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An Interview with Jar Jar Binks

by Paul Strauss

Jamie Stangroom’s series These Are the Actors You’re Looking for, he tracks down performers from the Star Wars franchise, and asks them questions about their roles, and find out if they’d have any interest in reprising their roles. In a recent episode, Stangroom sat down with Ahmed Best – the actor who portrayed the infamous Jar Jar Binks.

In previous episodes, he met the men behind Boba Fett and Greedo, and they thought fondly about their roles. But would playing the role of Jar Jar, and the subsequent backlash leave an actor scarred for life? Ahmed makes some great points about the groundbreaking nature of portraying a CGI character, and the amount of effort it took to pull off the roll, but it’s not enough to forgive George Lucas for creating such an insipid character.

Regardless of how you feel about Jar Jar, Ahmed seems like a really nice guy, and was just playing a role. Just remember: don’t hate the actor – hate the character.

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