With over 100 film and TV credits to his name, it would an understatement to say Samuel L. Jackson is one of the greatest living actors. While he’s only just recently received an (honorary) Oscar for his work, in a recent interview with the LA Times, he made it abundantly clear that he never became an actor for the accolades.
Speaking candidly, the icon said he preferred roles in bigger films than ones that would only serve to please Oscar voters. He said, “As jaded as I wanted to be about it, thinking ‘Well, I should have won an Oscar for this or should have won for that and it didn’t happen,’ once I got over it many years ago, it wasn’t a big deal for me.”
He added “I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor [or] my yardstick of success is my happiness: Am I satisfied with what I’m doing? I’m not doing statue-chasing movies. You know [whispers]: ‘If you do this movie, you’ll win an Oscar.’ No, thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in my hand.”
Now, that last line might catch the attention of Star Wars fans, particularly those who have been clamoring for the actor to return to the franchise since Emperor Palpatine seemingly left him for dead at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
Although, it was widely believed that Windu had died, in 2016 Samuel L. Jackson made a great case as to why there’s a chance he’s still alive.
This isn’t the first time Jackson weighed in on his character’s life in the franchise. Shortly after John Boyega was cast in the sequel trilogy, Jackson famously went up to him at a party and “joked” that he was playing Mace Windu’s son.
Now, obviously, there’s no concrete proof that Jackson will return to the franchise – at least any time soon. But this is as vocal as he’s ever been about reprising the character. If Temuera Morrison could do it, why not Jackson?
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a perfect example of just how possible it would be to explore the arcs of older characters in short form. With Jackson set to headline his own Disney+ series next year, Secret Invasion, it seems as if all the pieces are on the board. The now Disney-owned Lucasfilm might just need to find a strong enough story to bring him back.