Voice actor Ahmed Best has defended his most famous creation JAR-JAR BINKS, insisting the staggeringly unpopular Star Wars character is a "film pioneer". The fully computer generated character was heavily criticised by Star Wars fans and film critics when he first appeared in 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE, but Best believes he paved the way for future special effect characters like Gollum from Lord Of The Rings and King Kong. He tells Empire magazine, "I have nothing but love for Jar-Jar. He was film history. He helped pave the way for Gollum and King King. I think in time Jar-Jar will be seen as a film pioneer."