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One of the biggest complaints about Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and it's two sequels Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is that they are grossly drenched in CGI. In fact, a number of scenes in all three movies are completely CGI with no practical element at all. Disney and Lucasfilm have been very adamant about pushing home the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not following the same path. There are a lot of practical effects on display in the seventh Star Wars movie. And we'll hardly see any scenes that doesn't have some sort of practical element to them.
After the prequel trilogy shuffled off into the dustbins of history, only to be occasionally viewed by fans still upset over the whole ruse, there has been quite a vocal »
One Star Wars fan has gone to great lengths to show how much the beloved film series has changed over the years.
The changes go as far as back as the beginning of the series, when different versions of Episode IV were sent out to theatres, and further changes have come in the years that followed.
With each home video release, Lucas made alterations, some more noticeable than others. YouTuber Mercelo Zuniga has put together a definitive guide to the changes in an hour-long series of videos.
We’ve got some new concept art and leaked images from The Force Awakens, a possible new villain for Episode VIII and The King of Pop as the most annoying character in the saga in this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars…
Kicking things off with news from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and some new concept art found its way online which showed off a new character that we’ve not seen yet. The character goes by the name of Bullhead and is an X-Wing pilot, most likely from Jakku. The source of the images claimed that Bullhead would be not be a CGI character and would instead be a man in make-up, and those rumours were confirmed when this image of him on set leaked online…
…They may have shown a behind-the-scenes video at San Diego Comic-Con, but perhaps Disney and Lucasfilm can show »
- Luke Owen
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
It must have been hard for George Lucas to say no to Michael Jackson. The two were old friends after working on the iconic Disneyland 3D attraction Captain Eo way back in 1986, at the height of the pop star's popularity. But when George set out to return to his galaxy far, far away with 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he made the mistake of letting Michael read the script early. There was one character the singer gravitated to. But George Lucas simply felt he was wrong for the role.
As it turns out, Michael Jackson really wanted to play Jar Jar Binks. A character that would go onto become possibly the most hated in the series of old and new films alike. Mostly known for his singing, Michael Jackson was also an actor. He took the lead in the short film Captain Eo, playing a starship »
No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s Day prank! Ahmed Best (the actor who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the divisive Star Wars prequels) has revealed in a recent interview with The King of Pop Michael Jackson actually wanted to take on that role in 1999’s The Phantom Menace. Talking to Vice, he recalled the
- Josh Wilding
Yesterday we were all innocent and naive. Today that is gone. Today we know that Michael Jackson was in the running to play Jar Jar Binks in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” But the real kicker? Does anyone else find themselves asking “What would it have possibly hurt?” Let’s back up for a minute. Vice did an interview with Ahmed Best about his career in Hollywood. If that names doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because most people don’t realize he was Jar Jar Binks actor. Or that Jar Jar Binks Had an actor outside of a voice recording booth. Behest discusses the nascent motion-capture technology used in “The Phantom Menance” that would later be thrust into the national spotlight with Andy Serkis’ Gollum in “Lord of the Rings.” But things get weird once Behest starts down memory lane: George [Lucas] told me [Michael Jackson wanted the part]. [W]e were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. »
- Donna Dickens
1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace had a trade federation starship-load of problems, but the easiest to pinpoint is that of the CG character, Jar Jar Binks. Ahmed Best ended up portraying (arguably) the most hated character of the franchise, so it's hard to imagine things being much worse. Much to my surprise, we may have dodged a lazer. Speaking with Vice, Best opened up about a... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The King of Pop could have played one of the most hated characters in Star Wars history. Or at least he wanted to. In a recent Vice interview, Ahmed Best, the actor who played the first computer generated character in the franchise, revealed that Michael Jackson approached director George Lucas in hopes of taking on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace role with the help of prosthetics and makeup similar to that of his "Thriller" video. After meeting Jackson backstage at a concert with Lucas and co-star Natalie Portman, Best said, "George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. Ok.' I »
You won’t find many people to argue against the claim that Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is one of the most annoying characters to ever hit the big screen. He’s a bumbling cartoon of a character who has no place in the Star Wars universe, and that’s a nice way of […]
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Jackson, like most fans, wanted to be in a "Star Wars" movie. The King of Pop campaigned for a role in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace"; he hoped to play Jar Jar Binks, an unfortunate choice for several reasons, one being that George Lucas didn't want to go in that direction. Mj may have found Lucas's lack of faith disturbing, but -- in hindsight -- *not* playing Jar Jar Binks is something we should all feature on our resumés. So who really won in this deal?
