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'Star Wars': Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks, George Lucas Said No

Michael Jackson, like most fans, wanted to be in a "Star Wars" movie. The King of Pop campaigned for a role in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace"; he hoped to play Jar Jar Binks, an unfortunate choice for several reasons, one being that George Lucas didn't want to go in that direction. Show More Summary

Trivia: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in Full Prosthetic Make-Up In ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

You won’t find many people to argue against the claim that Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is one of the most annoying characters to ever hit the big screen. He’s a bumbling cartoon of a character who has no place in...Show More Summary

Wow, So, Michael Jackson Was Almost in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Long live Jar Jar Binks. In a new interview with VICE, Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar Jar in the second Star Wars trilogy, discusses his turbulent journey from nothingness to notoriety. Among the many haphazard gems in the Q&A, there's an anecdote involving George Lucas and The King... More »

Newswire: Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar in The Phantom Menace

In what could have been the only thing more distracting than a heavily accented space lizard doing pratfalls in the background of the most heavily anticipated sequel in science fiction movie history, Michael Jackson apparently lobbied to play the character of Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Show More Summary

The First Six ‘Star Wars’ Films Being Released as Little Golden Books by Random House

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Random House is set to release a new set of Little Golden Books based on each of the first six Star Wars films: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. The adventure-filled series of books, available to pre-order online […]

Benicio Del Toro Has Been Offered a Star Wars Villain Role Again

Del Toro was set to play Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, which could be a factor in his being offered the villain role in the follow-up to The Force Awakens "Benicio Del Toro Has Been Offered a Star Wars Villain Role Again" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. Show More Summary

STAR WARS: Aftermath Begins and New Characters

Lots of stuff about new Star Wars this week as we all decompressed from San Diego Comic-Con and listened to the John Williams Star Wars score about as many times as when The first Phantom Menace teaser came out. Ok, that last part might have just been me. Show More Summary

Star Wars Episode I: Racer was one of the better things that came out of 1999’s The Phantom Menace,

Star Wars Episode I: Racer was one of the better things that came out of 1999’s The Phantom Menace, and Mon Gazza Speedway was one of its best tracks. While there’s no new podracing game on the horizon, Victor Lammert’s cool tribute is a really close match to a shot from an imagined modern version. Read more...

This Week in Star Wars: Friction on the set of The Empire Strikes Back and a nod to Porkins!

Week to week we look at important moments in the world of Star Wars! This week sees Harrison Ford's wrap on Empire Strikes Back, an important day of filming on The Phantom Menace and a celebration of Porkins! Read the full article on...Show More Summary

NATO Crying Wolf Over Russia's Phantom Menace, But No One Believes

Although NATO officials are beating the drums over Russia's mythical military threat, Western governments are reducing defense spending while their citizens are eschewing military service, Daniel McAdams points out.

Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #362: THE PHANTOM MENACE

He’s the Ghost Who Walks. And recently he’s been walking a fine line between right and wrong. Mostly wrong. As a regular readers of ComicMix, you probably already know the eponymous star of the comic strip The Phantom. But just in case, the Phantom – real name Kit Walker – is the latest crime […]

Jake Lloyd: Star Wars Actor Suffers from Schizophrenia, Attacked Mother Just Weeks Before High-Speed Chase

Last week, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace actor Jake Lloyd was arrested following a chase with police, during which he allegedly reached speeds in excess of 110 mph. Cops tried to pull Lloyd over for driving recklessly and he proceeded...Show More Summary

Jake Lloyd Blames ‘Stolen’ Childhood For Recent Arrest

Podracing jokes aside, the actor who is best known for having portrayed a young Anakin Skywalker in the first Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace was arrested for reckless driving and failing to stop for officers June 22. Jake Lloyd remains in custody as he awaits bond to be set. Show More Summary

The Real-Life Fall of Anakin Skywalker

last monthNews : The Daily Beast

The star of ‘The Phantom Menace’ was arrested after getting into a high-speed chase with cops and crashing into a tree. But there’s more to the story of Jake Lloyd than meets the eye.

Exclusive Video of Phantom Menace Actor Jake Lloyd's Car Chase With Cops

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Jake Lloyd, the 26-year-old former child actor best known for playing Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ Jar Jar Binks biopic Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was arrested in South Carolina Wednesday after leading cops on a 100-plus MPH car chase. This is a video of that incident. Read more...

"Star Wars" star nabbed after S.C. police chase

last monthNews / Crime : Crimesider

Jake Lloyd allegedly exceeded 100 mph before leaving highway and hitting some trees; he played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

Car Wars? Anakin Skywalker Child Actor Arrested After High Speed Police Chase — The Police Force Is With Him

Jake Lloyd, the former child actor who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase that ended with him… READ ON

'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker ... Car Chase Hit 117 MPH Before Crash

Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars -- The Phantom Menace -- hit speeds of 117 MPH as he swerved in and out of traffic before hitting a bunch of trees. TMZ broke the story... Lloyd is in custody after the wild…

“Star Wars” Actor Jake Lloyd Arrested After Weekend Car Chase

last monthHumor / odd : Nerd Bastards

Oh, Ani!  Has Jar-Jar been that bad of an influence on you?  As first reported by TMZ, the actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace was involved in a bit of a crazy scenario over the weekend that evokes meme-like comparisons to his pod-racing days. According to police reports, […]

Anakin Skywalker Arrested After Car Chase, Crash

Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, was arrested after a car chase in Charleston, South Carolina, that ended when he plowed into some trees. Lloyd, 26, was arrested on charges of reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

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