...
     
  26. batguy

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    You say that as if just moving on with an acting career is an easy thing to do. After being over-exposed as a child in a role that people didn't remember fondly, it's pretty hard to keep going in that world. You have to really distance yourself from the role(s) that made you famous which means starting from scratch in the career sense.
     
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    I didn't say it was easy. What I read is that he wanted to get out of acting and not be in that sort of area of work and was "happy" at where he was doing editing or school.

    These were some notable ones I remember:







    It's like he loves it, kinda not into it, thankful for Anakin, happy as a freelance editor for corporate stuff, bleh.... I don't know. There's just a little bit of edge that comes off a bit ingenuine.

    He looks pretty checked out here:

    Though I kinda feel bad for him in this clip because he looks like he's trying to just make it through this overly excited fan, ha!
     
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    That is complete and utter BS. Don't blame others for your bad life decisions. You make it a point to get past those decisions and make yourself a better person. When it's really bad you seek professional help and continue on a path to betterment. Lucas didn't ruin him, his decisions ruined him. Yes he was abused by the public, yes that sucks * but it's still not an excuse.
     
  29. Wes R

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    He could probably have made some good money doing conventions and thus prove all the critics wrong but he just sort of buckled. I agree Hayden was terrible in these movies and the few things i've seen him in he comes off as likable and a good actor.
     
  30. AJTaliesen

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    Some of the best actors in the world stank up the theater in those movies.

    As for the kid, I kind of feel bad, and kind of don't. On one hand, you really can't expect a kid to cope with that in a rational way, it's just a kid. They don't really do rational in the face of teasing.

    On the other hand, your big tragedy was that you had to be Anakin ****ing Skywalker in Star Wars... I'm not exaggerating or using an idiom when I say that most of the guys here would actually literally trade a nut to swap childhoods.

    Now Star wars Kid... Him I feel bad for. He got screwed.
     
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    I actually felt a little sorry for him years ago after the movie came out, and I saw him in a commercial for kids school clothes, and he was in the back of the bus waving with kind of a sad look about him as it drove away. I thought "He went from playing the boy that becomes Vader, and now is hawking school clothes to kids."
     
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