Yesterday, Improv Everywhere posted a video of an attempted mission where a guy in a Jar Jar Binks from 'Star Wars' costume is supposed to uh, talk to subway passengers.
Instead of pullling off an innocuous stunt, the guy playing Binks got a little too close for comfort to some big men on the car, and fists went flying.
The video ends with a dude in a Darth Maul get-up entering the chaotic scene, and then it cuts to I.E. founder Charlie Todd in a serious stand-alone.
Todd tells viewers that the guy playing Jar Jar is going to press charges against the people who assaulted him in the video, and asks for help identifying the culprits.
If this is real, it's terrible and a sad end to something that was supposed to be fun. But the timing is a bit suspicious. Anything that happens close to, or on, April Fools' Day is always questioned. Remember when comedian Mitch Hedberg died on March 30, 2005, and the news came out on April 1? No one bought it even though it was sadly true.
But I'm inclined to believe this "Jar Jar Subway Car" video is a prank, only because what kind of mission were they planning with a Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul randomly on a subway? It doesn't seem like I.E.'s usual meticulously-planned style.
There are 'Star Wars' fans who would totally line up to punch Jar Jar, but to hit a real person? Especially when the I.E. guy in costume was being a little too aggressive?
Much like Binks in the 'Star Wars' universe, it just doesn't fit.