Let’s talk about Mace Windu. This powerful warrior and wise leader is one of the strongest Jedi in its history, and today we’ll take a look at his history, and behind-the-scenes information.
Born seventy-two years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) on the planet Haruun Kal, Mace Windu brought to the Jedi temple at the standard age of six months. At an early age, he developed the strange Shatterpoint ability, able to see how he would affect future actions, as well as the vulnerabilities of opponents. He traveled to the planet of Hurikane to create his distinctive purple lightsaber. Before becoming a Jedi Master, he went on many missions and trained several force-adepts as Jedi.
Prodigious in the force, Windu became a Jedi Master at the age of twenty-eight. He would eventually rise to become Master of the Order, making him the leader of the Jedi Council. He was only behind Yoda in rank.
Windu would stay active while on the council, leading diplomatic and peace-keeping missions, including ones to Yinchorr, Malastare, tracked and killed murderers, dealt with revolutions and civil wars alike, dealt with terrorists on Coruscant, as well as adding to the great reservoir of Jedi teachings. He also developed a new style of lightsaber fighting, Vaapad, to help make his weakness to the dark side a valid strength.
During the invasion of Naboo, Windu first met Anakin, voting not to train him due to his age and uncertain future. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s death, Windu and the other masters appointed Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Skywalker.
Mace Windu was present at the first battle of the Clone Wars on Geonosis, fighting and killing Jango Fett. Like all the Jedi, Windu was busy during the Clone Wars, acting as high Jedi General. He encountered his old friend Sora Bulq, who was a Jedi against involvement in the war, but who was tricked into fighting Windu by Asajj Ventress. Bulq revealed he was a confederate agent, and had fallen to the dark side, and Windu killed him.
Windu battled on many worlds, including Simocadia, Haruun Kal, Ryloth, Juma 9, and many others. Near the end of the war, Windu and other council members detected a dark side influence around Chancellor Palpatine. They saw him turning into a dictator, and did not trust him to return his emergency powers. When Windu was told by Anakin Skywalker that Palpatine was actually the Sith Master behind the Clone Wars, Windu resolved to arrest him.
Windu and three others attempted to arrest Palpatine, but were forced into a battle with the Chancellor instead. Windu was the only one who survived the initial charge, and a furious battle followed. Windu overpowered the Chancellor, but Skywalker intervened and gave Palpatine the opportunity to kill Windu.
Behind the Scenes
Mace Windu was originally from the thirteen-page treatment that George Lucas wrote for Star Wars, though entirely different from how he is in the movies.
Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Windu in the movies, strived to add his own originality to the character, asking to have a purple lightsaber (purple is Jackson’s favorite color, and likes to have an item of that color in each movie he’s in), keeping his head bald, and asking that, for Episode III, Mace Windu “Not die like some punk.”
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