A clumsy, well-meaning outcast on Naboo, Jar Jar Binks, from the Star Wars universe struggled to prove his worth throughout his life. Putting his awkward past behind him, Jar Jar left the swamps and became a representative for his people in the galactic capital.
The Career Of Annie Award-Winning Actor Ahmed Best
Ahmed Best is an American actor who was cast as Jar Jar in 1997. The performance ultimately won him an Annie Award and drew praise from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace star Liam Neeson. “I have to say when I was making that film, he was probably one of the funniest guys and talented guys I have ever worked with,” said Neeson on Andy Cohen’s radio show. “I remember calling my old ex-agent at ICM and said, ‘I think I just worked with the new Eddie Murphy.’ I still believe that.”
Best’s performance also drew lots of negative attention after the release of Episode I, which almost drove him to suicide.
“Twenty years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today,” Best tweeted in 2018 with a photo showing him and his son looking out at a river. “This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival.”