Newswire: Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar in The Phantom Menace

In what could have been the only thing more distracting than a heavily accented space lizard doing pratfalls in the background of the most heavily anticipated sequel in science fiction movie history, Michael Jackson apparently lobbied to play the character of Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That revelation comes courtesy of actor and producer Ahmed Best, the man who beat out the alien-loving megastar for the coveted role. Best actually mentioned his casting triumph in a Reddit AMA last year, but he elaborated on the story in a recent interview with Vice, where he discussed his new project 2 Black Dudes, and the various pressures of having his name attached to a character often seen as emblematic of the failings of the Star Wars prequels.

Responding to a question from interviewer Gavin Godfrey, Best explained that his knowledge of Jackson’s involvement came courtesy of George …

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