Prequel Trilogy,  The Phantom Menace

Ahmed Best deplores the omission of Jar Jar in WIRED’s ‘history of performance-capture technology’


The article and the video in question, from WIRED:


FOR MORE THAN 15 years, Andy Serkis has been Hollywood’s go-to performance-capture guy, playing such digitally enhanced characters as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series, Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes films, and even King Kong himself. But the 53-year-old actor—whose directorial debut, Breathe, hit theaters earlier this month—believes there are still plenty of misconceptions about one of filmmaking’s most crucial innovations. “It’s not just about mimicking behavior,” Serkis says. “This is about creating a character.”

And if anyone could tell people a thing or two about performance-capture tech, it’s Serkis. In fact, he could teach a master class. In the video above he traces the history of the technology, from its early days as a videogame innovation to the glory days of Gollum to this summer’s stunning War for the Planet of the Apes, perhaps the most impressive merger yet between high-end technology and big-hearted performance. […]”

Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, reacted on Twitter.


  • joe

    again the blackballing of the prequeltrilogy continues in 100 years the prequel trilogy will be fondly remembered while the sequel trilogy will be forgotten

  • Anticitizen One

    I don’t think race has anything to do with it. Tired of that card always being thrown. Has everything to do with so-called “nerd culture” hating the PT in general and Jar Jar in particular, to the point where anything that could even be remotely construed as a positive about the PT or Jar Jar has to be ignored. The technical aspects of bringing Jar Jar to life have nothing to do with him as a character, and Ahmed Best really nailed it with his response. Shame.

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