With The Phantom Menace in 3-D hitting theaters this weekend, the polarizing character Jar Jar Binks is back on the big-screen.
However, if a certain cut scene had made it into the second trilogy of Star Wars films, actor Ahmed Best believes that Jar Jar might be a bit more popular with many Wars fans.
“In Revenge of the Sith, there was a scene that was cut where I’m walking down a long pathway with Ian McDiarmid before he is turned into the Emperor, and Palpatine kind of thanks Jar Jar for putting him in power,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a really interesting scene, and it shows the evolution of Jar Jar from this fun-loving kids’ character into this manipulated politician. And it was an interesting arc for the character that I thought could have been explored, because the scene is really dark. But it just didn’t fit in the movie, which I understand. But yeah, George’s take on it is Jar Jar is now just a politician.”
“George [Lucas] has to make his movie. And I’m happy to be whatever in any of it. And at the end of the day, it’s the story that matters, and if the character doesn’t fit into the story, there is nothing I can do,” he said. “What ends up on the screen is what he says ends up on the screen. All I want to do is be able to facilitate his vision as best I can. That’s all I can do. I wanted to be in those movies more because I wanted to give him more. I felt like I could do a good job. And I did. I did the best job I could do.”