Believe it or not, George Lucas left a scene on the cutting room floor that could have made you like Jar Jar Binks. No, really.
With the recent re-opening of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace (in 3D!), fans were once again
tortured treated to the joy of Jar Jar Binks, one of the most reviled characters ever created in the history of film.
After a fairly significant role in The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar was quickly relegated to the sidelines in the next two installments of the prequel trilogy, after fans showed their hatred for the slapstick Gungan.
But Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best told Entertainment Weekly a scene dropped from Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith would have helped bring his character's story full circle. The scene would have picked up after Jar Jar unwittingly convinced the senate to grant emergency powers to a Sith lord in Episode II—Attack of the Clones.
"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 told EW. "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."
What do you think? Would fans have been more interested in a darker, conflicted Jar Jar? Best thinks they might, and said he was disappointed when his character was written into the background.
"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."
(via Entertainment Weekly)