Actors’ Spotlight #56: Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Jackson’s permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. He later cameoed as the character in a post-credits scene from Iron Man (2008), and went on to sign a nine-film commitment to reprise this role in future films, including major roles in Iron Man 2 (2010), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and minor roles in Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). He has also portrayed the character in the second and final episodes of the first season of the TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

He has provided his voice to several animated films, television series and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best / Frozone in Pixar Animation Studios’ film The Incredibles (2004), Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Afro Samurai in the anime television series Afro Samurai (2007), and Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

Jackson has achieved critical and commercial acclaim, surpassing Frank Welker as the actor with the highest-grossing film total of all time in October 2011, and he has received numerous accolades and awards. He is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe. Samuel L. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $4,904.9 million total box office gross, an average of $69.1 million per film.

This man has been everywhere, it’s no wonder he’s the highest grossing box office star because you see him in nearly every type of genre film and he always manages to take on so many different films.

So with all of these films that Jackson has appeared in, which ones are the best? Let’s take a look:

5. The Hateful Eight

I friggin’ loved this movie, I think this is the best Quentin Tarantino movie since Jackie Brown, it’s a return to form for Tarantino going back to a more simplistic scenario focusing more on character development and bizarre situations that made films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Jackie Brown as memorable as they are.

4. Die Hard With A Vengeance

Samuel L. Jackson being added into the mix to work alongside Bruce Willis’ John McClaine brought a whole new depth and more fun to the Die Hard trilogy in this movie.

3. The Incredibles

The Incredibles was that tipping point for not just Pixar but for Brad Bird showing what a masterful storyteller he could be with this and The Iron Giant, this is still one of Pixar’s greatest achievements as a studio and we can only hope that will continue in the sequel as well.

2. Jackie Brown

I use the same statements I used to talk about Pulp Fiction on Jackie Brown as well, great, great movie. Great cast, great characters, great action, great comedy, great dialogue, it’s just great entertainment.

and the #1 best Samuel L. Jackson movie is…

Pulp Fiction

Tarantino at his finest, great cast, great characters, great action, great comedy, great dialogue, it’s just great entertainment.

Now, what about the worst?

5. Lakeview Terrace

A movie that tries to have kind of a racial statement about it but it’s never fully realized and just kind of leaves you feeling empty afterward.

4. XXX

A bad attempt at trying to make a extreme version of James Bond.

3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Need I say more.

2. Robocop

The most pointless remake of all time, the fact that this was a PG-13 remake of an R rated classic should’ve already been warning sign #1.

and the #1 worst Samuel L. Jackson movie is…

The Spirit

Basically, it’s a feature based on the Will Eisner comic. I was about ready to leave after the first bit of dialogue started but I thought I’d give it a chance. About 20 – 25 minutes in, I was about ready to leave again and it was the scene that features The Spirit when he was a teen but then I got intrigued by the chemistry between The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) and Dr. Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson). Then about 45 – 50 minutes in, I was getting ready to leave again but then Eva Mendes’ ass is seen on the screen and it’s like, “Ah, what the hell, I’ll stay for a little bit.” Ten minutes later, I wanted to leave again when Samuel L. Jackson was looking at the foot with a head and saying that was weird. But that ended quickly so I let it pass. The moment I finally decided to leave was in the middle of the confrontation between the Octopus & The Spirit and out of nowhere, they fry a cat. At that point, I said “THAT’S IT, I’M FUCKING OUTTA HERE!!!!!”. I was so mad up at that point and asked for a refund. I got my $7 back but here’s the best part, I paid for my ticket with a Free Movie Cash slip so all-in-all, I made $7. So this film has officially placed itself at the top of my worst movies of 2008 list. It’s shitty, it’s unenjoyable, and if you’re smart, you will stay the fuck away from this movie.

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