Tupac Was Reportedly Considered For A Role In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Darth Shakur?

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Tupac was a rapper, actor and music icon, but he was supposed to have been a Jedi–at least according to a new interview with Death Row Records’ former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford.

In a recent interview with a 2Pac fan site, Clifford revealed that Samuel L. Jackson took what could have been Tupac’s role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. “Yeah, he called me ‘Old Man’,” Clifford said in the interview. “He said ‘Old Man, keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas’.”

“It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on ’90210,’ then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff,” Clifford said in the interview. “He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them.” Adding that, “They wanted him to be a Jedi. Yes, I’m serious. Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part.” Yep, Shakur could have played Mace Windu, a Jedi Master on the High Council.

While Lucas has not commented on Clifford’s statement, Tupac’s acting aspirations were no secret. The rapper studied acting at the Baltimore School For The Arts before becoming a music star, and had started to make moves into Hollywood with roles in Juice, Poetic Justice and Above the Rim in the early ’90s.

You can watch the interview with Rick Clifford here:

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4 comments
TheDannerDaliel
TheDannerDaliel

as if George Lucas had a clue what The Phantom Menace was about in 1996....  I bet he still has no clue.   I could believe Pac might have been up for RED TAILS.  That movie was on and off  for decades before Lucas got it made.

WFinchner
WFinchner

This is a blatant lie. Samuel L. Jackson himself went to Lucas and asked if he could be in it because he was such a huge fan. How can anyone publish stories that any casual fan would know are lies? There is no journalistic integrity here whatsoever.

"When reporters asked me, 'Are there any directors you want to work with that you haven't worked with before,' I would say, 'George Lucas is about to do the Star Wars thing, I'd really love to work with him.' And I said that often enough that somebody heard it and told him. I got invited to the Ranch to see if I was serious about that. Yeah, sure! You can make me a stormtrooper if you want, I don't care—as long as I know I'm in the movie, I don't care if anybody else knows or not."


"Jackson was surprised to learn that the part had been specifically written for him."


Don't make me do your job for you, Melissa.

Richard78
Richard78

@WFinchner 

I'm just curious. How is she lying? She is reporting on an interview that was done and posted online? Perhaps he was considered for a part.  The only real prominent role of African American representation is the Mace W. Character. HThe assumption could be made that was the role he would have been offered. The only person that knows any different Is George Lucas. To bash someone's integrity is to have facts to back it up. She reported a store with video and interview to back it up. She had facts to back up this article and to get the conversation going. So once again how did she lie?