"The Shining" is very much in the public consciousness right now. For one: it's very nearly Halloween and the Stanley Kubrick movie is a seasonal classic. Also, "Room 237," the hypnotically powerful documentary from last year about "Shining" fanatics (and their cracked conspiracy theories about the film) has just been released on Blu-ray and DVD. And, of course, Stephen King has just published "Doctor Sleep," the long-awaited sequel to "The Shining" that picks up right after the Overlook Hotel burns down and continues to follow a middle-aged Danny Torrence, now dealing with the same substance abuse problems that felled his father.
But what happened to Dan Lloyd, who played little Danny Torrence in "The Shining?" Well, according to a report from the New York Daily News, Lloyd is now 40, a father of six, and living just outside of Louisville, where he teaches biology at a local community college. "I lead a pretty normal life now," Lloyd told the Daily News, in his first interview since he was a kid. "People don't recognize me when I got out in public."
Lloyd was five when he starred in "The Shining," and left Hollywood for good after a series of gigs in his childhood and adolescence failed to materialize. "We kept trying for several years ... until I was in high school and I stopped at about 14 with almost no success," he told the paper. Still, unlike the internet rumors to the contrary, he doesn't hold any ill will against the movie or his experience on it. "I'm glad I was in 'The Shining.' It was not a bad experience for me. It just wasn't something that panned out and I decided to go back to being a regular kid."
Another thing Lloyd is supportive of is "Doctor Sleep," which, it should be noted, is totally fabulous. "It's a good question to try to answer," he told the paper. "What did happen to Danny Torrance?" And if they make it into a movie? "I would be up for a cameo for sure. ... That would be fun," Lloyd said.
Start practicing your "REDRUM" now, Dan!
You can read the entire interview over on the New York Daily News.