'I think I've done my damage,' says actor Ahmed Best
Ahmed Best, the actor who played notorious Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, has confirmed that he wouldn’t return to the franchise if asked.
Jar Jar Binks, a clumsy, bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo with a cod-Jamaican accent, made his debut in 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, playing a significant part in George Lucas’s first Star Wars prequel film.
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. 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.
“I think I’ve done my damage. I’m good with where I stand in the Star Wars universe,” Best said in a new interview with ‘These Are The Actors You’re Looking For’, a Star Wars fan’s YouTube channel. “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.”
Best also revealed that though he was taken aback by the anger that Jar Jar Binks provoked, he was able to empathise with Star Wars fans who felt irritated by the character. “I can totally understand why, because when they see a character that’s purely comical and purely for the children, they probably felt condescended to. I can understand that they wanted more serious story, but by the same token the children really like it,” Best said.
The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ. Abrams, recently admitted that he considered killing off Jar Jar Binks while working on the movie.
Meanwhile, Best claimed last year that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar in prosthetics similar to those the singer wore in his iconic ‘Thriller’ video.