Michael Jackson almost played Jar Jar Binks | Consequence of Sound

Michael Jackson soared in his role as a scary yet dance-crazed zombie in his classic clip for “Thriller”. Turns out he wanted to use the same prosthetics and makeup approach from that performance for another acting job: Jar Jar Binks in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately for The King of Pop, though, he didn’t get the gig.


Would this have made the infamously terrible Star Wars character more bearable? What if he was not a CGI cartoon character, but Michael Jackson?! I think the biggest problem with Jar Jar was that the CGI design looked too childish. It was trying to appeal to a younger audience by making the seasoned audience feel silly. Could Michael Jackson have pulled this off? Could he have appealed to an audience both young and old? It definitely would have been a much creepier Jar Jar Binks.