Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars’
According to a recent interview with the man who portrayed Jar Jar Binks, Ahmed Best, Jackson told George Lucas he wanted to take on the role, but instead of CGI he thought he should wear prosthetics like in his “Thriller” music video.
Recalled Best of his run-in with the Star Wars super fan and King of Pop:
Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids – we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar’ and I was like, ‘That’s kind of weird.’ Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.’ I thought, ‘What is going on?’ After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I’m having a drink with George and I said, ‘Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?’ He said, ‘Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like Thriller.’ George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that.
At least that part of the prequels never came to fruition.
In the immortal words of the most hated character in cinema history: “Da woulda been terrible.”