A few weeks ago Ahmed Best tweeted that he would be open to return to his role as Jar Jar Binks. We should let him.
In 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace hit theaters and almost immediately, Jar Jar Binks was singled out as the worst character in the movie. Jar Jar was written to be foolish, insecure, and bumbling. Hardly, the stuff of heroes.
Criticism for The Phantom Menace centered on Jar Jar Binks, many believing that he was emblematic of everything wrong with the new Star Wars prequel. The character was computer generated, but there was an actual actor behind the Gungan.
Ahmed Best provided the voice and motion capture reference for the CGI character. Best was only 25 when he played Jar Jar Binks and took the criticisms hard. He revealed that the backlash to both him and his career was so severe that he struggled with depression and considered suicide.
There has been a resurgence of support for both Best and Jar Jar. Best has been welcomed back into the Star Wars fold and is currently hosting the children’s game show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.
Is Ahmed Best Willing To Return As Jar Jar Binks?
Best’s relationship with the fans has also took a turn for the better. It was during a recent exchange on Twitter when a fan took the opportunity to ask if Best would ever consider returning to Star Wars to play Jar Jar Binks.
His response was, “I would return as #jarjarbinks but it really depends on the story.”
There are opportunities for the character to make a return. Disney+ has an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series which would be perfect for a Jar Jar Binks’ cameo. Unfortunately, there are no announced plans at the moment to include Best in the Obi-Wan series or any other upcoming Star Wars project.
However, who’s to say that Ahmed Best couldn’t return either as Jar Jar or even a new character? The fandom seems to have warmed up to the prequel trilogy, Jar Jar Binks, and the actor who deserves a chance to transform his Star Wars experience into a positive one.
What do you think? Would you like to see Jar Jar Binks return to Star Wars? Or should Ahmed Best come back to play a brand new original character? Tell us what you think!
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