BH Buzz: Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Jar Jar Binks In Star Wars
Plus, Mariah Carey is in love and Zayn is bros with Liam Payne, bro.
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■ You read that headline correct. Ahmed Best, the man who created the awkward comedic relief character Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, says Michael Jackson wanted a major role in the film as Binks.
“Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids, we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert,” Best said in a new interview. “We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar’ and I was like, That’s kind of weird. Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.’ I thought, What is going on? After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I’m having a drink with George and I said, ‘Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?’ He said, ‘Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like “Thriller.”‘ George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that.”
■ Katy Perry shows off her killer pixie cut for Japan’s Vogue:
■ Even Fifth Harmony are surprised “Worth It” is so popular. [Billboard]
■ Come Aug. 16 at 8 P.M., Ed Sheeran will take over NBC with a special one-off concert Live at Wembley Stadium that’ll feature “unseen documentary footage with exclusive access that captures the build up around Ed’s historic, record-breaking shows at the iconic venue, where he played to 240,000 fans across three memorable, sold-out nights.” Sheeran said of the special, “I can’t say that performing at Wembley Stadium was a ‘dream come true,’ because I honestly thought it was out of reach and didn’t think it was possible.”
■ Chris Brown finally received clearance to leave the Philippines.
■ Mariah Carey wants babies with her new billionaire boyfriend. [Music News]
■ One Direction bandmate Liam Payne thanked all five guys for the major success the group has seen since starting five years ago. Zayn, surprisingly, responded.