The Star Wars prequel trilogy has been blamed for almost destroying the franchise's legacy, and one of its biggest slights against an incredibly loyal fanbase was the character Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best). In fact, Star Wars fans are not alone in their disdain for the Gungan, as even Star Wars veterans didn't like Jar Jar! Joining the ever-growing number of people who openly dislike the character is Anthony Daniels, who Star Wars fans may best know as C-3PO.
Oh My! C-3PO Talks About Jar Jar Binks
During a Q&A panel at the Fan Expo 2017, #C3PO actor Anthony Daniels revealed his thoughts about #JarJarBinks when a fan brought the unpopular topic up. Daniels started by giving praise to Jar Jar's actor, Ahmed Best.
"Jar Jar was created by George Lucas and he employed an actor, Ahmed Best, who is a terrific actor. Terrific mover. Terrific, inventive brain. Highly intelligent. Did exactly what George asked him to do."
Best had to act using a complicated costume and CGI to bring Jar Jar to life, and this is something that Daniels respected greatly. Given that Daniels went through a similar acting process to depict his famous role as the gold-colored droid, he had nothing but admiration for Best's visual performance – having basically gone through the same ordeal. The same, however, cannot be said for Jar Jar.
For Daniels, Jar Jar was a character he simply couldn't empathize with because he wasn't Jar Jar's target audience.
"George’s son Jett was thrilled by the performance that Ahmed did perfectly, but Jett was 10 years old. Now, I wasn’t, so for me Jar Jar was a bit like the Ewoks. I’ve grown past that stage. 10-year-olds, 11-year-olds, 8-year-olds adored Jar Jar. It was a very, very good thing to do… so I hugely admire Ahmed Best. He got very bad press for doing it… and Jar Jar was not for me.”
This is not the first time an original Star Wars actor stood up for a star of the prequel trilogy. Previously, Mark Hamill and Ron Howard (director of the Han Solo prequel) defended Jake Lloyd's controversial portrayal of a young Anakin Skywalker. The two admitted that while Lloyd may not have been the best actor to grace the big screen, he didn't deserve the savage bullying he had to deal with for the better part of his childhood following The Phantom Menace.
Of the many things that the #StarWars prequels got wrong, Jar Jar Binks is undeniably one of its worst mistakes. Though meant to be the prequel trilogy's comic relief who was once referred to as "the key to all this [The Phantom Menace]," by Star Wars mastermind #GeorgeLucas, Jar Jar annoyed longtime fans and newcomers alike with his mangled dialogue and ceaseless antics. This even came to a point where the character's diminishing presence in each succeeding prequel movie was met with thunderous applause.
Daniels' dislike of the character is understandable, and is certainly something most fans can relate to, but his admiration for the actor behind such an infamous character is also commendable. The man behind the snarky translator droid was able to separate the noisy Gungan from his actor, ensuring that he wasn't also slating Ahmed Best. As notorious as Jar Jar Binks has become over the years, Best deserves to be commended for giving his much-maligned Star Wars role his all – even if we didn't enjoy the end result.
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[Source: Heroic Hollywood]