I think nearly everyone alive agrees that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the worst thing to happen to the franchise. One of the main reasons for this (actually there’s about 40 good reasons for this, with Jar Jar appearing several times on that list because if really needs to be noted just how truly awful he is) was the fact that great actors such as Liam Neeson, Ewan Mcgregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson and Yoda gave us the worst performances of their careers. I don’t know if this was George Lucas’ direction to have them all be bland, boring and in Portman’s case, pretend she was a robot or if the actors just couldn’t delver the lines without wanting to vomit on themselves and their childhood memories.
On the count of 3, everyone say “Midi-chlorians”
Wait, what was this post about again, I got lost there! Oh right. Now everyone has given Jake Lloyd’s performance a hard time too (let’s face it, having Vader appear as a floppy haired moppet can only take away the menace of the galaxy’s biggest Bad-Ass) but I try to let him off abit because he was only a child, though stellar performances from Dakota Fanning and Abigail Breslin when they were off a similar age does make me wonder on letting him off so easy sometimes.
Anyway, he didn’t personally ruin the Star Wars franchise, he just helped. Now that TPM is back in the cinema (with the addition of pointless 3d no less) it appears that, the kid who retired from acting at the tender age of 12, Lloyd has been cast back into the spotlight and has revealed a few things that kind of make me feel bad for some of the things I’ve said over the years.
He said the experience working with Lucas was a “Living Hell”.
That his retirement was partly down to the fact that the filming and subsequent press tours has left him with a fear of cameras (he returned to the series in voice acting roles only)
“I’ve learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me.”
And that his appearance in the film was a constant source of ridicule to children (Who as we all know, can be so very, very mean)
Other children were really mean to me. They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad. My entire school life was really a living hell—and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day… When you have something like that there’s a lot of expectations for it to meet the standards of the public, and I don’t think George [Lucas] did that.
Having his childhood ruined by trying to mix being a kid, going to school and be fired around the globe to do interviews have left him resentful of George Lucas to the point were he has since destroyed all his Star Wars merchandise (Aiyee, were they still in their original packaging? You could have made a fortune on E-Bay Jake!)
You see that McDonalds over there? That’s where you’ll be working in about 15 years trying to forget this ever happened!
I’m torn between my usual sarcastic nature and kinda thinking he deserved it for ruining my childhood memories and also having a strange and unknown feeling (which I’ve researched and have found out is called “Empathy”) towards a kid who got what every one of us would have died to do. Be in a Star Wars film….and then got fucked over because of it.
Still, it just fuels to my hatred of George Lucas, so I guess that’s a win.