No fan of the Star Wars franchise will ever forget the (supposed) death of Samuel L. Jackson's character, the Jedi Master Mace Windu. In Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, Windu attempts to strike down Darth Sidious, only to be betrayed by a manipulated Anakin (soon to be initiated as the infamous Darth Vader).
In an act of desperation, Anakin dismembers Mace Windu's right arm before Palpatine throws him out of a tower using the Force. While fans have mourned the death of the Jedi, Samuel L. Jackson claims there is no need. According to the actor, his role lives on.
In a recent Q&A via Twitter, Jackson answered the following question: Who's idea was it to kill Mace Windu? [sic]. The actor answered this by throwing George Lucas under the bus, but in Jackson's defense, Lucas threw him off a tower. Samuel went beyond the question at hand and added his own take on the reality behind his character's misfortunes.
Take a look at the below Twitter video to listen to his bold claim:
That's right! While Jackson was clearly not thrilled with Lucas's idea of killing his character off in Episode III, Windu's fate still hasn't persuaded him. He believes that the Jedi's survival can be attributed to the fact that "Jedi can fall incredibly hiiiiigh distances and not die."
Unleashing this theory required further explanation, so Entertainment Weekly recently set up an interview with the Star Wars actor via their SiriusXM radio channel:
When asked if he truly thinks the Master Jedi is still alive, Samuel enthusiastically answered:
“Of course he is! Jedi can fall from amazing distances. And there’s a long history of one-handed Jedi. So why not?”
In response to whether he's ever discussed his theory with anyone, Jackson admitted that he's only told his secret to one other person:
“No, only George [Lucas]. But George doesn’t have anything to do with it anymore! [. . .] George is like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive.'”
When the interviewer inquired about whether Jackson believed that in the meantime Windu's been "laying low like Obi-Wan," he agreed, adding that he'd be more than willing to return to the franchise.