Back in 1999, the highly-anticipated Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas. But ever since its launch, the prequel has been derided by some followers and critics for being a nasty film. Nevertheless, the movie has its supporters together with Qui-Gon Jinn star Liam Neeson who not too long ago praised the Star Wars film and its Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best.
Speaking with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy in the present day, the 68-year-old actor mentioned: “Look, I’m very happy with the movie. I bought to be a Jedi.
“I bought to play with these fantastic lightsabers and stuff. It was terrific.”
Neeson, who wasn’t unaware of The Phantom Menace’s criticisms, went on to say how proficient he thought Best was.
The Jedi actor mentioned of his Jar Jar Binks co-star: “He came into a lot of criticism, I mean to the point where it really hurt his career.”
Lucas continued: ““They hated him. They thought he was too infantile and the jokes have been unhealthy.
“They mentioned the identical factor. It’s simply that the preliminary wave of Star Wars kind of overwhelmed the criticism of Threepio.
“We even performed on that in Empire, making enjoyable of him and acknowledging the truth that he was annoying.
“And then within the third one, we did the identical factor with Ewoks. People simply went berserk.”
The filmmaker added: “They said it was horrible, it ruined the movie, and how can you watch this, and all that kind of stuff.”
Back in 2018, Best had bravely opened up on how he contemplated suicide after a media backlash to his Jar Jar Binks efficiency. But following big help on social media from associates and followers, the actor gave nice thanks in return.
With Disney exploring totally different facets of the Star Wars universe, hopefully Best will be capable of reprise his character, who regardless of the critics does have numerous followers, in a future film or TV present.
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