I remember being a stupid kid once. I remember thinking that Jar-Jar Binks was the funniest character in the whole world. It’s amazing what a few years and a fresh perspective did to help me realize just how much of a misstep that guy was in the Star Wars canon. As an adult fan, the character seemed to do everything in his power to justify the older fanbase that the series had, and since then, the franchise has managed to avoid making similarly catastrophic mistakes.
With every new Star Wars film, however, there is guaranteed to be some form of comic relief. Whether we like it or not, these films were originally made with kids in mind, and to some extent, it needs to be recognized that these films are supposed to please everyone, not just the hardest of hardcore. But after what happened with Jar-Jar, some fans even looked at the prospect of BB-8 with trepidation? Would he be the next Jar-Jar? Thankfully was did not, but that hasn’t removed the stigma from the franchise just yet, and with each passing film, there seems to be a worry that the next Jar-Jar is right around the corner.
Interestingly enough, this mindset was instrumental in how Alan Tudyk, the man who plays the droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, played the character. Speaking with the Huffington Post, he opened up about how Jar-Jar was used as a reference for what NOT to do.
Here's what Tudyk had to say:
“[Jar Jar] was such an outlier ― not an outlier, an anomaly in the world ― that was backed away from as quickly as they could. I did have it in mind because K-2SO can be very funny in moments, and I talked to [Rogue One director] Gareth Edwards, saying, I hope I’m not coming across as a character that makes jokes, that he is a sarcastic character or a passive-aggressive character or an honest character that can be funny within a moment, especially these moments of high-stakes life and death, which this movie has a lot of ― you know, it’a a war movie. He told me that I wasn’t, so I trusted him, and I’m really happy with the outcome.”
We can’t really say for sure whether or not Tudyk and company were successful, but none of the lines we’ve heard so far come remotely close to Jar-Jar in terms of general obnoxiousness. Despite not having seen Rogue One yet, I feel like I can confidently put those fears to rest, but we’ll see what kind of tune I’ll be singing come next week.
What do you think of Tudyk’s comments? Do you think it’s good for an actor to actively try and avoid a specific type of performance when creating their character? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
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SOURCE: Huffington Post