Jar Jar Binks Actor Opens Up About Struggles Post Star Wars Prequel Backlash

Ahmed Best said he considered suicide.

Ahmed Best, who played the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, has opened up about the toll the backlash took on him.

On Twitter today, Ahmed admitted that almost 20 years ago he faced a “media backlash” that caused such pain he considered taking his own life. Though he didn’t name the Star Wars prequels directly, the Phantom Menace turns 20 next year.

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The Tweet was ultimately hopeful, as the actor said his gift for survival was his young son. His words were met with a great deal of support, including some from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnston, who has had to deal with a considerable amount of backlash of his own.

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It’s not the first time Best has hinted at the severe toll the Jar Jar backlash took on him. “I had death threats through the internet,” Best told Wired in an interview last year. “I had people come to me and say, ‘You destroyed my childhood.’ That’s difficult for a 25-year-old to hear.”

Ahmed wasn’t the only Star Wars player to face harsh criticism and threats for his involvement in the prequels. Last year, Mark Hamill expressed disgust at the way young Anakin Skywalker actor Jake Lloyd had been treated after appearing in The Phantom Menace.

“He was only ten years old,” Hamill said, noting that Lloyd “did exactly what George [Lucas] wanted him to do.”

Hamill called the negative response to the prequel films “just brutal” and “one of the reasons [he] would never let [his] kids be in show business.”

Recently, The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran wiped her Instagram due to ongoing harassment following her appearance as Rose Tico.

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Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter. 

SOURCE: IGN.com

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