Ahmed Best, the actor behind Jar Jar Binks in the likes of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, doesn’t think the movies are for kids anymore.
Ahmed Best’s Jar Jar Binks isn’t exactly the most popular Star Wars character ever but he certainly brought a family-friendly touch to George Lucas’ prequel films.
That appeal to kids is something that Best now thinks is missing from the latest Star Wars films, telling Jamie Stangroom in an interview that children need to look to other mediums for Star Wars goodness these days:
“It’s very much for the millennials and gen-Xers like myself…so kids are kind of left out of these, and the kids have to go to the animated series in order to get their dose of Star Wars, or they do like Phantom Menace. Phantom Menace is very much a kids movie. The new iterations of Star Wars are not really skewed towards kids, which is not something that George ever really wanted to do. George was always about the kids, and he used to say that if you get the kids, you have fans for the next 20 years; he was very much about kids. This idea that the movies are for adults is a very new thing, to be honest.”
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