There are certainly plenty of controversial points in the Star Wars canon — Yoda lightsaber battle: awesome or stupid? Boba Fett: stone cold badass or totally overrated? — but one thing is nearly unanimous: Jar Jar Binks is the most hated character in the entire series. There was a lot that went wrong with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but the clumsy Gungan was an unfortunate mix of racial stereotypes and catchphrases that just didn’t work.
However, that is not to say that the special effects that went into the character are not an important piece of the VFX development puzzle, something that the motion capture king Andy Serkis failed to mention in a new interview about the technique with Wired.
While this is a seemingly innocuous oversight, Ahmed Best, the actor behind Jar Jar, took to Twitter to set the record straight.
While it’s likely that Serkis either didn’t want to wade into the debate surrounding the character or simply forgot, Best does have a point. Whether the character was beloved or not, there is no denying the impact that the work did on the films that came after. Even if Jar Jar was a goonish character designed to sell toys, the team behind him did pave the way for Serkis’s mo-cap characters.
Plus, he’s in the Star Wars family now. Jar Jar walked so Snoke could threaten the galaxy.
(Via The A.V. Club)