By Edward Davis | The Playlist January 8, 2014 at 12:30PM
Here’s a strange, wtf what might have been of the day, though it does sound somewhat apocryphal. While Tupac Shakur was gunned down in 1996, he apparently was about to audition for 1999’s “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” In a recent video interview with 2Pac-Forum, Death Row Records’ ex-chief engineer Rick Clifford said the rapper was vying for the part of Mace Windu. ‘He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi. Yes, I’m serious — Samuel L got Tupac’s part,” Clifford said.
“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 added. "He said 'Old Man, keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas.' "
Shakur did several acting gigs before his death including roles including the co-lead in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” flanking Janet Jackson, Ernest Dickerson’s “Juice,” “Above the Rim,” “Bullet” with Mickey Rourke and “Gridlock’d” alongside Tim Roth, an actor who had a lot of praise for the rapper’s talents in several interviews after the fact. Interview clip below.