Jar-Jar Binks Actor Says Media Backlash Made Him Suicidal

Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace

Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace

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Not always. Consider, for example, the case of Ahmed Best, who's most famous for a role under which few people would recognize him: Jar Jar Binks, the eternally controversial protagonist of 1999's Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

The Phantom Menace has been a punching bag for Star Wars fans and detractors alike since its release in 1999. The actor made the reveal on Twitter recently, posting a picture of himself and his son near a scenic overlook, explaining that this was the place that he almost ended his life some years ago.

"20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today", he wrote underneath a picture of himself and his son.

'This was the place I nearly ended my life.

However, he managed to persist throughout it all, but "it's still hard to talk about", remarked Ahmed.

He added: "I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival".

"I've been thinking of doing a twenty year #ThePhantomMenace solo show next year".

Jar Jar Binks quickly became the most hated character in the Star Wars universe, and critics branded Best's cartoonish portrayal a dumbed-down exercise in child-pleasing - or worse, a racist stereotype with a misplaced Caribbean accent.

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Next year will be the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace.

Best - who said in an interview with Wired a year ago he received "death threats" after the film's release - shared the same photo on Instagram, opening up about his depression.

"It's really hard to articulate the feeling", the actor told Wired a year ago. "I had people come to me and say: "You destroyed my childhood", he said.

For all the glory and neverending residuals that accompany even a minor role in the Star Wars universe, its fanbase has always been so rabid that the fervor sometimes takes a turn for the inappropriate. "I had death threats through the internet", he said. I think there are many of us who'd get quite a lot from hearing your story.

"I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks" bones in the desert there, ' The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams joked to Vanity Fair in 2015.

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