Oh, Ani! Has Jar-Jar been that bad of an influence on you? As first reported by TMZ, the actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace was involved in a bit of a crazy scenario over the weekend that evokes meme-like comparisons to his pod-racing days.
According to police reports, Lloyd was driving over the weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff’s deputies began pursuing him for an as-yet-unknown reason. Jake apparently felt he was better off using the Force rather than surrendering to the Dark Side (listen, there’s going to be a lot of Star Wars jokes here, so apologies in advance), so he put the pedal to the metal and the chase was on.
The report goes on to say that Lloyd began driving recklessly at very high speeds and at one point was passing other vehicles across double-yellow lines. Jake eventually lost control of his car, careening off the road, through a fence, and into a wooded area where he struck several trees before finally coming to a stop.
Lloyd was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest, and – likely the reason for not stopping to begin with – driving without a license. The now-26-year-old actor has said in multiple interviews that his Star Wars experience at such a young age ruined his life, and he has vowed that he’ll never act again. While he has stuck mostly true to his word – his only official listed credits post-Episode I are for voice work in Star Wars video games and one random 2005 film – the allure of the almighty dollar is apparently not enough to keep him out of the entertainment business on the whole. I had a chance to meet Jake and interview him earlier this year at Wizard World Indianapolis; while a bit erratic, he seemed like a nice enough fellow, so I wish him all the best.
One last Star Wars reference for everyone: no word yet on any potential involvement of alcohol or how high his midichlorian count was at the time of arrest. Bazinga!