Michael Jackson Almost Played Jar Jar Binks In ‘Star Wars Episode I’

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by Alyssa Pereira, CBS Radio San Francisco

Ahmed Best is not a household name, but trust us when we say that you’d recognize his voice if you heard it.

Best played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and he’s acutely aware that his character is not too well-received, especially by big Star Wars fans.

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However, he’s learned not to take it personally (“It is the movie business”), partially because he has benefited from at least a couple perks from the gig. Namely, he got to meet Michael Jackson.

As he told Viceit was a surreal experience.

“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,” he remembered. “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?'”

Find out why George introduced him as Jar Jar at Alice 97.3

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