b'Reliable Advisor. Resourceful Advocate. Ahmed Best in the motion capture suit for the character of Jar Jar Binks in the 1999Your Partner in prequel Star Wars: Episode IThe Phantom Menace. Real Estate Success.WhileBestwasinitiallyhiredtotype you can imagine, Best says in a perform just the motion capture, hevideo recorded about the moment he would also take on the voice of Jar Jarcontemplated suicide. There was thisDiscover why sellers trust Stacie Levy which was of his creation. We werecriticism of being this Jamaican, broken really the impetus for George thinkingdialect,whichwasoffensivebecause that its time for a main [CGI] char- Im of West Indian descentIm notStacie LevyacterThe team helped craft the artJamaican. It was debilitating. [] TheSales Associateform that is now CGI, and we knewonlythingIcouldthinkoftomakestacie.levy@compass.comwe were going out on a limb and mak- me feel better was to walk across thec: 917.686.3821o: 973.310.6816ing mistakes, he says. Brooklyn Bridge. But this time when The outpouring of negativity tookI walked across the bridge, I didnt seeCompass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by equal housing opportunity laws.its toll on Bests mental health. Not longthe lights of Manhattan. I didnt see the after the reviews came out, Lucas calledtowers [or] the potential of hard work Besttodiscussthesituation.Iwasand ingenuity. [] I felt tired of having walkingthroughWashingtonSquareto defend myself and defend my work. I Park and [Lucas] called me on my Mo- felt tired of having to fight back against torola StarTAC, Best recalls. Georgeracism and the racial stereotypes. I just said that 20 years from now, this is go- wanted to play a part.ing to be a completely different story.We were all very disturbed by that He was so matter-of-fact about it. Atinterpretation,andveryconcerned the time, all I could see was my careerabout Ahmed, says Carol Petrallia, a going down the drain. At 26 years oldlong-timeMaplewoodresidentwhoLIMITED SPACE REMAINS when the movie came out, I was verywas Bests English teacher at both Ma-much prepared for this to be a ladder toplewood Middle School and Colum- Academic Year the next step. And it turned into a pinebia High School. After retiring from2023/2024overcoat. I couldnt escape it. teaching in 2006, she has served as an Iwascalledeveryracialstereo- archivist, working with the Columbia Join theMorrow Family! Play-based Preschoolfor 2.5 to 5 year olds.REGISTRATION OPEN NOWwww.morrowpreschool.org600 Ridgewood RdMaplewood, NJ973-763-5460Ahmed Best first developed Jedi Master Kelleran Beq when he hosted the childrens game show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.feature story /15'