Date: 30th May 2002

Samuel Defends Jar Jar Binks

Movie star Samuel L Jackson has leaped to the defence of new
Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks.
The bizarre creature was introduced alongside Jackson's
character Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and has been the subject of a barrage of criticism from film critics and fans.

Samuel remarked that people sniping about Binks, who also
appears in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), was "stupid."
The Pulp Fiction (1994) actor believes some people have analysed the character in a racial sense because it was voiced by a black man Ahmed Best.
Samuel says, "The fact that Ahmed was doing that character may have sent people to that place. But people want to find things, or they want to assign things to everything. And that's not always necessary."
And his Clones co-star Hayden Christensen adds, "I think he's
a fine character. Hopefully after seeing 'Episode II,' critics
will sort of realize his purpose in these films. Sometimes you
need silly characters to do silly things."

Source: Press Release