Black Magic: African-Americans in Fantasy Films

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Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

This genre icon turned in his signature black trench coat for a light saber when he portrayed Jedi master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels. Legend has it that Jackson gave director George Lucas one condition before accepting the role: when he died, he would be killed in a "spectacular fashion," not "like some punk."

(Photo: Courtesy Lucas Films)

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