George wanted to do it in CGI. Best reveals that George Lucas once told him that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play Jar Jar Binks, and there’s a chance it could have been a little better, because it wouldn’t have involved creating an entirely digital alien: “Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids—we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?' Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. George wanted to do it in CGI. Watch a trailer for the next Star Wars instalment The Force Awakens, released on December 18, below: George Lucas was reportedly concerned that Jackson would overshadow the rest of the movie. He didn’t say anything, I went back on the road and then I got the call.”. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? But the more fascinating stuff in the interview is some of the trivia that Best revealed, including the fact that international pop superstar Michael Jackson originally wanted to play Jar Jar Binks, insight into the audition process and how he tried to protect Jake Lloyd from the harsh reviews of the movie and his performance. First published on July 24, 2015 / 4:01 PM. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. In case you didn’t know, the working title for Star Wars: Episode II was a big prank to get fans all worked up. Election Day could turn into "Election Week" with rise in mail ballots, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens". Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Complex went as far as to name him the “most annoying movie character of all time”. Perhaps that film would have been something like this: The actor also denied he’d be reprising the role in The Force Awakens after director JJ Abrams said he was going to kill off the character unceremoniously in the new film. It’s true that the profile of Michael Jackson would likely have transcended whatever character George Lucas wanted Jar Jar Binks to be. Best explains: “It’s a very American thing to take somebody down when they’re at the top and a lot if it had to with that; people really wanted to see George crash and burn. “Me, Natalie Portman and George [Lucas]’s kids – we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert,” Best said. He said, 'Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like Thriller.' That’s right, the original title for the second prequel was Star Wars: Jar Jar’s Great Adventure. I was really—still am—into martial arts and acrobatics, so in my mocap audition, I was doing backflips and high kicks. It apparently could have happened. I was doing all of these moves and George had a very specific idea in mind of how the character was supposed to go. I gave him a lot of stuff. Privacy | George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird'. I thought if I was going to get it I would have got it on that day. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter But George Lucas still had some fun with fans after all the hate that was thrown at him and Jar Jar Binks. He added: "At the end of the day, it is the movie business, and if the character doesn't work for the people who watch the movie then the character doesn't work. I can't take that personally.". There was nothing about it that needed to be comedic, which was Jar Jar’s whole purpose. Although it hurt me emotionally and it was hard to take at the time, it wasn’t debilitating for me. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. So Michael Jackson almost played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace George Lucas was reportedly concerned that Jackson would overshadow the rest of the movie. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. How different would the life of Michael Jackson and the world of Star Wars be? It apparently could have happened. OK.' I thought, What is going on? We were taken backstage and we met Michael. GET EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE NEWS! 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?' Jar Jar Binks will go down as one of the worst and most hated characters from the Star Wars universe, but it could have all been so different, and a whole lot stranger, if Michael Jackson had got the role he coveted. But Best didn't take the abuse personally. Why Are Men So Compelled to Defend Jacking Off on a Work Zoom? The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Unfortunately, this character was so new, so experimental; he became a lightning rod for all that. 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OK.’ I thought, ‘What is going on? How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election? A daily briefing on what matters (and what's interesting) in Hollywood. I can't take that personally". All rights reserved. It’s mind-boggling to think about. Except he reportedly wanted to do it in prosthetics and "Thriller"-like makeup, a look Lucas didn't support. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Yes, I want to receive emails from The Hollywood Reporter about the latest news, products and events that they feel might be of interest to me. How 'Rogue' Star Philip Winchester Became One of Hollywood’s Most Underrated Action Stars, How David Mandel Is Using 'Veep' to Shine a Spotlight on Down-Ballot Races, Penske Media and MRC Form Joint Venture to Combine Data Businesses, 'One Night in Miami' Breakout Eli Goree Signs with WME (Exclusive). Sign up for our newsletter. "Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids — we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. Fortunately, I was in my 20s. We want to hear from you! I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?' The casting probably worked out better for Jackson in the long run: Jar Jar was panned by critics after Phantom Menace hit theaters, inspiring fan vitriol that hasn’t dimmed 16 years later. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, John Boyega teases how he'd return to Star Wars, Liam Neeson discusses potential Star Wars return, Star Wars actor talks prospect of joining the MCU, Star Wars' Han Solo on returning for Disney+ show, Star Wars director shares unseen Last Jedi pics, Fan theory casts doubt on a Star Wars love story, The Mandalorian season 2 releases new teaser, Darth Vader series reveals Rise of Skywalker link, The Mandalorian boss offers season 3 update, Obi-Wan TV show: Everything you need to know, DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. (See Daniel Kimmel’s 2011 book Jar Jar Binks Must Die.) Trivia: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in Full Prosthetic Make-Up In ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton He very much wanted him to be more of a Buster Keaton than anything else. Jar Jar Binks will go down as one of the worst and most hated characters from the Star Wars universe, but it could have all been so different, and a whole lot stranger, if Michael Jackson … Jimmy Fallon, Lin-Manuel Miranda Reunite for ‘Two Goats Who Will Vote’, Watch Jarvis Cocker Cover the Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus in Furs’.

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