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Annie, are you okay? Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks

07.24.2015

1999's STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE had a trade federation starship-load of problems, but the easiest to pinpoint is that of the CG character, Jar Jar Binks. Ahmed Best ended up portraying (arguably) the most hated character of the franchise, so it's hard to imagine things being much worse. Much to my surprise, we may have dodged a lazer. Speaking with Vice, Best opened up about a well-known pop-culture figure who was keen on strapping on the ears, so to speak.

Ahmed Best speaking about the time George Lucas introduced him to Michael Jackson:

George introduced me [to Michael Jackson] as 'Jar Jar,' and I was like, That's kind of weird. I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?' He said, 'Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like Thriller.' George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don't think he wanted that.

Well, there ya have it. Who knows how close Michael Jackson was to playing the Gungan, but there's no doubt the character would have taken a turn for the worse. Well, worse than what he ended up being. Almost like putting NSYNC in ATTACK OF THE CLONES...In any event, Best made history by playing the first major computer generated character. Granted, it didn't take long for Andy Serkis to obliterate audiences with his Gollum, but it's worth noting.

Cross your fingers for a Jar Jar Binks force ghost to return in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on December 18, 2015.

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Source: Vice

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12:03AM on 07/27/2015

Guess Wacko Jacko hadn't read the script

I had a friend who worked at ILM while they were making THE PHANTOM MENACE and nobody hated the character more than the poor bastards who had to do the CGI. There were a lot of people coming up to him and saying, "That's so cool that you're working on the new STAR WARS movie!" and all the time, he was thinking, "If only you knew ..."
I had a friend who worked at ILM while they were making THE PHANTOM MENACE and nobody hated the character more than the poor bastards who had to do the CGI. There were a lot of people coming up to him and saying, "That's so cool that you're working on the new STAR WARS movie!" and all the time, he was thinking, "If only you knew ..."
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6:51PM on 07/24/2015
Ok I clicked on this thinking it was a new song parody and it turns out to be some old ass robot chicken clip. Wtf guys your a day late and obviously im guessing a dollar short since this site is nothing but ads now. Still funny tho
Ok I clicked on this thinking it was a new song parody and it turns out to be some old ass robot chicken clip. Wtf guys your a day late and obviously im guessing a dollar short since this site is nothing but ads now. Still funny tho
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5:45PM on 07/24/2015
Why is this news?
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6:29PM on 07/24/2015
Why did you click on the story, read it, then comment on it if you didn't think it was newsworthy?
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6:38PM on 07/24/2015
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