Who likes Jar Jar Binks? Even among the few Star Wars fans you encounter who don’t hate the bumbling Gungan, no one actually likes him. Right? Well, apparently George Lucas’ greatest mistake has at least one fan: Twilight star, and depressed teenage vampire, Robert Pattinson.
Given the advent of a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, everyone in Hollywood has been asked if they’d like to participate, and R-Pats is no exception. Asked if he’d accept a role in any future excursions to a galaxy far, far away, he replied, “In Star Wars? Oh, absolutely. In a heartbeat.”
Here’s where things get interesting, and a little sad. As a follow-up question, he was asked, even if the character he was asked to play is Jar Jar?
His response is disheartening for any grown-ass adult. He said, “I actually kind of like Jar Jar. I don’t understand what the big deal is about Jar Jar.”
At least then Jar Jar wouldn’t be an obnoxious, vaguely racist caricature. Sure, a mopey, messy-haired naval-gazer isn’t that much better, but in this case it’s hard to get any worse. You know he wants be a taken seriously as an actor. After all, he did star in David Cronenberg’s tedious adaptation of Don Delillo’s Cosmopolis earlier this year. If that doesn’t scream, “Won’t somebody take me seriously, pretty, pretty please?” I don’t know what does.
Can you imagine what playing Jar Jar Binks, combined with his sparkly vampire dreamboat, would do to that quest for acting legitimacy? It’s enough to make you laugh out loud.