The Star Wars universe is unique in that its fans have created a plethora of theories that build up the source material into something it may or may not be. The Star Wars ring theory is a good example of this. Could the first six movies be so genius that we don’t even realize they’re genius because they’re so genius? Now with Jar Jar Binks, these theories delve into the narrative technique of Chekhov’s gun, which could explain the idea that Jar Jar Binks is not a bumbling fool, but a Sith of the highest order. Surely, if George Lucas could create something as deep and meaningful as the first six films described in the ring theory, he could be pulling the tonton wool over our eyes, yeah?
Unless, of course, Binks really is just an absolute fool that somehow made his way into the intergalactic senate only to muck up everything for that galaxy far, far away, and we’re all just trying to make ourselves feel better by painting him as an evil manipulator of the force.
But it turns out, the man who played Jar Jar Binks believes that Darth Jar Jar may be true. (The discussion starts around the 5:20 mark.)
“There’s a lot about it that’s true. There are some things about it that are not true. Could Jar Jar have evolved into that? The answer is ‘yes.’ Lucasfilm backed off of Jar Jar a lot. Was there an official Darth Jar Jar in the works? That’s a George Lucas question.”
They go on to discuss a deleted scene from Attack of The Clones that painted Jar Jar in a darker light, and you have to wonder that if Jar Jar wasn’t received so negatively, perhaps a different arc would’ve defined the character in the history of Star Wars.
(Via Jamie Stangroom)