Star Wars: Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace but George Lucas didn't let him

Things could have been so much worse

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It may be difficult to comprehend but Star Wars: The Phantom Menace could have actually have been much worse.

As anyone who has seen the much despised prequel will tell you, Jar Jar Binks was defiantly the worst part of that film. Complex went as far as to name him the “most annoying movie character of all time”. Could the character have been more grating on a Star Wars fan's soul?

In an interview with Vice, Ahmed Best, the actor who portrayed the lanky CGI Gungan, revealed that Pop King Michael Jackson originally wanted the role, and he wanted to do it in prosthetics reminiscent of his ‘Thriller’ music video.

He said: “Me, Natalie Portman, and George [Lucas]'s kids - we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as "Jar Jar" and I was like, That's kind of weird.

“Michael was like, "Oh. OK." I thought, What is going on? After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I'm having a drink with George and I said, "Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?" He said, "Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like 'Thriller.'" George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don't think he wanted that.”

Best also revealed that the original script for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones was given the tongue-in-cheek title Jar Jar’s Big Adventure: “That was the first script that we all got when we go to Sydney. It was [George's] joke because he knew it going to leak to the press. That was George's kind of middle finger to the whole, "everybody hates Jar Jar" thing.”

Perhaps that film would have been something like this:

The actor also denied he’d be reprising the role in The Force Awakens after director JJ Abrams said he was going to kill off the character unceremoniously in the new film.