The Phantom Menace, the beginning of the Star Wars prequel trilogy led by George Lucas, premiered 25 years ago. The 1999 production delved into the past of legendary characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, as well as introduced a new character, Jar Jar Binks.
Jar Jar Binks received a lot of attention from the public, but unfortunately, it was not positive. The vast majority detested the character’s comic appearances, and the criticism has only solidified over the years. However, not everyone shared the same sentiments of rejection.
Liam Neeson recently spoke about the role played by Ahmed Best and defended him. During an interview with Empire, Neeson detailed his view on the matter, which was echoed by Ewan McGregor.
Neeson mentioned that Best was fun and inventive, and both him and McGregor personally felt hurt and offended by the criticism directed at the character. Neeson also indicated that his relationship with Best was really good, as they shared several scenes together.
McGregor also expressed his affection towards Neeson, stating that working alongside him took the pressure off when portraying Kenobi. He fondly remembered the moment in which the Jedi master died in his arms.
In a quote, McGregor mentioned, “There are moments in any script that become little pinnacles, that there’s an expectation for you to reach emotionally. And that was one of them. I was very fond of Liam [Neeson]. He is such a generous and wonderful man. Playing him was super easy because he was right in the moment with me, and I was there with him.”
The Star Wars prequel trilogy continues to be a prominent part of the franchise’s legacy and has left an enduring impact on fans.