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Jedi Council: Luke Skywalker’s Regrets Going Into ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

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Today is November 9th, 2017 and its an all new Collider Jedi Council hosted by Kristian Harloff, Tiffany Smith and Ken Napzok. Today the Council discusses: Movie News Luke Skywalker’s state of mind in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finn not Force-sensitive according to John Boyega Kelly Marie Tran on THR Rising Star List Porglets What's the Deal with Canon Thrawn lives… past Rogue One Star Wars: Rebels preview: Rebel Assault Star Wars: Rebels titles revealed Ahmed Best speaks about Jar Jar’s end. Reads Chuck Wendig’s words as Jar Jar Canto Bight book excerpt on …
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Jar Jar Binks Actor Wanted Character to Die, But George Lucas Refused

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Jar Jar Binks Actor Wanted Character to Die, But George Lucas Refused
Jar Jar Binks remains easily one of the most hated characters in the Star Wars universe. While a younger generation of fans grew up with the character and don't feel quite as strongly toward the Gungan, many lovers of a galaxy far, far away truly despise the comedic, CGI lizard-like humanoid. It turns out, actor Ahmed Best, the man who brought Jar Jar Binks to life in the Star Wars prequels, actually wanted George Lucas to kill the character off in a rather brutal fashion. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"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.
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Jar Jar Binks actor wishes that Lucas would have killed the character off

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Love him or loath him, the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks is still alive and well as a member of the on-going interstellar saga. Since the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the well-meaning yet bumbling Gungan outcast has remained as one of the most divisive players to ever contribute to the legendary space opera. Recently, Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best made a guest appearance on Jamie... Read More...
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Jar Jar Binks actor unhappy about motion-capture “snub”

He may be one of – if not the – most reviled characters in the entire Star Wars saga, but there’s no disputing that Jar Jar Binks marked a huge leap forward in terms of visual effects and CGI characters.

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
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J.J. Abrams Told Daisy Ridley To Treat Star Wars Like A Religion

Taking a job on a Star Wars film must be simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. On one hand, the movie is all but guaranteed to be a success, you’ll get a chance to appear in one of the most iconic franchises of all-time and, if the whole acting career doesn’t work out, you can make a living on the convention circuit signing glossy headshots. On the other hand, though, screw this up and it’ll follow you to your grave, as hardcore franchise fans will not forgive anyone for messing with their baby.

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
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Exclusive: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard & Michael Rooker Discuss Robot Chicken’s Walking Dead Special

  • DailyDead
Over the years, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken series has lovingly paid tribute to hundreds of pop culture icons and projects, but this October, they're celebrating AMC’s The Walking Dead with an entire special episode devoted to Rick and his cohorts in honor of the show’s success and its legions of fans who remain devoted to the series after seven seasons.

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
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C-3Po Actor Doesn't Even Like Jar Jar Binks

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C-3Po Actor Doesn't Even Like Jar Jar Binks
There are a handful of truly legendary figures in the Star Wars universe, but Anthony Daniels, the man behind C-3Po, is very near the top of the hill. The man has appeared in every single live-action Star Wars movie to date. A streak that is set to continue with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Another legend, for a different reason, is Ahmed Best, who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels. As it turns out, Daniels feels similar to many fans out there, as he admits that he isn't a fan of the maligned Gungan.

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,
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Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies

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Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.

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
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Emilia Clarke and Chewbacca Celebrate on the ‘Han Solo’ Set with an Instagram Video — Watch

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Emilia Clarke and Chewbacca Celebrate on the ‘Han Solo’ Set with an Instagram Video — Watch
There’s been some well-reported director drama behind the untitled Han Solo movie, but at least Emilia Clarke and Chewbacca appear to be enjoying themselves.

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…
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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Reveals How He Survived Playing the Most Hated ‘Star Wars’ Character

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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Reveals How He Survived Playing the Most Hated ‘Star Wars’ Character
While Andy Serkis has made a name for himself playing motion-capture roles in high profile franchises like “The Lord of the Rings” and recent “Planet of the Apes” reboots, it nearly killed Ahmed Best’s career. Best was just 25 when a Lucasfilm casting director picked him out of a San Francisco “Stomp” production to play Jar Jar Binks in “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace.” An avid “Star Wars” fan, Best knew his life was about to change forever. It did — just not quite how he imagined.

“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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Great Job, Internet!: The man who played Jar Jar Binks on how he survived being Jar Jar Binks

  • The AV Club
Despite being a successful artist in his own right, Ahmed Best has spent his entire career struggling with the vitriol he received for his turn as excitable Gungan Jar Jar Binks in George LucasStar Wars prequels. “I had death threats through the internet,” Best told Wired in a new piece on the actor’s journey. “I had people come to me and say, ‘You destroyed my childhood.’ That’s difficult for a 25-year-old to hear.”

