If you needed more definitive proof that Samuel L. Jackson is a badass, ask and you shall receive: In a new interview on The UK's BBC One talk show The Graham Norton Show, Jackson revealed that he actually has the purple lightsaber he brandished for his role as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, and it has the title "bad motherfucker" engraved on the side.
In the interview, Jackson also explained a little more about how his character came to be the only one wielding a purple lightsaber in the series. The story has been around for ages, but why not relive it again?
"We had this big arena fight scene with all these Jedi in there fighting and whatever. And I was like, 'Shit, I want to be able to find myself in this big old scene.' So I said to George Lucas, 'You think maybe I can get a purple lightsaber?' He’s like, 'Lightsabers are green or lightsabers are red.' And I’m like, 'Yeah, but I want a purple one.' He's like, 'Let me think about it' And when I came back to do re-shoots he said, 'Let me show you something. It’s already caused a shit storm online.' And he had the purple lightsaber and I was like 'Yeah!'"
Jackson then proceeds to hold a replica of the purple lightsaber, and comment that now that he's touched it, it's probably "worth more."
Another fun fact: Jackson revealed in 2005 that upon finding out that Mace Windu was set to die (spoiler alert?), one of his conditions was that the death be a huge, grand spectacle, because, "I don't mind dying, I just don't wanna go out like some punk." Samuel L. Jackson, everybody!
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