Back when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit theaters in the late ‘90s, Jar Jar Binks was the bane of most fans’ existences. While Star Wars had always been a property meant for all ages, Jar Jar was the biggest piece of evidence that George Lucas truly didn’t understand of what make the films so universally loved. Rather than create characters that could be loved and adored by all (I’m looking at you, BB-8), he created Jar Jar, who was the embodiment of lowbrow humor.
Despite the nearly 20 years that have passed since The Phantom Menace, he’s a character that remains as relevant in the pop culture zeitgeist as Boba Fett. The hate fans have for him is no secret, by any stretch of the imagination, and at Star Wars Celebration, Liam Neeson took advantage in a pre-recorded speech to fans (via ComicBook.com).
"40 years! 40 years of story telling, mixing myth, mythology, legend, technology, and this extraordinary cinematic form. I’ve been very honored to play QGJ in the Phantom Menace. I’m actually here on location in the Canadian Mountain; we’re making a movie, a very official movie, about what happened to Jar Jar Binks. Spoiler alert: he did go to the Dark Side. May the Force be with you!"
Of course, Neeson was only just poking fun. There is no Jar Jar spinoff, and sadly, the Gungan is not actually Darth Plagueis. While that fan theory circulated the web for years, in a recent novel, it was revealed that Jar Jar ends up as a maligned performer on the streets of Naboo. Quite a depressing end to a hated character. Perhaps given some time, we’ll be able to get Jar Jar: A Jar Jar Story, which will follow the Gungan’s rise as a street performer to Resistance hero. It would be one of the greatest comebacks in film history.
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