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

04 July, 2018, 16:58 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Ahmed Best and his Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks. More

'I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival, ' Best wrote. I always said that Jar Jar's fate was too open ended, I would have loved to have closed it in some way.

Last year, Best told Wired that he "had death threats through the internet".

The Phantom Menace has been a punching bag for Star Wars fans and detractors alike since its release in 1999.

"20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today", wrote Best.

The actor ended with a question: "Would this be a good story for my solo show?"

Although it might seem offhand to hate on a fictional character from afar, it really took a toll on Best. The actor recalled people coming up to him and accusing him and Jar Jar Binks of destroying their childhoods. I was staring at the end of my career before it started...


"There were a lot of tears, there was a lot of pain, there was a lot of s-t I had to deal with", he shared. Binks only made slight appearances in the following two Star Wars movies Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, which were released in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2016 Best revealed that he has no plans on returning to the franchise saying, "I think I've done my damage".

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. I don't need to be back.

Jar Jar Binks quickly became the most hated character in the Star Wars universe, and critics branded Best's cartoonish portrayal a dumbed-down exercise in child-pleasing - or worse, a racist stereotype with a misplaced Caribbean accent. I did what I did and I thought it was great. Last month, the Facebook group Down With Disney's Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys claimed credit for the online abuse levelled at Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran, who quit social media as a result. However, his reception within the Star Wars fandom has been devisive.

"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", he said.

Best replied with gratitude, telling Oz: "Thanks @TheFrankOzJam you've always been kind, generous and supportive".

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