Jar Jar Binks actor reveals he considered suicide following Star Wars criticism

Jar Jar Binks actor reveals he considered suicide following Star Wars criticism
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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace actor Ahmed Best has suggested the backlash from his infamous portrayal of Jar Jar Binks almost drove him to suicide.

Best took to Twitter to post a picture with his son and reflect on the difficulty he faced following the release of the film, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019.

"20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today," he captioned the photo, taken on a bridge.

"This was the place I almost ended my life. It's still hard to talk about."

Referring to his son, he continued, "I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival."

Earlier this week, Best asked his 10,000 Twitter followers if they would be interested in seeing him appear in a solo tour to discuss The Phantom Menace, 20 years on from Jar Jar Binks' debut.

He received a positive response from his followers, with some inviting him to appear on podcasts or offering to promote the tour on his behalf.

About his latest admission of suicidal thoughts, he asked, "Would this be a good story for my solo show? Lemme know."

Last year, Best spoke to Wired about the harsh response his performance of the clumsy alien outcast received from fans.

"I had death threats through the internet," he said.

"I had people come to me and say, 'You destroyed my childhood'. That's difficult for a 25-year-old to hear."

Best revealed he felt as though his career ended before it had started. At the time, he said that director George Lucas had reassured him characters like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian had also been received badly by audiences at first.

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