Ahmed Best, the man behind Jar Jar Binks -- the universally reviled, arguably racist caricature from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace -- recently gave a lengthy interview to Vice. It's essential reading for Star Wars fans, but there's a segment of it that's essential knowledge for any American with a pulse.
This mind-blowing tidbit deals with Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop. As a connoisseur of children's films and fantasy in general, Jackson was interested in joining the cast of the Star Wars prequels during the '90s. And not just with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. No, according to Best, Michael Jackson wanted the role of Jar Jar Binks.
Let that sink in for a moment. Once you've collected yourself, read this explanation.