Did you know that Michael Jackson wanted to portray this clumsy character called Darth Jar Jar in Star Wars, but it could not happen as he tried to use prosthetics while the director wanted the character to be all CGI?
It is hard to believe that cute baby Yoda and Darth Jar Jar were created by the same mind. The first time I watched Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, I could not digest this clumsy character in a significant role, though it managed to pull a few laughs from me (Well, this is something which I hate to confess)
This article will tell you everything in detail – right from the origin of the theory by Lumpawarroo (a Reddit user), the encouragement of Ahmed Best (Darth Jar Jar), and will finally tell us that Is Darth Jar Jar a Sith Lord?
A piece of quick information and facts about this Star Wars character who is an excellent meme material – Have you ever noticed that Darth Jar Jar shares a resemblance with Goofy (the Disney character)? Interestingly, the prosthetic costume used for the portrayal of Darth Jar Jar (worn by Ahmed Best) was worth $100,000.
Star Wars | What’s Up With This Darth Jar Jar Theory
Read the whole article if you want to know every single thing about the Jar Jar’s theory –
1# Why did the Jar Jar theory spread like wildfire?
Ahmed Best, the man who portrayed the role of Jar Jar, kind of encouraged the Darth Jar Jar theory. This CGI-created character (and the very first, by the way) is termed a ‘key to all of this by the director. Ahmed Best once gave an interview (to Jamie Stangroom) and said that a lot had been planned for Jar Jar but was put on hold since the character was not received well by the audience.
This is the exact statement made by him – “what I can say about it is – and I kinda said this on Twitter – there’s a lot about it that’s true, there are some things that are not true. Could Darth Jar Jar have evolved into that? I think the answer is yes. Because of the backlash, and rightfully so, Lucasfilm backed off from Jar Jar a lot. But a lot of the influence I put into the character mirrored a lot of what was already in the Star Wars universe.”
He continued – “So, was there an official Darth Jar Jar in the works? That’s a George Lucas question; I can not answer that question.” May God bless George Lucas for making a call to not stretch this clumsy character for eternity!
2# Where Did The Jar Jar Theory Start?
Well, the origin of this theory can be attributed to Lumpawarroo (a Reddit user). At this time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was about to be released, and it was but natural for any fan to watch the prequels again. This rewatching gave him a different perspective.
It struck him that there was something off with the character of Jar Jar. He thought that there was something unusual with those somersaults, the physical coordination, etc. He was even convinced that his various actions were similar to Zui Quan (Martial Art called Drunken Fist Wushu). Moreover, Jar Jar was seen to be using his hand gestures to his advantage.
When he saw that Jar Jar used his hand To persuade the senate to hand control of the galaxy to Palpatine in Star Wars Attack of Clones, he was convinced that Jar Jar was a force user. Does this mean that Jar Jar and Palpatine were collaborators? (interestingly, they were from the same planet). Lumpawarroo was greatly convinced that Jar Jar was a part of Palpatine’s inner circle.
3# Hear it from the horse’s mouth
“Here, I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumping idiot he portrays himself as, in fact, a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control.”
“Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine – instead, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning, and it’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Binks throughout both trilogies.
4# Is Jar Jar a Sith Lord?
To cut it short, the reason behind the surfacing of this theory is this –
- Man, did you watch those stunts and somersaults? Don’t they seem to come from Sith, Jedi, or force-sensitive beings? Yes, I don’t like him, but I’m not blind to not even acknowledge the good things about him.
- Remember how he took down so many enemies with a blaster? Fans like to believe that he is a highly-trained Sith Lord who hides his powers by deliberately highlighting his clumsiness.
- What’s the business with his hands whenever he is convincing someone? Always in motion and always act as if being fed on viagra.
- During the intergalactic emergency, Palpatine assumed power, thanks to Jar Jar.
- Wasn’t the plan of Palpatine eerily perfect? There’s no way Jar Jar was not a part of that plan.
In a nutshell
I firmly believe that this buffoon was meant to be comic relief – that’s pretty much it. But who am I if the director himself finds the character to be his favorite? At the 2019 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas called Jar Jar his favorite character and showered praises on Ahmed Best for doing a “fantastic job; it was very, very hard.” Do not forget to enlighten us with your views on Darth Jar Jar’s theory.