Liam Neeson has revealed that he and Ewan McGregor were “personally hurt and offended” by the backlash to Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks.The character (played by Ahmed Best) received a hugely negative reception after making his debut in 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace.Speaking to Empire about working with McGregor and Best, Neeson looked back fondly, recalling: “Ahmed was so funny and inventive.
Myself and Ewan were personally hurt and offended by the critical reaction to the character.”Last year, Best opened up about the backlash to his character, revealing that he was afraid to leave his apartment after receiving death threats when his phone number was leaked online.“It was terrible.
It was the lowest I’ve been in my life,” he told The Guardian.Speaking back in 2018, Best revealed that he contemplated taking his own life in a post on Twitter, where he shared a picture of himself with his son.“20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today,” he wrote. “This was the place I almost ended my life.
It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival.”He later explained to The Guardian: “[I thought] I’ll show all of you.Read more on nme.com