Ahmed Best Talks To Wired

If you ever want to remind yourself of what went horribly wrong with “geek” culture and fandom, and why Disney today unveiled a crapload of  remakes, reboots, and projects based off of popular attractions (I for one cannot wait for “FastPass:  The Movie”), just read Wired’s new interview with Ahmed Best.

Wired is of course just as guilty as the rest of the pig pile of persecutors and it doesn’t sound like the author is much of a fan though he begrudgingly admits TPM isn’t the childhood rapist it was made out to be.  I have to say the change in tone though is in no small part in response to the rise of /r/prequelmemes and fans of the prequels making themselves known.

Plus, Best sounds like a smart, interesting guy.

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29 Responses to “Ahmed Best Talks To Wired”

  1. Stefan Kraft Says:

    A bit strange, but… no mention of Best’s role as Jar Jar in TCW? The article seems to be “o.k.” and fair IMHO, but not mentioning Best’s involvement is quite an oversight.

  2. Anticitizen One Says:

    Agree completely with his assessment of the new movies. Totally risk-free, unimaginative nostalgia-fests (not so much for Rogue One). Enjoyable, but kind of hollow.
    Pretty good article. Glad to hear he’s still close with Natalie and Ewan.

    • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

      TFA is not as good or imaginative as Rogue One. Yes. But, I’m very optimistic for TLJ, especially with Rian Johnson involved, because he seems to get the criticism of TFA and that sizzle reel from D23 proved that. So, we’ll see what happens come December 15th.

  3. andywylde77 Says:

    I am really happy that he is doing so well for himself. And his future is looking good too. But I agree with his take on the new films. He is absolutely 100% right.

    I was never aware of a site called JarJarmustdie.com. That is pretty disgusting. But internet and online geek fandoms have no shortage of being disgusting. But this article goes to show that a “universally” or “hated by most” character still can make it out there and not be forgotten about because of some idiots hating on them.

  4. lovelucas Says:

    What took them so long? Didn’t we always know how important Jar Jar was? Factored hugely in TPM and AotC. And it’s all about kindness, too. If the author was as slick as he think he is, he would have also noticed he was wrong about those disputed trade routes and ….hey….yippee – he was wrong about that one, too. Totally missing George’s intention – an innocent child who is being a child. IF he had appreciated all of this back in 1999 he would have enjoyed TPM as much as we do.

  5. Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

    There one movie Disney showed footage from that wasn’t a remake, reboot or adaptation of a ride and it’s the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.

    • joe Says:

      but it’s a sequel to a movie from over 50 years ago a sequel some feel is unnecessary and i’ve heard nothing about any films based on rides except that they are planning a jungle cruse movie

    • joe Says:

      i’m not against the idea of a mary poppins sequel julie andrews gave her seal of approvel and dick van dyke will have a cameo back to star wars there was no mentioning of the untitlled anthology film which many are hoping wil be about obi-wan when are they going to announce it? there will be no star wars panel at comic-con there was no mention of the han solo film hmmm i wonder what a jar jar anthology film would be like? the haters would exxplode over it

  6. Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

    You know. I’m glad wired wasn’t too harsh on Ahmed like other sites were. But, it’s seem so like it’ll take time for others to stop being nasty, too. But, I hope it works out for Ahmed in the end. I’m sure the guy’s not losing any sleep over it. It’s been almost 20 years. And, I think Jar Jar made a triumphant comeback in The Clone Wars, and, a lot of those episodes (“Shadow Warrior” and “Disappeared Parts 1&2”) were pretty universally loved by fans. So, I don’t think history is done with Jar Jar, despite what Michael Jackson and even SOME folks over in the movie biz might think. Mesa has hope. 😉

    • joe Says:

      believe it or not mj wanted to play jar jar lucas turned him down i assume for obvious reasons

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        He turned it down because GL wouldn’t accept that MJ wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like Thriller. Plus, GL felt MJ playing Jar Jar would make him too popular at the time.

      • joe Says:

        but no doubt that jackson’s public image could have had something to do with him not getting the part i don’t know i should read that again sorry

  7. phen Says:

    really I love Jarjar, he’s part of my delayed childhood. i look back to TPM and see a happier time, and a time when a man, a single man could make a movie like he wanted, damn what anyone else said.

  8. Stefan Kraft Says:

    I think there was another article about Best some years ago, but in another magazine. It was not Wired, I guess? Does anyone remember it? As far as I can tell, it was also not bad and not mean.

  9. Dave S. Says:

    There’s an interview coming up in the next issue of the sci-fi magazine Infinity. They state, “We’ll be talking to the actor who played him, Ahmed Best, and try to work out how George Lucas managed to create the most hated character in the Star Wars universe.” Need less to say, I’m not too hopeful.

  10. Stefan Kraft Says:

    I can’t help myself, I just have to re-link to this great tribute by The Phantom Menace: The Holiday:

    “The thing is, if anybody could ever be said to have the right to vent their frustration, it would be [Ahmed Best]–but no, just a class act, year in and year out.”
    There’s even a link to the EW story.
    Really, this article showed me that Mr. Best is a great and talented guy and deserves a huge amount of respect.

    • Stefan Kraft Says:

      “Really, this article showed me that Mr. Best is a great and talented guy and deserves a huge amount of respect.”
      I of course mean The Phantom Menace: The Holiday’s article, not the EW article.

    • Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

      This was a great read Stefan =D Thanks for sharing. I appreciate Ahmed more and more from reading it.

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