Some Star Wars actors beside the characters they portrayed.
I’m surprised they got Jake Lloyd to agree to this.
Do you know what the saddest thing is? Jake Lloyd is such a really nice kid. He is. I made a point to hang out with at Dinner after a smaller con in Pittsburgh. He was, what I felt was, rather begrudgingly, invited to dinner after the Con with the 501st people and other Star Wars actors that were at this con. While the rest of the celebrities were being fawned over, the other 501st people were giving him a wide berth and were not really wanting to interact with him. Leading up to the con, even on our Garrison’s message boards people were making the standard comments about how he “ruined Star Wars” and how “terrible” he was. So Marshall and I just sat down with him and started to talk with him and he genuinely seemed surprised to have people treat him nicely, let along like a person. And that made me really sad. He told us all these stories about the constant death threats he still receives to this day, and the crazy, weird stalkers he has had to endure, on top of the death threats. And I felt for him. He’s a good person, and now I just feel a shamed that the Star Wars fans will forever treat him like a Problem, not a Person.
I remember being outside of the restaurant with Melissa, and him coming up and genuinely thanking us for treating him like a regular person.