Theme Times – Samuel L. Jackson

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: Samuel L. Jackson attends the Premiere Of Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man Far From Home” at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Glenn Francis/Pacific Pro Digital Photography)

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Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and producer. Widely regarded as one of the most popular actors of his generation, the films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the highest-grossing actor of all time (when cameo appearances are excluded). He rose to fame with films such as Coming to America (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Juice (1992), Menace II Society (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), and Fresh (1994).

Jackson has especially been noted for his roles in the Spike Lee films School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Oldboy (2013) and Chi-Raq (2015) and in the Quentin Tarantino films Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). For his role in Pulp Fiction, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Jackson is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 150 films. His other roles include Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Hard Eight (1996), Eve’s Bayou (1997), The Red Violin (1998), The Negotiator (1998), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000) and its 2019 sequel/reboot, Coach Carter (2005), Snakes on a Plane (2006), The Other Guys (2010), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Glass (2019). Jackson also won widespread recognition as the Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), and later voiced the role in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). With his permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury; he subsequently played Fury in 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with a cameo appearance in Iron Man (2008), as well as guest-starring in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He will reprise this role in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion.

Jackson has provided his voice for several animated films, documentaries, television series, and video games, including Lucius Best/Frozone in the Pixar films The Incredibles (2004) and Incredibles 2 (2018), Whiplash in Turbo (2013), the title character of the anime television series Afro Samurai (2007), and Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). In 2016, Jackson served as the narrator of the acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro based on James Baldwin’s writings.
Jungle Fever – 1991

A married black lawyer named Flipper (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with Angie (Annabella Sciorra), his white secretary. When the news is leaked through an acquaintance, Flipper’s wife (Lonette McKee) kicks him out of the house. Flipper decides to begin courting his mistress, only to be greeted by disapproval from friends, family and even strangers. The relationship continues to be strained in a society not ready to accept it, and people are hurt during its inception.
The first film l saw Samuel Jackson in of note for his acting was Gator Purify in Jungle Fever with Halle Berry 1991 and then of course his infamous character of Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction with John Travolta 1994. It was in fact the latter film which truly hooked me to his style and since then l have perhaps seen 30 of his other films. Below are my top 15 favourites of his … and l may disappoint some of you as l am not a huge fan of the Star Wars franchaise or even the Marvels …. sorry.
Pulp Fiction – 1994

In the realm of underworld, a series of incidents intertwines the lives of two Los Angeles mobsters, a gangster’s wife, a boxer and two small-time criminals.
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Below are my personal Top 15 of his very best films – hope you enjoy the selection – and let me know below if you too are a huge fan of his work.
Jackie Brown – 1997

A flight attendant caught smuggling gun money has to choose between teaming up with the cops to bust her arms dealer boss or keeping her mouth shut and going to jail.
The Long Kiss Goodnight – 1996

Samantha Caine suffers from amnesia. Her mysterious past begins to haunt her, which sets her off on a search to discover her true identity.

A Time to Kill – 1996

After his ten-year-old daughter is raped, Carl murders her perpetrators. He then faces a trial and calls upon his friend Jake Tyler, a lawyer, to help him win the case.
The Negotiator – 1998

When a prominent police negotiator is accused of corruption, he takes people hostage to buy himself time and search for evidence that will clear his name.
187 – 1997

When a student writes the police code for homicide, 187, inside a textbook owned by teacher Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson), he feels threatened. The principal dismisses the incident, but, soon after, Trevor is stabbed by the same student. Fifteen months later, a physically and emotionally scarred Trevor relocates to California and takes up substitute teaching. To his dismay, his new school is as full of dangerously undisciplined students as the last one, driving Trevor over the edge.
S.W.A.T. – 2003

A dangerous drug lord offers a 100 million dollar reward to anyone who can free him from prison. However, a team of skilled officers must do everything they can to stop him from escaping.
Coach Carter – 2005

A sports goods store owner accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school where he was a champion athlete. Dismayed by the attitudes of his players, he sets out to change things.
Black Snake Moan – 2006

After her lover (Justin Timberlake) leaves to serve in the military, Rae (Christina Ricci) gives in to her raging libido and leaps into a life of wild abandon. Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson), a troubled bluesman, finds Rae beaten and left for dead. He takes her in and holds her captive in an attempt to help her find a cure for her affliction.
1408 – 2007

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. As he settles in, he confronts genuine terror. Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson.
Unthinkable – 2010

FBI agent Helen seeks the help of a CIA agent to find three nuclear bombs planted in undisclosed locations in the U.S. The pressure keeps mounting on them as they try to locate the bombs.
Django Unchained – 2012

When Django, a slave, is freed, he joins forces with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife, who has been enslaved by Calvin, a hard-hearted plantation owner.
Kingsman: The Secret Service – 2014

Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin faces several challenges when he gets recruited as a secret agent in a secret spy organisation in order to look for Richmond Valentine, an eco-terrorist.
The Hateful Eight – 2015

A bounty hunter and his captured fugitive are caught in the middle of a snowstorm. They seek refuge at a small lodge and encounter a twisted turn of events there.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 2017

Michael Bryce, a protection agent, is tasked with protecting Darius Kincaid, one of the world’s most famous assassins. The two must then set aside their differences to tackle several dangerous events.
Glass – 2019

While David confronts Kevin, a group of armed men intervene. Now locked in a mental facility with Elijah, the two find their superhuman abilities being questioned by Ellie, a secretive psychiatrist.

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So, are you a fan, not a fan – like some or like all of his works – let me know below?

22 thoughts on “Theme Times – Samuel L. Jackson

  1. I love Samuel L. Jackson, he is so damn funny. I’m not a Star Wars fan either, just don’t interest me. You can’t say motherfuckin’ without thinking of him haha! I’m trying to remember who he played in Jurassic Park but I can’t remember. I love him as Nick Fury, he is just a brilliant actor.

    1. hehehe that is so funny, l was thinking ‘motherfuckin’ when l was writing the introduction and though Yeah, one would fit right now … eactly here!!

      In Jurassic Park – his role was kinda small, but here you go 🙂

  2. Samuel Jackson is one of my favorite actors, if he appears in a film, I’ll usually watch it. I admit that he’s made some stinkers, but it wasn’t his acting, it was the script or how the director edited the film that made it stink. Samuel Jackson is so versatile and seems to easily assume the persona of whatever character he’s playing. Along with Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman, Jackson is one of my three favorite actors.

  3. Thanks, Rory! I enjoyed this, although I haven’t seen many of his movies. Just not my kind of stuff. But of your selections, there are

  4. Samuel L Jackson is hugely talented. I’m definitely a fan. SWAT is an all time favorite of mine. Great write up Rory 😊

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