Rolling Stone recently published an article that late rapper Tupac Shakur auditioned to play Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Apparently Tupac was in contact with Rick Clifford after he found out about Clifford’s involvement in movies. Although the role was given to actor Samuel L. Jackson, according to a recent interview between Clifford and 2Pac-Forum, Tupac told Clifford that he actually read a script for Star Wars genius George Lucas and that they wanted him to be a Jedi. Shooting for the movie began (June 1997) after Tupac‘s death (Septmeber 1996).
According to MTV, not only did Tupac audition for Star Wars but he also auditioned for the role of Bubba in Forest Gump. Tupac clearly wanted to accomplish a lot more than just his rapping career. Imagine if one of the best-selling music artists in the world – a man who sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010 – also acted in a legendary movie series (Star Wars) and a movie (Forrest Gump) that won 6 academy awards! Ultimately, Tupac appeared in seven movies in his lifetime, most notably starring in Poetic Justice and Above the Rim.