I remember sitting in the movies and watching STAR WARS for the first time and thinking "Wow, how do you get something like this?" ...having no idea, just because I was a young actor in New York, doing theater. It's a long way from there to the movies. And then eventually I reached a place, in a setting like this but on a television show, and they were saying "Are there any directors you haven't worked with before that you'd like to work with?" and I was like "Uh, yeah, George Lucas, they're filming Star Wars and I'd really love to be in that." Then somebody said to George Lucas "There's this kid Sam Jackson that really wants to be in your movie." Yeah, right. Then going to the ranch and meeting George, and saying "Yeah, I'll be a stormtrooper, I don't care. I'll put on that white helmet and run across the stage. As long as I know I'm in it, I don't care if anybody else knows." And they said "We'll do better than that, don't worry about it." ... not really knowing what I was going to do. When I got there for Episode I, I hadn't seen the script, hadn't seen any pages. They just said come to London, and I went to London. They said "You have a costume fitting today." I went in for a costume fitting, and I walked into the dressing room, and there were some Jedi robes in there. I was like "What? This is mine? This is me? This is me?! I'm a Jedi?!?! GET OUT OF HERE!!!" It was like the biggest smile in the world. And you know, to end up the way my character ended up and being as important as it was is like a real blessing. And George was great about it. Like he said, he didn't know how I was going to fit into all of this, but I showed up... I did the thing I usually do. I showed up, I stayed out of the way, I learned my lines, when he needed me I hit my spots, and I didn't complain about not having anything to do. I had more and more to do as time went on, and it paid off.
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