Best Known for playing Jar Jar binks in the Star Wars Prequels Ahmed Best
Had a AMA on Reddit, here are some of the Interesting Q&A..
Q: *Sigh* guess I’ll be that guy….
How does it feel to have played one of the most unintentionally hated characters in movie history?
Q: Did George Lucas ever say anything to you about Jar-Jar in light of the near-universal negative reaction towards him after The Phantom Menace?
Obviously he intended for him to be likable and you were doing the best with the role you were given but I wonder
if he felt the need to defend his character or explain himself to you during the production of the subsequent films.
He did. He let me know that this was nothing new. There was the same reaction to Chewbacca and the ewoks. HE sent me a stack of press from the original movies for proof. He never needed to defend his character. We new what the intention was.
Q: What’s your favourite Star Wars movie?
Empire Strikes Back
Q: In the special features on the Episode I DVD, you seem to be full of enthusiasm and always in good spirits. What are some of your favourite fun moments you had making the movie?
The submarine scene with me Liam and Ewan. We laughed through most of that.
We were all very close, but Liam and I had a special thing when we were on screen together.
I always thought we should do a buddy cop flick
Q: .After filming Episode 1 and before it was released, how did you expect Jar Jar to be received? Did you manage to not take the hatred personally?
No, it hurt a lot. You put your heart and soul in to something groundbreaking for two years and it gets slammed, that hurts.
they all have a right to their opinions. Star Wars belongs to the fans as much as it does all of us who were in the movies.
Q: As far as you know, did George Lucas ever consider making any changes to Jar-Jar Binks in light of the general negative reaction towards him?
Not to the character, but to the story arc there were huge changes.
George wanted to give the fans what they wanted. That meant more lightsabers and less Gungans.
Q: Have you had conversations with Abrams or anyone regarding Ep. 7?
Nope. I’d love to.
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