Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop passed away in 2009 of an overdose of propofol, a drug used in surgery. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s doctor, was found guilty of giving him an overdose of propofol as sleep aid in a trial November 2011.Zoran Veselinovic / Wiki

The "King Of Pop" had big ambitions, and part of it was to star in George Lucas' "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" as Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy and foolish Gungan. Ahmed Best, the actor who eventually got the role, said in an interview to Vice that Jackson wanted to "play the part in 'thriller' style prosthetics," reported Dailymail.

"My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don't think he wanted that," Best added.

According to Dailymail, Jackson, who was a huge Star Wars fan, wanted to play the part in all three Star Wars prequels.

The actor also revealed that his first meeting with Jackson was awkward, as he didn't get a proper introduction by Lucas. Best, who first met Jackson at his concert in Wembley Arena in London, was introduced simply as "This is Jar Jar".

A befuddled Best told Vice: "There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as Jar Jar and I was like 'That's kind of weird'. Michael was like, 'Oh. OK.' I thought "What is going on?"

Best's revelation about Jackson's ambition came later at a party when Lucas said that Jackson wanted to play the part in make-up and thriller style prosthetics, an idea that Lucas wasn't comfortable with, as he wanted to portray the character in CGI.

Many critics have found the character ridiculous and absurd, arguing that Jar Jar Binks represents the racial stereotype of a laid back Caribbean. Others have said that the Gungan's primary role in the narrative was only to provide comic relief for kids.

Reports suggest that Jar Jar Binks' death could be mentioned in J.J Abraham's upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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