George Lucas names his favourite Star Wars character – and fans are outraged

Dan Seddon
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From Digital Spy

Star Wars creator George Lucas has revealed his favourite character from the franchise – and fans are outraged by his choice.

During the recent Star Wars Celebration event held in Chicago, a pre-recorded message from the filmmaker welcomed attendees at the panel for The Phantom Menace's 20th anniversary.

As it turns out, Lucas is a devoted fan of none other than Jar Jar Binks, which he previously alluded to back in 2015.

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"Thank you for coming to the Celebration," Lucas declared in the intro video, "[The Phantom Menace] is one of my favourite movies and of course Jar Jar is my favourite character. Ahmed [Best], you did a fantastic job. It was very, very hard."

However, after learning about this, fans have poured onto social media to field their thoughts.

However, others were a little more sympathetic towards the polarising character.

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Meanwhile, actor Simon Pegg previously shared his regret over initially hating the Gungan character after the actor who plays him shared the dark time he suffered as a result of the public backlash.

"I feel so ashamed of the fact that there was a victim, a human victim in that," he reflected.

"I think most people were regarding Jar Jar Binks like he was a real creature. And wailing on him for being annoying, or whatever, or not liking him. But there was a person behind that. And I read that and just thought, 'I'm one of those people.' It makes me feel awful."

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