Tupac Shakur Was Almost In Star Wars?

2PacForumChannel recently interviewed Death Row Records’ chief engineer Rick Clifford. Among the many things he had to say about Tupac Shakur was an interesting bit of Star Wars trivia. Just when we think we’ve heard every Tupac anecdote, some new mindblowing thing comes along.

CBM tipped us to this interview in which Clifford claims Tupac Shakur almost wielded Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber with “Bad Motherf*cker” engraved on the hilt. He briefly talks about Shakur’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace audition starting about half a minute into this video. The audio’s little muffled, so here’s the transcript.

“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 and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi. Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part. ‘Old Man’ — 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’.”

We’re not sure if he was reading for the role of Mace Windu or if Clifford jumped to that conclusion later. Maybe ‘Pac was reading for another role…

I want to post that GIF of Tupac laughing in every post from now on. Context irrelevant.

Dave MacDowell‘s “Chew-Bac” courtesy of Gallery1988. Banner via.