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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

"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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Ghostrunner30 Aug 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

I do feel kind of sorry for the guy. Being blamed for Jar Jar is like hating deNiro because he always plays mobsters and killers.

I certainly think he fulfilled Lucas's vision of Jar Jar, flawed as it may have been.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 9:53 p.m. PST

Agree… he did a good job…


Captain Gideon31 Aug 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

I think he did an excellent job on a very good character regardless of what have said about Jar Jar I know that if I met him I would shake his hand and thank him for his work.

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