George Lucas had Tupac Shakur in Mind for Mace Windu?

George Lucas had Tupac Shakur in Mind for Mace Windu?

During an interview former Chief Engineer of Death Row Records, Rick Clifford, gave an account that the deceased rapper actually read for the part of Mace Windu back in '96. Hit the jump for details!


Over at 2PacForumChannel, there are a ton of untold stories and info about the late rapper's life including this bit about Tupac's involvement in the Star Wars franchise before he passed away.

Clifford had this to say...
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'.


Do you think Tupac Shakur would have made a better Mace Windu than Samuel L. Jackson?

Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world
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DrDoom - 1/5/2014, 5:23 PM
JoeMomma29 - 1/5/2014, 5:31 PM
Why not the dude still releases an album every year!
jlabatman - 1/5/2014, 5:32 PM
That would have been just downright suck-ass awful!
ALegendaryPanda - 1/5/2014, 5:32 PM
SuperCat - 1/5/2014, 5:43 PM
Oh God. That would have been terrible.
MrCBM56 - 1/5/2014, 5:44 PM
That is... An odd choice to put it nicely.
Enki - 1/5/2014, 5:49 PM
I believe that he would have been a very interesting addition to the ensemble of the prequels.

In my opinion Shakur may have given to the role of Mace Windu a more complex intensity. It's still so sad that he was taken so soon.
Dumegg - 1/5/2014, 6:02 PM
We really dodged on bullet on that one.
GuardianAngel - 1/5/2014, 6:05 PM

Did we? Did we really?
GuardianAngel - 1/5/2014, 6:06 PM
Because honestly, this looks like a point blank shot.

MrReese - 1/5/2014, 6:14 PM
Pac was & still is the shit.Nuff said.
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 6:16 PM
Actually there's a "Tuoac Biopic" set to start production this February. Michael B. Jordan has already auditioned for the role and from the sound of it they just want to know if he can rap. He claimed he replied that he could so he may actually get the role.

The film is also said to focus Tupac Shakur's last days from California to the night in Vegas when he was fatally shot.

Shakur's mother Alfeni Shakur will help produce the biopic alongside LT Hutton. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was confirmed to be the director for the film back in 2011 but it seems the script wasn't completely polished at that point.

When you think about it, this film could really gross a LOT of cash seeing that Tupac's music is still relevant to this day. There's memes everywhere of the guy and even clothing being marketed around the world. It's going to be a very inspiring film.
Dumegg - 1/5/2014, 6:17 PM
@guardianangel - we did. To bad Tupac didn't.
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 6:28 PM
And Pac was a great actor. He actually wanted to quit doing music and move on to writing his own screenplays. But when he tried so many other artist called him out with inappropriate remarks which resulted in him making albums like "All Eyes on Me" and "The 7-Day Theory" after he signed a contract to put him on death row records with the owner "Suge Knight" He actually wrote his first screenplay while he was in prison. The screen play was titled "Live to Tell" which was actually supposed to be focused on his life and the way he saw it. He loved Shakespeare's literature works and felt that his life was actually an urban tragedy.

You all can say what you want but Pac really felt the roles he played. He even hated the fact that he always had to play roles which threw out false perceptions of himself of being a thug and murderer. He said himself that he would study roles of the characters he received in scripts. He would give the character a voice and mindset and throw it all out on screen.

-Poetic Justice

We're all my favorite Pac films. The man wasn't what the media claimed him to be. Just you-tube interviews of him and see how ahead of his generation he was.
RocketRampage - 1/5/2014, 6:29 PM
This smells like BS to me. Wasnt the role of Windu made specifically for Jackson after he begged Lucas to be in the film? Im sure i remember Lucas and Sam Jackson saying so.
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I believe that he would have been a very interesting addition to the ensemble of the prequels.

In my opinion Shakur may have given to the role of Mace Windu a more complex intensity. It's still so sad that he was taken so soon.

Agreed to the fullest man.

-R.I.P Pac!
bigshow2312 - 1/5/2014, 6:40 PM

No, he wrote multiple scripts while imprisoned. 'Live to Tell' is the only one actually given the green light. Oh, He was suppose to play Larenz Tate's character in Menace II Society and Bubba in Forest Gump.
bigshow2312 - 1/5/2014, 6:42 PM

I thought so too. IDK, maybe he was considering having a character of color in the film long before Windu.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 6:46 PM
Why I never liked 2Pac:

1) Started off as a faggy back up dancer for Digital Underground then somehow became this bad ass Gangsta.
2) Made songs about treating women with respect and dignity, then the next song on the CD was the exact opposite, "thats why I [frick]ed yo' bitch you fat mutha [frick]a!"
3) Made songs about stopping violence and living in peace, then the next song on the tape was talking about blasting people and killin cops and selling drugs.

I could go on and on, the same ting can be said about a lot of rappers, and I am a huge Hip Hop fan, HUUGE! But it really makes me think, that when I see people with 2Pac or Biggie shirt depicting them as Angels and these wonderful people that were so great and Jesus-like, did they even listen to the lyrics???

