Ahmed Best – who played everyone’s favorite Gungan in the Star Wars universe: Jar Jar Binks – writes a One Man Show about his experiences. Binks was a controversial and much-hated character when the Star Wars prequels were released between 1999 and 2005, but he’s since gained cult status.
Best was in a touring production of Stomp in the 1990s, which was a dance performance using everyday objects such as trash can lids for percussion and involved impressive acrobatic feats. Best was cast as Jar Jar Binks due to his athletic and flexible movements on the show.
Like Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin, Best also struggled mentally due to the vitriol the prequels inspired in a certain section of the fandom at the time. “To be very honest, I was very scared to go to [Star Wars Convention] Party,” Best said in 2019. “Whenever I’m in a Star Wars setting, I spend most of my time defending our work and defending Jar Jar. And I don’t want to do that anymore. So I was very reluctant to come to Celebration because of that.
The better continued; “But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t at all. I felt nothing but love, respect and admiration for the work we did. I couldn’t have been more proud and I couldn’t have been happier. I wish Georges [Lucas] was there because I think we’re at a time where we have to stand in this work. We have to say, “We did it” and go into it with great pride, because it stands the test of time.
When Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen were on a press tour for Obi-Wan Kenobi, they found they had a similar reaction. Basically, people who were children when the prequels came out, and I grew up loving them, I’ve grown now. This means that many of these adults regard them with nostalgic affection, rather than dismissing them as ridiculous.
Better tweeted that “I think it’s time for my version of how it all happened.” It looks like his One Man Show may include reveals. Until you find out what they are, check out our guide to the Star Wars movies, ranked.