Counting down the 190 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
GEORGE KNOWS BEST
Preparing for the release of The Phantom Menace, everyone knew that Lucasfilm had a monster hit on its hands. After decades of preparation and planning, this movie was going to be a success, guaranteed. Nothing was left to chance. But not everything went as planned.
One of the biggest shocks to George Lucas and the cast and crew who worked on The Phantom Menace was that the character everyone was sure would be the breakout star of the movie turned out, in fact, to be arguably (would anyone really argue this point?) the least popular major character in Star Wars lore.
Was it Watto? Boss Nass? Ric Olie? Does anyone but me even remember these characters?
No, it was, of course, Jar Jar Binks played by actor Ahmed Best. Lucas and company and cast (including Liam Neeson who was certain that Jar Jar would steal the movie) were sure that the Gungan would be a lovable rogue, endearing himself to adults and entertaining children.
Uh, not so much, George. Not. So. Much.
There may have been other mistakes made with the prequel trilogy, but this was likely the biggest one.