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Star Wars' Samuel L Jackson vows to strike back and return to sci-fi franchise

Published 06/05/2016 | 11:36

Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson on The Graham Norton Show
Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson on The Graham Norton Show

Actor Samuel L Jackson has vowed he will make a return to the Star Wars films and " find his way back in somewhere".

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He played Mace Windu, the Master of the High Council in several of the popular sci-fi films, but was killed off in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith.

Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, he also revealed he was the one who had informed another of the main cast members, Mark Hamill, that another movie was being made.

He said: "I was waiting for the call. I had a conversation with Mark Hamill about it when they were auditioning people for Jedis and I said we should go over to the studio and see if we could get in the movie.

"He didn't even know there was a movie and then he ends up in it! But who knows, there's like 30 more movies coming - I'll find my way back in somewhere!"

British actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays country music star Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, revealed a scene from the film that required him to yodel had to be re-done 56 times.

He said: "When we recorded (the song) Love Sick Blues, which has a very technical yodel in it, I just couldn't get there. If I was in time, I was slightly off pitch and if I was rhythmically right, the melody was wrong. I am my own worst critic and the recording took 56 takes!"

The Thor star also commented on whether his latest hit, BBC One's The Night Manager, which ended in March, will return. The series was an adaptation of the popular novel from author John le Carre.

"The truth is we came to the end of the adaptation and there is no more night to be managed thus far," he said.

"It's in the lap of le Carre himself. But you never know."

American star John Malkovich told Graham Norton he never watches his own work, but made one exception for 1999's Being John Malkovich. Directed by Spike Jonze, the film follows a puppeteer who infiltrates Malkovich's mind.

He said: "I saw it on the day it was being submitted for the Cannes Film Festival and it wasn't funny at all. It was not good. It was really bad.

"I called Spike (Jonze) and told him I really disliked it and said, 'Please, please cancel the screening at the Cannes because if you show that you are not going to work much any more.'

"It was a terrible phone call! It was rejected for Cannes and he eventually he took my advice and cut the movie down. It was then excellent."

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on May 6 at 10.40pm.

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