Weird probably impossible idea, could C-3PO replace both TC-14 and JarJar in the Phantom Menace?
3PO belongs to the trade federation and greets Qui-Gon and Obi on the ship in the beginning (re colored and redubbed with an Anthony Daniels soundalike or Daniels’ voice clips from cartoons/radio dramas etc.)
Then he somehow accidentally stumbles onto one of the federation drop ships and winds up on the surface, saved by Qui-Gon instead of JarJar (would have to rotoscope out JarJar frame by frame and composite in new footage of an actor in 3PO costume). He accompanies them from then on, and his meet cute with R2 is moved earlier to the scene when Padme is cleaning R2 (3PO again replacing JarJar)
Could lead to some fun exchanges:
You almost got us killed! Are you brainless?
I’ll have you know, I’m fluent in over six million forms of-
The ability to speak doesn’t make you intelligent. Now get out of here.
I’ve thought about replacing jar jar with 3po for some time now. I think it would work but would of course take a ton of work to pull off convincingly.