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: