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Jar Jar Binks Actor Gets Why You Hate His ‘Star Wars’ Character

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It’s safe to say no other character in the “Star Wars” saga is as vilified as Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy Gungan introduced in the prequels for comedy relief. Although George Lucas continues to champion his creation, actor Ahmed Best understands fans’ intense hatred for Jar Jar, even if he wasn’t quite prepared for it.

“I can totally understand why, because when they see a character that’s purely comical and purely for the children, they probably felt condescended to,” he told “The Are the Actors You’re Looking For,” a YouTube channel that tracks down and interviews “Star Wars” cast members. “I can understand that they wanted more serious story, but by the same token the children really like it.”

Of course, understanding the reason for the Jar Jar hatred didn’t make it any easier for Best, who acknowledged, “‘Star Wars’ was my first ‘most hated’ title in anything really. It was painful. […] 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.”

Although there had been plenty of jokes about Jar Jar returning in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — director J.J. Abrams said he’d considered killing off the character in the film — Best said he has no interest in returning to the franchise.

“I think I’ve done my damage,” he said. “I’m good with where I stand in the ‘Star Wars’ universe.”

(via NME)


  • Bl00dwerK

    He’s right about the kids. Pissy nerds are the ones who hate Jar Jar so much…

  • Ha

    I actually didn’t mind jar jar that much. Annoying yeah, but sort of the point

  • Ha

    I actually didn’t mind jar jar that much. Annoying yeah, but sort of the point

  • solletaire

    I never understood the intense hatred for the Prequels or for Jar Jar… Not my favorite character for sure, but his portrayal did not deserve such a negative reaction… TBH, Hayden Christensen’s performance (all due respect to him, of course) bothered me and disappointed me way more…

  • Tom

    Like or hate Jar Jar you have to admit Darth Jar Jar would be the greatest twist in cinematic history. If you could get a director that could really make him seem menacing.

    Not only could you plausibly make the case that he influenced Anakin you could even make a pretty decent case for him manipulating the emperor. Being he was the one who raised the emperor to power and the emperor ended up taking the fall. He could literally be the villain through all three trilogies.

    I don’t know. I think it would be pretty awesome myself.

  • ThemisTheBlue

    I saw the Phantom Menace as a 11 years old kid and “love” might be taking it too far, but I did consider him funny. In later movies I didn’t really notice him all that much – my biggest beef with the Prequel Trilogy has always been Attack of the Clones and the way it was a mash up of pretty landscapes and badly done romance. Very badly done romance.

  • AC

    I was a kid when TPM cane out and I hated JarJar.

  • TippHillian

    I feel bad for the guy. He was just an actor, getting a big break – being in a Star Wars movie, and was told that he’d be a beloved zany member of the universe. Instead, his character and work gets more hate than anything else. Jar-Jar is obviously for kids, and if you’re not adult enough to accept that, smile and move on to what YOU like about Star Wars… not much can help you.

  • Larry Tate

    Even children found Jar Jar unlikeable.

  • Larry Tate

    I wouldn’t say that i hate the prequels but they are forgettable.

  • Larry Tate

    Quit insulting kids

  • Disqus

    Have to disagree with you there. It literally wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized how despised the character was. Like the guy below said, I really think it’s just irritable nerds who tend to be the loudest.

  • Blade X

    I didn’t have a problem with Jar jar. He was the obligatory annoying comic relief and he didn’t hurt my enjoyment of the film. That’s right, I enjoyed THE PHANTOM MENACE (as well as the other 2 prequels and both of THE CLONE WARS animated series).

    OMT, Jar Jar was less annoying,more useful,and more competent in THE CLONE WARS CGI animated TV series.

  • Andy Parker

    because star wars fans are racist and hate black actors. Look at their reaction to Finn prior to release.

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  • Blade X

    While that is certainly true of SOME STAR WARS fans, I don’t think that it is true of ALL SW fans. Of course, I sometimes wonder if the majority of SW fans are racist based on how many SW fans keep referring to Lando as being a “backstabbing traitor” despite the fact that it was clearly stated and shown that (a) he only handed Han and Leia over to the Empire because because the Empire arrived before they did and (b) he rescued Leia,Chewie,C3PO,R2,and Luke and tried to rescue Han (which he actually helped do in the 3rd film).

  • klaguerre97

    I’m black and i dislike lando’s approach too. Lando frustration doesnt equate to racism. Lando is a traitor, it would of been effortless to slip them a note. Just a little heads up for han and the gang then be like “shucks darth, i guess they were in a hurry”

  • katrina

    Everything that was wrong with the prequel trilogy lays squarely on George Lucas and his team of yes men. I doubt anyone hates Ahmed Best himself. He’s just another victim of Star Wars’s ridiculous mythos that got too big for its own good and ruined its actors in the process. Everyone who acted in Eps I-III are capable actors in their own right, but they had to conform to Lucas’s naive, shallow, juvenile ideas for these movies. Poor Ahmed, his work for Ep 1, thinking he was part of something special. What’s wrose, in the end, sci-fi newcomer The Matrix wiped the floor with Ep 1 with the technical awards in 1999.

  • Blade X

    And Vader would have sensed that Lando was lying and killed him. Thus resulting in the time honored Hollywood cliche of a Black man sacrificing his life to save the heroic white characters. Lando did what he had to do in order to ensure his survival and his friends survival.