"When I get dusted, I like to spread the blood like mustard
Trust it, my hardcore rain leaves you rusted
Move over Lucifer, I'm more ruthless, huh
Leave your toothless, you'll kibbitz, I'll flip it
Tears don't affect me, I hit 'em with the tech G
Disrespect me - my potency is deadly
I'm shootin babies, no ifs ands or maybes
Hit mummy in the tummy if the hooker plays a dummy
Slit the wrist of little sis
After she sucked the dick, I stabbed her brother with the icepick
because he wanted me to [frick] him from the back
but Smalls don't get down like that
Got your father hiding in a room; [frick]ed him with the broom
Slit him down the back and threw salt in the wound
Who you think you're dealing with?
Anybody step into my path is [frick]ing feeling it!
Hardcore, I got it sucked like a pussy
Stab ya til you're gushy, so please don't push.. me
I'm using rubbers so they won't trace the semen
The black demon, got the little hookers screaming
Because you know I love it young, fresh and green
with no hair in between, know what I mean?" ---- BIGGIE SMALLS

Thats sick. But we put these guys on a mantle and t shirts.

Sorry, rant over.
(BTW, my favorite rapper is Project Pat, but I do understand and realize he is a criminal and not a "good person.")
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 6:47 PM

That's what I meant, I should've said "his first green-lit screenplay" And yeah I know about his Menace to Society role. But because of the feud he had with the Hughes Brothers he lost the role. He was also supposed to have starred as Jodye in "Baby-Boy". Due to the fact that he died before the films production Tyrese was given the role instead. And yeah, I'm hip to the Forest Gump role as well. It's funny how people think Pac was "just" a rapper...smh I could go on with so many other lost interviews I've listened to featuring Mr.Shakur but this IS a comic book site and I don't want to flood the post with that much information. lol

-Respect my brotha!
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 6:50 PM
Before I am attacked, I loved their music, but I could never get why people acted like they were these saints, or wonderful people. They made money off telling people about how they sold drugs, "killed" or would kill people, and pimpin. Then they have a track on their album about love and stop killin each other and be good to women.

I know I sound strange, cause I love the music, but don't get why people worship them like they were Mother Teresa.
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 7:03 PM

1.) Pac joined Digital Underground AFTER he got off the streets from selling dope. He stated himself that he didn't know how to sell drugs and when the drug dealers discovered he could write poetry better than he could sell drugs they told him that the streets wasn't for him and how much of a talented gift he had. So eventually he would discover digital underground through a Caucasian woman (who's name I can't remember) who took him in and became his manager. He got off the streets and put his talent to use by also making tracks with Digital Underground as well. So he just didn't "dance" with them. The dancing was part of the performances for songs they did tracks on. He wasn't a "gangster" he never robbed or murdered anyone. Listen to his albums "2pacalypse Now","Thug Life" and "Me Against the World" and tell me he was just a Gangster. He spoke out on police brutality at that time during the 90's. The women who he only referred to as "bi***es were women who would put a price on their body by degrading themselves and/or women who were out to destroy everything a man stood for by causing drama and putting them through hell. Like the woman who accused him of that false sex charge after there was no evidence to support the claim that Tupac raped her.

He said himself when he wrote most of his songs he would sometimes be the watcher,, the storyteller or things he could relate to that he's been through. So the things you may have heard from his mouth were things out of a pimps, prostitute's or gangsters mouth.

He was just keeping it real, you can't act like these things aren't out there. He wanted to make sure people were aware of the situations going on within the streets.
bigshow2312 - 1/5/2014, 7:06 PM

Yeah, i just wanted to start a convo with another pac fan. You mentioned that Michael b auditioned for the role in the biopic. Im curious, do you think he's right? My vote goes to Alfred E Rutherford.

Dude, that's why he's so celebrated. For me, I think he's like the anti-hero of hip hop. Most rappers have a good side or just a bad. For Pac, neither side outweighed the other. He would talk about respecting women, then go make a song calling them out of their name. Or he would talk about peace in black communities yet he was involved in the east-west war. He was completely compassionate about both contradicting beliefs; the people that knew him could never point their finger on who he really was (a walking enigma).
bigshow2312 - 1/5/2014, 7:08 PM
Oh your talking about Leila Steinberg. He use to do a lot with her, if you know what i mean, to have a place to stay.
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 7:10 PM

And I see exactly where you're coming from. As for Biggie I can agree with you on some of your claims. He told very gritty stories and basically wasn't afraid to tell it like it was. I guess only people alienated from those environments he told stories from were fascinated with those horrible gritty lyrics because they told stories of a life they would probably never understand. But I mean I see what you're saying. People raving about lyrics so degrading and thrilling but in the end violence sells more to the public than the positive themes.

