Newswire: Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar in The Phantom Menace

In what could have been the only thing more distracting than a heavily accented space lizard doing pratfalls in the background of the most heavily anticipated sequel in science fiction movie history, Michael Jackson apparently lobbied to play the character of Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That revelation comes courtesy of actor and producer Ahmed Best, the man who beat out the alien-loving megastar for the coveted role. Best actually mentioned his casting triumph in a

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