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People Are Only Just Realising That Anakin Skywalker Was Also the Kid From 'Jingle All The Way'

People Are Only Just Realising That Anakin Skywalker Was Also the Kid From 'Jingle All The Way'

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Christmas classic, Jingle All The Way, came out way back in 1996, while Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace first graced our screens (for better or worse) in 1999. However, its taken until now for some people to spot a key detail that links the two seemingly unconnected movies.

In the former, child actor Jake Lloyd played young Jamie Langston, a kid who was dying to get his hands on a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas - but little did he know that one of the characters he was soon to play would grow up to be about as far from a superhero as it's possible to be.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

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That's because Lloyd went on to star as Anakin Skywalker, the promising young lad in The Phantom Menace who would eventually go on to become Darth Vader.

Despite all the time that has passed since both films were released, fans are still shocked at the revelation.

He may have had early success as an actor, but Lloyd has since revealed that his life after Star Wars was anything but happy. In fact, the child star was so affected by his early fame that he vowed to quit acting forever.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Lloyd revealed that he'd suffered at the hands of bullies after appearing in the film.

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Credit: 20th Century Fox

He said: "Other children were really mean to me.

"They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad."

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He also recalled how hectic life became around the time of the movie, saying that he was often called out of class to do interviews.

"My entire school life was really a living hell - I had to do up to 60 interviews a day."

Lloyd felt so much anger towards the film that he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia.

"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 did that," he said.

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"For me to go back and watch it now would be kind of creepy."

The 28-year-old has since left Hollywood and only makes odd appearances at fan conventions now and then.

However, Lloyd did hit the headlines again in 2015, when he was taken into custody for reckless driving, failure to stop and resisting arrest after plowing his car into a tree following a police chase.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Christmas, Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Christmas Films, US Entertainment, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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