“You No Liking Us Meesa Thinks”
Well at least he got that right.
Jar Jar Binks is one of those characters that ended up being the worst of all worlds: an unfortunate result of a series of even more unfortunate events, the poor product of an overdependence on CGI and an outright annoying alien.
Now one man has set out to interview “the forgotten stars of Star Wars,” and his interview with actor Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar, is going viral. Aside from the overwhelmingly negative reaction Best got to his character and its impact on his career, he finally addresses the rumors of him returning in a future Star Wars film!
See what he had to say!
These Are the Actors You’re Looking For
First off, this entire concept is fascinating. TV personality and comedian Jamie Stangroom is one-upping Star Wars fans everywhere by tracking down the “forgotten stars” of the franchise and interviewing them for a regular YouTube show.
Thus far, Stangroom has interviewed Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Paul Blake (Greedo), and various voice actors. You can watch those below, but the video that’s really captured our attention is his recent interview with actor Ahmed Best, who played the Gungan Jar Jar Binks in the prequel films.
“I Think I’ve Done My Damage”
What a tough break. Ahmed Best went from performing in Stomp and smaller gigs to landing a major role in what was, at the time, one of the biggest cinematic endeavors ever.
Turns out Best took his Jar Jar voice from a character voice he would commonly use while reading to his younger cousins, nieces, and nephews. The actor and creative team apparently didn’t realize just how poorly audiences would receive the bumbling Jar Jar until early reviews about the film came out bashing him. And it didn’t stop there.
Though Best cites that children were big fans of the Gungan buffoon, he calls the experience “painful” and says he was surprised by the backlash. “When your work is criticized negatively, you feel a little bit of a hit.”