Jar Jar Binks Actor Almost Took His Life After Star Wars Fans Backlash

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Fandom can be a troublesome thing.

Sure, it’s fine to critisise a movie and characters, but the line has to be drawn at going after the talent that’s simply doing their job. While most Star Wars fans keep their passion to adequate levels, certain sectors of that Galaxy’s ultra-outspoken fanbase have been known to… let’s say, take things too far.

Jar Jar Binks. Just that name is enough to illicit groans from many a Star Wars fan, and fair enough: the character is considered to be a truly terrible creation by many. Then again, he’s also quite liked by others. So, pushing all the opinions of Jar Jar to one side, what of the actor who played him? Well, this is where things get pretty serious.

“20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today,” actor Ahmed Best wrote on Twitter, posting an image of himself and his son on a bridge looking out over the ocean.

“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.”

While he doesn’t actually name the film he’s referring to, next year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Ahmed went on to play the Gungan outcast in much smaller parts in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

The actor received widespread support from fans following his tweet:

And Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, had the following to say:

The hate that’s poured out from the Star Wars fanbase – again, not from everyone, but enough – last month also pushed The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran to leave Instagram.

What do you think? Is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed when criticising a film and characters? Or does everything go and that’s what these actors sign up for? Comment below.

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