Generally, the Star Wars prequel films are indefensible to fans of the original saga at heart, and if we add the words Jar Jar Binks to the equation, the debate becomes heated, even for Liam Neeson. Twenty years later, the actor has come out to defend the character, the actor behind and his own participation in the first episode of George Lucas’ imaginative.
Ever since The Phantom Menace landed in theaters, scandalizing the original fans and gaining new adherents among the younger generations, the film has positioned itself as one of the most criticized and the character of Jar Jar Binks hated to extreme levels where even the actor who played it was the victim of harassment, hate messages and other regrettable anecdotes.
Faced with the situation, Liam Neeson decided to step up and defend his co-star Ahmed Best, who has struggled with depression from hatred against the character to the point where he even seriously considered ending his life. He did it during an interview in which he also admitted being proud of his participation in the film.
«[Jar Jar Binks] It really hurt his career. And I have to say that when I made this movie [Ahmed] He was probably one of the funniest and most talented guys I’ve ever worked with, ”Neeson said. « I remember calling my old ex-agent at ICM and saying, ‘I think I just worked with the new Eddie Murphy.’ I still believe it, really.
Ahmed Best received quite a bit of hatred from Star Wars fans in the years following the premiere of Episode I. On some occasion the actor admitted that he had to deal with severe depression and suicidal thoughts as a result of intentional comments from fans who claimed that his participation in the Skywalker universe had spoiled the saga.
However in recent years, Best has been cheered on by fans, especially those who grew up with the episodes released during the turn of the millennium. and his participation in Star Wars has been rewarded by many viewers who now find the character a « funny » addition to the intergalactic film world.
For now, Best has three films in the saga on his resume in which he played the controversial character, as well as several dubbing for episodes of the animated series Clone Wars and is now the voice behind Jedi Master Kelleran Bee on the Disney Plus show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.
The Star Wars saga is far from gone. Just a few hours ago, the new trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian was released, a television series configured as a spin-off that has been such a success that it has resulted in multiple Emmy Award nominations including that of Best Drama series.
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