Star Wars creator George Lucas was in attendance at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California yesterday, during which he revealed that one of the Mouse House’s iconic cartoon characters served as the inspiration for the most-loathed character from the galaxy far, far away: Jar Jar Binks.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an influence Disney has had on me,” said Lucas (via People). “I will say one secret that nobody knows; not many people realize that Goofy was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks. I know that you will look at him differently now. It’s pretty obvious, actually, but, um, I love Goofy and I love Jar Jar.”