September 28, 2012 |
Actor Samuel L. Jackson, with his resonant voice and imposing presence, was the perfect choice to record the audiobook version of the bestselling children's book for adults, "Go the F-- to Sleep. " Today, Jackson riffs on the title in a political video, "Wake the F-- Up," which calls for 2008 Obama supporters to become active in the presidential campaign. He pops up alarmingly in a suburban family's home, listing things they might not like about Mitt Romney and exhorting them to -- well, you know.
March 24, 2012 |
Vengeance on the court In February, actor-comedian Will Ferrell delivered a few humorous pregame player introductions before a Bulls-Hornets game in New Orleans. Here were a few of his one-liners: "At forward, No. 5, he still lives with his mother . . . Carlos Boozer. "At center, No. 13, he's a Scorpio and a horrible dancer . . . Joakim Noah. "At guard, No. 1, his favorite movie is 'The Notebook' . . . Derrick Rose . " How do you top that?
August 4, 2006 |
The marketing hype for "Snakes on a Plane" slithered to a crawl Thursday. A promotion for the movie was temporarily grounded when fans flooded a website to try to send phone messages in which star Samuel L. Jackson urges the recipients to see his flick when it opens Aug. 18.
January 24, 2009 |
It's a point of pride for Samuel L. Jackson that if you list every film in which he has starred or appeared and add up their box-office receipts, the collective total would be higher than any other on-screen actor in history. That might be some arcane career calculus, but it does speak to the 60-year-old actor's crowded schedule and crowd-pleasing sensibility. On a recent afternoon, talking about his varied pursuits, Jackson began a sentence with, "In my spare time . . .
February 13, 2005 |
Tall and leonine and dressed head to toe in Johnny Cash black, Samuel L. Jackson sauntered into the penthouse suite of the St. Regis Hotel, pulled his armchair up to an ornate banquet table the size of a double-width garage door and got straight to the bottom line. "Have you seen the numbers?" Jackson wanted to know. It's an everyday question in Hollywood and one that could easily refer to the haul of his latest film, "Coach Carter," which debuted at No. 1 at the box office last month.
June 11, 2000 |
He doesn't come bearing the Sidney Poitier mantle, as did Denzel Washington. Nor did he get his start from another art form, a la comedian Eddie Murphy or rapper Will Smith. But Samuel L. Jackson is what some call a Hollywood rarity: a working black actor. Indeed, according to Variety, Jackson is the busiest star of the past decade, proof of how the film industry has changed since the first wave of movies featuring largely black casts aimed at black audiences arrived 30 years ago.