Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Jar Jar Binks In Star Wars

Posted: Jul 24 2015, 6:41pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 24 2015, 6:45pm CDT, in Rumors | Latest Celebrity News


Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars
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Amhed Best, who actually played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars reveals in a latest interview

Legendry pop artist Michael Jackson wanted to play the character of Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars, but thankfully he didn’t (as Jar Jar received extremely negative reviews and turned out to be one of most hated characters of the franchise). 

Ahmed Best, the actor who actually played the lanky Gungan in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and subsequent films, revealed this in an interview with Vice.

According to the actor, Michael Jackson was very keen to appear in Star Wars as Jar Jar Binks, using prosthetics and wearing a “Thriller” kind of makeup but director George Lucas did not like the idea.

“That’s what George (Lucas) told me. Me, Natalie Portman and George’s kids – we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie (Presley).”

Ahmed Best continued. “George introduced me as Jar Jar and I was like, That’s kind of weird. Michael was like, “Oh. OK.” I thought, what is going on? After Michael has driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I’m having drink with George and I said, “Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?” He said, “Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like “Thriller.”’ George wanted to do it in CGI.”

“My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that.”

The character didn’t go well in the movie what was certainly not expected by Michael Jackson and Best, in fact, it was termed one of the worst characters of the entire film history. 

But Ahmed is not bothered about how the character is perceived and has no regrets being a part of Star War as Jar Jar Binks. “At the end of the day, it is the movie business and if the character doesn’t work for the people who watch the movie then the character doesn’t work. I can’t take that personally.”

Jar Jar Bing continued to fade out as the series carried on. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”, he has a considerably small role and in Episode III, it has been cut down to just few scenes. J. J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens indicates in a recent interview that Jar Jar’s death may be referenced in the latest installment of the franchise.

Ahmed Best said. “It’s up to the filmmaker to make sure that not only does the film work for the filmmaker but it also works for the audience. So, because he wasn’t fan favorite, I can understand why he was scaled back.”


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