Ahmed Best on advice he received from Lucas after Jar Jar’s reaction

For a while, Jar Jar Binks seemed like the most hated character in cinema. The backlash against him was something to behold after the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 25 years ago, but attitudes towards the Gungan have softened somewhat as a new generation has embraced the character. While speaking to Inverse, Best revealed that Star Wars creator George Lucas gave him valuable advice at the height of the Jar Jar backlash.

I love that the younger generations are embracing not only the prequels, but especially Jar Jar.‘Best said. “This is something that George pretty much predicted when all the reactions were happening. He said, “Thirty years from now, no one will be talking about this.” And it was hard to realize that in the moment, but here we are, 25 years later, and he was right.

At the time, Best took the Jar Jar backlash extremely hard and even contemplated suicide, but he is proud of his contribution as the first person to do motion capture in a film, even if he doesn’t get credit for it.

I was the first person in film history to do motion capture, but I’ll probably get all that credit when I’m gone, because you have to admit it was a black man who did that. And you have to pay me. Those are two things that Hollywood has a hard time with.

Best sequel: “I was the first black man to do it… and the last Black man. There hasn’t been another black man who has been a main character in a major motion picture as a CGI character. Twenty-five years, and that’s a whole group of people who have completely disappeared from an art form. Zoe Saldaña is probably the only other person to have done this. But in 25 years, the industry has decided to stop dealing with black people, especially black men. We’re still talking about a large demographic of artists who are being denied opportunities. And that’s frustrating for me.

Jar Jar Binks was front and center The phantom menaceand although he did appear in it Attack of the clones And Revenge of the Sith, his screen time was drastically reduced. Best has reprized the role in several animated projects over the years, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Robot chickenAnd LEGO Star Wars. He also played Jedi Master Kelleran Beq The Mandalorianwhere it was revealed that Beq was the one who helped save Grogu during Order 66.

Jar Jar, or rather Darth Jar Jar, will next be seen in LEGO Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxywhich will premiere on Disney+ on the 13th of September.

What do you think of Jar Jar Binks, 25 years after the initial backlash?