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Star Wars: Samuel L. Jackson still has Mace Windu lightsaber

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Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the fast track to becoming the biggest movie of all time, some fans might soon start to forget the much-maligned prequel trilogy from a decade ago. Not Samuel L. Jackson. The actor, who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequels, recounted his vivid memories of filming those films to Seth Meyers on Tuesday.

“I have my lightsaber at home, and the prop department acutally put ‘BMF’ on the on-switch,” Jackson said, making a reference to the wallet his Pulp Fiction character carries in that film.

Jackson also recounted the story of how he got involved in the prequels. After mentioning that he’d like to work with George Lucas on a talk show, Jackson met the Star Wars auteur at Skywalker Ranch in California. Jackson said he would have been satisfied as a minor character (“I just want to run across the screen”) but when he showed up on set in London he was handed Jedi robes.

“Then somebody came in and gave me some sides,” Jackson said. “I was like, ‘Who’s this?’ They said, ‘Well, Mace Windu is you.’ ‘Oh. Wait, I’m talking to Yoda? Okay, all right! So I’m definitely not dying right now!’ Then somebody came in with a haliburton full of lightsaber handles and said ‘pick one,’ and I about died.”

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As to why the talented actor agreed to do Star Wars in the first place, Jackson says he often makes acting choices based on what movies he enjoyed as a child.

“I choose a lot of films because they’re films I would’ve gone to see when I was a kid,” Jackson said. “I mean, why else would you do Snakes on a Plane?”

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