'Star Wars' Jar Jar Actor Wanted George Lucas to Kill Off His Character

Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 12:23PM
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Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 12:23PM
'Star Wars' Jar Jar Actor Wanted George Lucas to Kill Off His Character
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Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks throughout the Star Wars prequels, recognizes that his character isn't the most beloved in the series. Or, more accurately, he recognizes that a whole lot of folks couldn't stand Jar Jar when The Phantom Menace first came out.

But while George Lucas quickly gave smaller and smaller roles to the wacky Gungan comic relief until he quietly faded away, Best has recently admitted that he wasn't satisfied with that decision. In an interview with YouTuber Jamie Stangroom, Best said that he believed Jar Jar should've had some sort of proper ending in the movies, even if it wasn't a happy one.

In fact, he was hoping he'd get to shoot a tragic death scene for the character in Revenge of the Sith
But alas, that brutal final scene never came to be, according to Best:

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"I always complained to George when I realized that [Revenge of the Sith] was pretty much not going to have Jar Jar in it and they were moving very very far from me, I always complained to George that I didn't get a good death! I wanted to really be just hacked to pieces in some kind of way… and George wouldn't do it."
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Jar Jar is currently still alive in the Star Wars canon, although Best did finally get his wish of an unhappy ending. It was early this year that an official tie-in novel Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig was released, set in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and while it mostly dealt with Rebels fighting against the remnants of the Empire, one brief section did introduce an aged Jar Jar.

That novel revealed that Jar Jar Binks is now a homeless street performer on Naboo, banished from his underwater home by his fellow Gungans and hated by everyone on the planet's surface. Mostly because of how he inadvertently helped Palpatine rise to power as an Emperor while working in the Galactic Senate, but also because from a psychological standpoint, he's an easy alien to hate.



Ahmed Best said he was actually pretty happy with Wendig's novel in the same interview. While he doesn't necessarily want his old character to be miserable, he's happy the character got to have dramatically satisfying final scene (even if he couldn't act it out in a movie):

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"It's a very somber, very dark eventuality for Jar Jar, I quite liked it actually. It was really dramatic and I think a good idea to kind of sum up."
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Since Jar Jar was designed to be as kid-friendly as Lucas could make him, it does make some sense that Lucas would be reluctant to have Jar Jar purged alongside the Jedi and younglings in Revenge of the Sith. Plus, since he's Jar Jar, having him around would just generally make the saga's darkest film less dramatic (although to be fair, Revenge of the Sith had many other problems that made it less dramatic that intended).

Barring a plot twist beyond our wildest imaginations, it's unlikely that we'll ever see Jar Jar appear in any of the new series of Star Wars films, as it's hard to imagine Rey or Finn having any desire to go visit Naboo in The Last Jedi or Episode IX.

For any inexplicable fans of the character who are still out there, you'll have to be satisfied with the Aftermath novels alongside Ahmed Best. It's probably for the better this way.
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