You probably wouldn’t recognize the name Ahmed Best, but you probably know the actor for his most infamous role: Jar Jar Binks, the most hated alien in the Star Wars franchise and possibly universe.
YouTuber Jamie Stangroom, who is on a quest to interview all the actors who have starred in the Star Wars franchise in his series “These Are the Actors You’re Looking For”, interviewed Best on his life before, during and after Jar Jar.
For having worked hard to pioneer a character for George Lucas, you can’t help but feel for the guy on the receiving end of the Jar Jar hatred train. Best was asked if the backlash against his character hurt him personally and put him off Star Wars.
“It did put me off Star Wars, but it was painful, it was painful. This character for me, and one of the biggest reasons I took it, was because of the challenge of it — there was no Andy Serkis and Gollum, Navi from Avatar, there was no Martians of John Carter.
“I was to be the template for this, so I was working with George to pioneer this new character form of acting and storytelling. On set we were all just so focused on the challenge of it and having so much fun that the post-Star Wars stuff was kind of a surprise.
“Even though you play characters, you put a lot of your own personality into it, you get emotionally and personally invested in the work that you do, it’s your work and you take pride in it. So when your work is criticized negatively, you feel a hit.”
Throughout the rest of the interview, Best also confirms that Michael Jackson was in the running to play Jar Jar Binks which created some beef with the pop legend who also wanted the role.
At the very end, Best treats viewers to Liam Neeson’s famous “Taken” monologue but in Jar Jar binks voice, for better or worse.