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
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Jar Jar Binks Really Wants to Be in the Han Solo Movie

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Jar Jar Binks Really Wants to Be in the Han Solo Movie
Last week, LucasFilm made the jaw-dropping announcement that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will no longer be at the helm of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with just three weeks left of production. Just a few days later, Ron Howard was confirmed to step in and take their place, and today a new parody video reveals that one of the most hated characters in the Star Wars universe, Jar Jar Binks, wants to use this opportunity of a new director stepping in to put him in the movie and start a comeback for the character. Thankfully, this is only a parody, and it will not likely happen for real.

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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Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo

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Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo
When production started on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story in February, the first cast photo was released, featuring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the new Chewbacca, Joonas Suotamo. It was revealed shortly after Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in theaters that Peter Mayhew split his time as Chewie with Suotamo, a 6-foot-11 former basketball player, who would step in for the more physical scenes that Peter Mayhew could not perform due to his bad knees. A new petition has surfaced to bring back Peter Mayhew in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and while there is plenty of fan support behind this petition, it's not quite what you think.

This petition was started by Erin Victor earlier this month on Change.org, which as of now, has 3,367 signatures, out of the 5,000 needed for this petition to be delivered to directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
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Jar Jar Binks' Ultimate Fate Revealed in New Star Wars Book

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Jar Jar Binks' Ultimate Fate Revealed in New Star Wars Book
When Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm back in 2012, one of the things they needed to do was reset the very messy canon. Since they did that, there have been quite a few new novels, comic books and other such expanded universe goodness for Star Wars fans to enjoy. But so far, this content has yet to address one big, sore thumb: Jar Jar Binks. That all changes now, because the upcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End finally gives us some answers and reveals the fate of the maligned Gungan.

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,
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One Star Wars Star Warned George Lucas About Jar Jar Binks

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One Star Wars Star Warned George Lucas About Jar Jar Binks
At this point, it is almost becoming needless to pile onto the hate parade that has been marching in the direction of the Star Wars prequels for more than a decade now. Disney is once again making quality Star Wars movies and hopefully, we can all move on from the prequel trilogy. Still, one of the worst elements of the prequels, Jar Jar Binks, is a thorn in the side of the epic saga that many fans can't quite shake. It turns out that actor Brian Blessed, who played Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tried to warn George Lucas about Jar Jar during production.

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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Is Star Wars Droid K-2So the Jar Jar Binks of Rogue One?

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Is Star Wars Droid K-2So the Jar Jar Binks of Rogue One?
Anticipation is higher than ever for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which holds its world premiere in Hollywood tomorrow, before hitting theatres around the world on December 16. While there will be a few familiar characters in this big-screen spin-off, such as Darth Vader and Mon Mothma, fans will mostly be introduced to several new characters in this galaxy far, far away. Today we have details about one such character, the droid K-2So, who may or may not be this film's version of the much maligned Jar Jar Binks.

Jar Jar Binks, played by Ahmed Best, is easily one of the most disliked characters in the Star Wars universe, who was featured in George Lucas' prequel trilogy. The Huffington Post caught up with actor Alan Tudyk, the man behind the droid K-2So, who revealed that he did everything in his power to avoid becoming the next Jar Bar Binks,
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Today in Movie Culture: New 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Production Photo, Daisy Ridley as Lara Croft and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Casting of the Day: With news that Daisy Ridley is up for the Tomb Raider reboot, BossLogic shows us what she'd actually look like as Lara Croft:   Behind the Scenes Shot of the Day: Rian Johnson shared a new behind the scenes photo from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII as production wrapped on its fourth week:   Fan Theory Encouragement of the Day: Watch Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, do the character's voice as Darth Jar Jar (via Geek Tyrant):   Cat Cosplay of the Day: The feline star of the upcoming comedy Keanu dressed up for some Beetlejuice cosplay for his very own cat calendar. See more of his...

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'Star Wars': Here's What Jar Jar Binks Sounds Like as a Sith Lord

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'Star Wars': Here's What Jar Jar Binks Sounds Like as a Sith Lord
For awhile now, there has been a Star Wars fan theory sweeping across the internet that claims Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith Lord. First introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the man behind this much-loathed creature agrees with this assessment about Darth Jar Jar. And if you've been wondering what an evil Jar Jar sounds like, Ahmed Best is displaying that in a new video.

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
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Who’s responsible for motion capture performances?

Jordan Adcock Oct 17, 2016

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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This is what it's like to be the man behind Jar Jar Binks

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This is what it's like to be the man behind Jar Jar Binks
It's not easy being semi-responsible for one of the most despised movie characters of all time, but Ahmed Best, who brought Jar Jar Binks to life in the "Star Wars" prequels and cemented his place in film infamy, seems to have taken it in stride. Best was interviewed by British journalist Jamie Stangroom for Stangroom's YouTube series where he talks to some lesser-known actors from the "Star Wars" franchise. Best says he was performing in "Stomp" when he was cast as Jar Jar. Initially, he was just the motion capture actor, but George Lucas ended up using his voice for the part as well. Best didn't expect the character to be so reviled (who would?) and admits that it was "painful" and he took it "a little bit" personally. "You put a lot of your own personality into it and you get emotionally and personally invested in the work that you do,
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