Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Considered Suicide Following Star Wars Backlash
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"It's still hard to talk about," the actor wrote on his Twitter.

Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, announced Tuesday that he considered ending his life after the backlash he received from the role.

"20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today," Best wrote on his Twitter Tuesday along with a photo of him and his son. "This was the place I almost ended my life. It's still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival. Would this be a good story for my solo show? Lemme know."

Although he did not name the franchise directly, "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" was released in 1999, which would make the film 19 years old.

Jar Jar Binks was a fan-favorite among children, but was often made derided and criticized by "Star Wars" fans, as they believed the character didn't belong in their beloved universe. Fans weren't just unhappy with the character, they were downright mean to Best.

"I had death threats through the internet," Best told Wired in 2017. "I had people come to me and say, 'You destroyed my childhood.' That's difficult for a 25-year-old to hear."

Fan disapproval aside, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas liked Jar Jar Binks and Best went on to reprise the role in "Attack of the Clones" in 2002 and "Revenge of the Sith" in 2005.

Twitter users were quick to respond to Best's tweet and said how happy they were that he is still here. Some even used this opportunity to apologize for bashing the character many years ago.

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