bill-swift - July 25, 2015
One of the most beloved entertainers of all time was the late Michael Jackson. When he died the whole world mourned. I remember when I was seven I begged my mom to buy me a red leather jacket and glitter glove like he wore in the Beat It video. By contrast, one of the most hated characters in the history of cinema is the diabolically stupid racist intergalactic space rabbit Jar Jar Binks. There were a lot of things wrong with The Phantom Menace but Jar Jar is by far the worst. He has so much screen time it is unreal. It's almost as if George Lucas was purposefully trying to ruin his own movie. So, what if I told you that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks? Let that sink in. Ahmed Best, who played the horrible creature, told this tale,
"That's what George [Lucas] told me. Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids – we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar' and I was like, ‘That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.' I thought, ‘What is going on?' After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. 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."
I need to lie down.
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