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NightlyPoe said:
super_etecoon said:

Jake Lloyd was an absolutely atrocious Anakin (Haley Joel Osment post-Sixth Sense would have made a much darker and better character...and it would have kept his career afloat)

That would require some time travel considering that The Sixth Sense came out months after The Phantom Menace and was filmed over a year later.

Talk about an anachronistic fail on my part.  You're absolutely right.  I was working at a video store at the time and I do remember having many conversations with customers at the time about that having been a possibility, but of course this was well after the release of both films and I just remember feeling like Lucas had lost an opportunity.  But whether Osment would have been ready the full year and a half before release, or whether he had even been known is quite debatable as you point out.

I still stand by my opinion, however, that Osment would have been a much better casting choice.