My most favorite Rapper right now is Nas because he speaks of empowerment to the black race rather than just degrading them of things they don't own or have. He spits history and less fantasy!
TheGreenBastard - 1/5/2014, 7:12 PM
I can't believe this an article. Tupac was overrated.
TheRationalNerd - 1/5/2014, 7:23 PM

Haha, it's all understood bro! And yeah man, I saw that I was surprised you know? Michael B. Jordan is a great actor. I haven't seen "Fruitvale Station" but I heard that his performance within the film was very dramatic and powerful. I think he has the acting skills for sure but the only thing that reminds me of Pac when I look at him is the smile.

That was my first time ever seeing Alfred E Rutherford. He did a magnificent job. I would totally be down with seeing him get the chosen part! Wow! Not bad at all, he should just slowdown his monologue and he'd be fine.
Pheezmatic - 1/5/2014, 7:30 PM
damn youngns..
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 7:33 PM
I hear you. I just don't get it. Kinda like when people wear Scarface (movie) T-shirts…..HE WAS A TERRIBLE PERSON!!!!! WTF?!?!?!?!

I love NAS, but its sad that he is not as popular nowadays because he has meaningful, and thoughtful lyrics.

All anybody wants to hear these days if godamn Lil Wayne make noises and fake as Drake.

I am a huge 3-6 Mafia fan, but I do understand they are pretty bad dudes. HAHA. But honestly, right now my favorite rapper is probably Kanye, even though he is a freaking idiot in real life, and egotistical moron…..his songs and lyrics are deep.
bigshow2312 - 1/5/2014, 7:35 PM

Yeah, I just hope the biopic is Tupac the artist not Makaveli. All these audition tapes I see are people impersonating his Makaveli persona. I dont want that. Give me all the faces; from 1-25. If you go back and watch his clips, every year/album he had different gestures, voice, vocab, style and perspective on life. Now that I think about it, Jordan may be our best bet.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 7:36 PM
In my CD player right now: 6 disc

TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light
The Roots: Game Theory
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 808 and Heartbreaks, and Yesus
Project Pat: Walking Bankroll
arbroathhiphop - 1/5/2014, 9:01 PM
I'll start by saying i rarely comment here, but i am on this site every day without fail! i love hearing stories, especially these "what if" stories. My life revolves around comics and hip hop, so after reading this, i guess i had to log in and comment lol

Pac was, and probably always will be one of the most honest people in the media, not just in hip hop, but in music. Period. I actually own a copy of the book "the rose that grew from concrete" which contains poems he had written, and honestly, the way he uses words to express what has happened to him or people around him, it just blows me away when i look to that book for inspiration. Tupac was portrayed pretty bad in the media, but knowing that before all the fame and craziness, he attended an arts college where he learned a number of skills (even ballet dancing!), so i also feel it would have been a completely different and interesting take on windu if he had lived and gotten the role.

The conversation that you two are having is really interesting, some i knew, a lot i didn't. Makes me miss what he could have been now, being as ahead of his time as he was.

Yours sincerely,
The white scottish hip hop head

on a side note, there's a clip of pac in the resurrection documentary where he is backstage doing an impression of Rick James, singing super freak. Hilarious. Dude would have been excellent in comedy movies too!
Facade - 1/5/2014, 9:05 PM
Could've been far worse...I guess.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 9:33 PM
I just think its hilarious that he was THUG LIFE…with machine guns tattoo'd on him, but in reality he was far from it. Fake.

If your a poet, own it, don't claim to be something you are not.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 9:57 PM
^Pac shot at two cops and kicked gas brothers asses, and what about the rape charges and other arrests. Precisely why I don't see why people worship him as some kind of saint. Great rapper, awesome entertainer, probably the best rapper….thats debatable. But definitely far from a saint.

tupac angel photo:  tupac_angel.jpg

gimme a break.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 10:13 PM
Was Pac the greatest rapper of all time? I would say no….most respected? Probably yes. Hell, MC Hammer sold more records than PAC if you want to rate it by sales. I would say, he is one of the greatest, not THE greatest, thats a matter of opinion. I own many, many rap albums, my first tape was the Friday soundtrack, then soon after ATLiens, and then Cypress Hill, then on and on, but I honestly NEVER bought a PAC album, just didn't dig him personally.

Record Sales:

Popular opinion usually has NAS, PAC, BIGGIE, RAKIM, and JAY-Z in there.
Jobin - 1/5/2014, 10:53 PM
I disgree. He is extremely respected. He was good, he was great, but no one can ever be the greatest. The most respected, and has a special place in peoples hearts...yes. But I dont think he was the greatest. That is a matter of opinion. Yes Project P is a ABC rapper, I just like him, never said he was the best, not even close.

In my opinion, EMINEM is the best so far, his lyrics are meaningful, his styles vary, and are complex as well as simple, he sells like a champ, and he has staying power. I mean, seriously, EMINEM is sick. NAS is right there with him. AS WELL AS TUPAC!!! But TUPAC is not the greatest......just like Ali wasn't the greatest, because Mike Tyson would have mopped the floor with him.....its a matter of opinion.
sameoldthing - 1/6/2014, 12:24 AM
Yea..Sam Jackson got Lucas to put him in the movie.
Sam Jack is badass,2 Pac was just a thug.
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