Ahmed Best, the voice and motion capture actor behind the much-hated Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, has suggested that a fan theory that the character is secretly an evil Sith Lord could actually be true.
Jar Jar Binks made his debut in 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, playing a significant part in George Lucas’ first Star Wars prequel film. The character later appeared in smaller roles in 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
Though he was presumably designed to add light relief, Binks proved hugely unpopular with Star Wars fans and some critics even accused the character of being a racial caricature.
Last year saw a Reddit user put forth the theory that Jar Jar Binks assumed his position as the “bumbling idiot he portrays himself as” to cover his true motives.
Best was recently asked about the theory in an interview with web series ‘These Are The Actors You’re Looking For’. He said: “What I can say about it is – and I kinda said this on Twitter – there’s a lot about it that’s true”.
Best added: “There are some things that are not true. Could Jar Jar have evolved into that? I think the answer is yes.”
“Because of the backlash, and rightly so, Lucasfilm backed off from Jar Jar a lot. But a lot of the influence I put into Jar Jar mirrored a lot of what was already in the Star Wars universe.”
“Was there an official Darth Jar Jar in the works? That’s really a George Lucas question, I cannot answer that question,” he concluded.
Best had previously alluded to the theory on Twitter, writing: “I will say this, it feels really good when the hidden meaning behind the work is seen. No matter how long it takes.”
Best also recently confirmed that he wouldn’t return to the franchise if asked.
“I think I’ve done my damage. I’m good with where I stand in the Star Wars universe,” Best said. “I’d say no. I think I did what I did, I thought it was great, it was fun, but now it’s time to move on.”