Ahmed Best was the guy who ended up playing the much-derided character and he recently talked to Vice about meeting the late pop star who wanted his job.
In a Reddit interview, you mentioned that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play the role of Jar Jar Binks. Was that a joke?
That's what George told me. Me, Natalie Portman, »
- Gina Carbone
Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop." But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise's 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson's interest in an interview with Vice.
What a legacy that would have been! Michael Jackson may be remembered today as the King of Pop, but at one point in time, he was vying to play the part of iconic Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, it was recently revealed. In a recent interview with Vice magazine, actor Ahmed Best (who did, in fact, end up playing the notoriously obnoxious character) revealed that Jackson originally wanted the role in 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. “That’s what [director] George [Lucas] told me,” Best, [...] »
Michael Jackson wanted to star as Jar Jar Binks in the 'Star Wars' prequels. The legendary pop star - who passed away in June 2009, aged 50 - wanted to appear in the 1999 movie 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace', but was ultimately beaten to the part by Ahmed Best. Ahmed explained: ''That's what George [Lucas] told me. ''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? »
Everyone hates Jar Jar Binks. There’s a spectrum of dislike for the Star Wars prequels (I can’t jump on the bandwagon as readily as many fans), but everyone can agree that George Lucas’ “key” to The Phantom Menace was an unmitigated disaster, a low-point in a saga that includes Hayden Christensen talking about sand and Bea Arthur singing while Wookie’s have untranslated grunting conversations. But he was almost much worse.
The annals of film “What ifs?” are filled with musicians that wanted to play now-iconic characters, but this one blows them out of the water. Jar Jar Binks was almost played by… Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson! Seriously – the bonafide legend petitioned George Lucas to play Star Wars first (and hopefully last) totally comic relief character.
According to Ahmed Best, the man who ultimately brought Jar Jar to life, talking in a recent interview with Vice, Jackson »
- Alex Leadbeater
In an interview with the original Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best, the actor revealed that Michael wanted to play the much-hated character in The Phantom Menace in the late-nineties. Best revealed that he was backstage at a Michael Jackson concert where George Lucas introduced him as ‘Jar Jar.’
Best revealed more:
“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? »
- Paul Heath
Jar Jar Binks is generally considered to be one of the most annoying characters in the history of film, but would he have been any better if played by Michael Jackson?
In the strangest news you're likely to hear all week, the 'Thriller' star was in talks with George Lucas to play the role in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but ultimately lost out to Ahmed Best.
Recalling meeting Jackson, Best wrote in Vice: "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 after-party. I'm having »
For some, the mere mention of the name Jar Jar Binks is enough to induce shudders. Before the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, the character was hailed as a technical breakthrough: a photo-realistic CGI character performing alongside real, flesh-and-blood actors. But when the movie came out, critics and audiences reacted not with hushed wonderment at this CG miracle, but a mixture of irritation and befuddlement.
There is, however, a twist to this story: Jar Jar Binks could - just could - have been played by Michael Jackson. The revelation has a sound provenance, since it comes from Ahmed Best, the actor whose performance provided the basis for Binks' movements in the finished film.
In an interview with Vice, Best explains that he first got wind of »
Well, that was a headline I never thought I would write.
While it does sound like something you would read in a trashy tabloid, this is a story that has come from the mouth of Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In an interview with Vice, the actor revealed about some comments he made on a Reddit Ama last year about the King of Pop being in line for the role of the hated Star Wars character.
“That’s what George told me,” the actor said of Michael Jackson’s proposed casting. “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, »
- Luke Owen
Del Toro was set to play Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, which could be a factor in his being offered the villain role in the follow-up to The Force Awakens.
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- Christopher Campbell
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