6 Star Wars Myths Started By The Actors
According to Samuel L. Jackson, Mace Windu is anything but dead.
There's surely no movie franchise in history that's been as feverishly debated, dissected, and raged about as Star Wars - no, not even the Marvel Cinematic Universe - such that even its own cast have gotten in on the action.
The fantastical and mysterious nature of George Lucas' world naturally invites a ton of speculation and fan theories about, well, basically everything. But occasionally, cast members have taken it upon themselves to make some bold claims.
Unlike a random Redditor rattling off their crackpot theory, someone who actually appeared in the films will present their viewpoint with a certain degree of "authority," even if what's canon ultimately isn't up to them.
Still, these actors from across the franchise have made some pretty mighty claims, from inside baseball talk about mythical extended cuts, to discussions about their character's true intentions, and even the belief that their long-dead hero is actually still alive.
Though it's always worth taking such chit-chat with a pinch of salt until someone at Lucasfilm formally confirms it, these mighty legends have largely endured with the fanbase ever since...
6. There's A Six-Hour Cut Of The Phantom Menace - Jake Lloyd
For many, the existing 136-minute cut of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is already a pretty excruciating experience, but it's practically snappy compared to George Lucas' alleged six-hour original assembly cut.
In a 2011 interview, Anakin actor Jake Lloyd claimed that franchise sound editor Matthew Wood had seen the six-hour cut and described it as "mind-blowingly awesome."
Though it isn't at all uncommon for assembly cuts of movies to run around double their eventual length given that they tend to include most every scrap of usable footage, there still hasn't been any formal confirmation of the cut's existence by either Lucas or anyone in his inner-circle.
Then again, would extending The Phantom Menace's runtime, a film already awash in so many tedious discussions about politics and the taxation of trade routes, really improve it?
Check out Lloyd's comments about the cut at 3:55 in the clip above.