Star Wars Actor Ahmed Best Says He Contemplated Suicide After Backlash
Ahmed Best says his career-changing role as Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels almost killed him.
Best says he is considering doing a solo show for next year’s 20thanniversary of the George Lucas-helmed Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. He took to Twitter to share his thoughts on his tumultuous journey through the Star Wars universe.
He wrote: "20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today. This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival. Would this be a good story for my solo show? Lemme know."
The response was overwhelmingly positive, with Muppets icon Frank Oz, a key figure in the Star Wars franchise (he is the actor behind Yoda) writing: "I LOVED Jar Jar Binks. I know I’ll get raked over the coals for saying that but I just will never understand the harshness of people’s dislike of him. I do character work. He is a GREAT character! Okay. Go ahead. Shoot. Gimme all ya got—but you’ll never make me change my mind."