I can dig it.
Apparently George Lucas was really enamored with Tupac Shakur’s talent, so much so that the jowelly Star Wars creator sought the tiny tot of a rapper for a role in his Star Wars Prequels. This would’ve been Mace Windu, according to reports, which we all fondly remember as the purple lightsaber wielding Jedi portrayed by Nick Fury, errr… I mean Jules Winnfield… dammit, I mean Samuel L. Jackson.
A pretty strange notion, since the popular urban legend is that George Lucas loved Jackson so damned much, that he catered the entire Mace Windu role to fit Jackson’s tastes. Well, I suppose if Shakur’s death disrupted the whole filming process, then Samuel L. Jackson would’ve made a fine replacement. After all, Tupac Shakur is really REALLY short. He’s not exactly the most intimidating dude in the world, and he’d look more like Yoda in stature than any of his fellow Force Masters.
Here’s what Rick Clifford of Death Row Records said about it:
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. He was telling me that he was suppose to read for [George Lucas]. They wanted him to be a Jedi… Samuel L. got Tupac’s part… He called me ‘Old Man’. He said ‘Old Man keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas’