"I always complained to George when I realized that [final prequel, Revenge of the Sith] was pretty much not going to have Jar Jar in it and they were moving very very far from me, I always complained to George that I didn't get a good death! I wanted to really be just hacked to pieces in some kind of way.
However, it seems that for the folks at Wired, the history of performance capture technology begins with Andy Serkis and his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings – something Jar Jar performer Ahmed Best has taken exception to on social media.
“I don’t know how to retweet this and not sound bitter, but I feel I have been forgotten,” said Best on Twitter as he shared the article in question. “No disrespect to the great Andy Serkis.”
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Best then went on to post a lengthier response, explaining why he feels snubbed:
“Thanks for the
All that’s probably why J.J. Abrams gave some pointed advice to then-newcomer Daisy Ridley when she was cast as Rey in The Force Awakens. In a recent interview with Vogue, she laid out what he said:
“Understand the scale. This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes
At a recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with several members of the Robot Chicken family, including Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard, as well as the incomparable Michael Rooker, whose character, Merle, makes a memorable appearance in the special (and sings us a little ditty about looking for love in a post-apocalyptic world). During the discussion, they chatted about being able to work with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and The Walking Dead cast, how supportive AMC was to their idea
Anthony Daniels recently appeared at Fan Expo 2017 and, as reported by Space, he discussed Jar Jar Binks a bit. While Daniels wanted to make it clear that he has a lot of respect for Ahmed Best as an actor and that he understands that Jar Jar wasn't a character meant to resonate with adults,
Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a
The actress, whose time on “Game of Thrones” is nearing its end now that the series has just 11 episodes spread across two truncated seasons remaining, is looking beyond Westeros and into a galaxy far, far away. There, she took a brief Instagram video featuring everyone’s favorite wookie.
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Intended to celebrate the fact that the Mother of Dragons now has 10 million followers on Instagram, the video features Joonas Suotamo (who’s taking over for Peter Mayhew and somehow has the perfect name for an actor portraying Chewbacca) in the furry suit. Clarke is all gratitude: “Those dreamboats at @starwars said yes, this fury ball of joy could help me thank you personally…
“It’s really difficult to articulate the feeling,” Best told Wired. “You feel like a success and a failure at the exact same time. I was staring at the end of my career before it started.” The profile is as comprehensive as they come, and a fascinating dive into the often cruel world of show business.
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The whole piece serves to humanize the performer and contextualize the controversial character, who audiences retaliated against for bringing what they viewed as a childlike obnoxiousness into the Star Wars universe. What’s most fascinating about the article, however, is how Best’s early interest in the internet made him particularly susceptible to the online hate for his character.
As writer Brian Raftery puts it:
Because Best was online and connected to the greater
Funny or Die debuted a new video that features an individual disguised through a silhouette that is calling for the return for Jar Jar Binks in the new Han Solo Star Wars movie. Most discerning fans will realize right
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Fair warning, this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End. Chronologically speaking, we last saw Jar Jar Binks, as played by Ahmed Best, at Padme's funeral in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But even with all of the Star Wars content that has been and exists in the time period after that movie,
YouTuber Jamie Stangroom has been tracking down some of the lesser known actors from the Star Wars universe across various movies, interviewing them on his YouTube channel. He recently had Brian Blessed on and the subject of Jar Jar Binks came up.
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Earlier this year, Jamie Stangroom sat down with Ahmed Best for what could be described as a slightly depressing interview. In it, the comedian whose career was tanked by appearing in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, made the bold declaration that he'd never return to the Star Wars universe. And he basically blames the franchise for ruining his career. Stangroom is back with yet another interview, and this time, he gets Ahmed to share his feelings
Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, Andy Serkis and Apes: who should take the credit when it comes to a motion capture performance?
Who’s responsible for motion capture performances? Well. the answer’s Andy Serkis, right?
Seriously though, if anyone is synonymous with this relatively young effects method, it’s him. Gollum, Kong, Caesar, and most recently Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens wouldn’t be the same without his input, on sets and in the suits.
But during press for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Serkis made some comments about the progress made in creating Caesar: “[Weta Digital] have now schooled their animators to honor the performances that are given by the actors on set. And the teams of people who understand that way of working now are established. And that's something that has really changed. It's a given that they absolutely copy [the performance] to the letter,
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