Star Wars: Jar Jar Binks Actor Almost Ended His Life After Backlash

Ahmed Best and his Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks. More

Ahmed Best and his Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks. More

"As Qui-Gon and Jar Jar are walking through the forest, he says, 'I owe you a life debt.'" Best does admit the character's humor was "a little bit on the nose", though.

Actor Frank Oz, a puppeteer who voiced the Jedi master Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), declared that he "LOVED Jar Jar Binks", adding, "I just will never understand the harshness of people's dislike of him".

"I had people come to me and say, 'You destroyed my childhood.' That's hard for a 25-year-old to hear", said Best, who went on to explain how his "Star Wars" role ultimately affected his career. I do character work. And that's the thing-yes, Jar-Jar is not a great character. "Love to you my friend".

For all the glory and neverending residuals that accompany even a minor role in the Star Wars universe, its fanbase has always been so rabid that the fervor sometimes takes a turn for the inappropriate.

In the past, Best has touched upon his tenure as Jar Jar, and his latest comments show how far he would've gone to give the character a permanent out.

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"When people make things you don't like, they're not trying to hurt you", screenwriter @BryanEdwardHill tweeted. "I had people come to me and say, 'You destroyed my childhood.' That's hard for a 25-year-old to hear". He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do.

It's not as though the media backlash that Best once faced has diminished over time; modern Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran both previously left social media due to over-aggressive fans, directors are backing out of the series due to the risk of fan harassment, and even Best's Episode 1 co-star Jake Lloyd has spoken about how the responses to the movie and those responsible for it had a legitimately negative impact on his life. Speaking to the BBC in 1999, he firmly rejected suggestions of any racial stereotyping. "I didn't get another chance after Jar Jar".

"How in the world could you take an orange amphibian and say that he's a Jamaican?" he said.

"There is a group of fans for the films that doesn't like comic sidekicks".

The prequel films are a hot-button topic among the notoriously rabid Star Wars fan base, with Jar Jar Binks - perhaps one of the worst-received characters in the epic space franchise's sprawling canon - serving as a lightning rod for many fans' dissatisfaction with the prequels as a whole.

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