Jar Jar Binks
‘Star Wars’ Actor Says
Backlash Almost Made Me Kill Myself
7/3/2018 1:51 PM PDT
Ahmed Best — the man who played the most widely loathed and mocked ‘Star Wars’ character — says the wave of negative reaction was so hard on him, he considered suicide.
The Jar Jar Binks actor made the revelation Tuesday, by tweeting a pic of himself and his son on a bridge with the caption … “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.”
Although he doesn’t name “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” specifically, but a reference to “20 years” ago makes it pretty clear he’s referring to that Jar Jar role.
He’s previously said the negative reaction from the public included death threats.
20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today. 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. Would this be a good story for my solo show? Lemme know. pic.twitter.com/NvVnImoJ7N
— Ahmed BEst (@ahmedbest) July 3, 2018
Best has also been posting about performing a one-man show next year, which will mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Phantom Menace.’