The coolest [expletive] on the planet
April 29, 2012 7:13 PM   Subscribe

"He’s the ultimate pro. He’s on time, knows his lines, hits his mark with no drama. He makes the other actors want to rise to his professional level." He is "the coolest [expletive] on the planet". [SLNYT]
posted by vidur (32 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I was thinking today, "Man, Samuel L Jackson is really old. *looks at picture* But he looks like he's 40... 45 maybe. What will happen when suddenly Samuel L Jackson just ages real fast...?"

And the I realized that is impossible because he's so strong in the force.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 7:15 PM on April 29, 2012


What will happen when suddenly Samuel L Jackson just ages real fast

well, someone needs to put Black Snake Moan on their Netflix list...

As for me, I'm mostly looking forward to the new Avengers movie, except that his (Ultimate) Nick Fury character seems sooooooooooooooooooo Samuel L Jackson-y. ("I've had it with these M**F** Skrulls on the M**F** Helicarrier!")
posted by Auden at 7:30 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


And that's the DOUBLE truth, Ruth!
posted by porn in the woods at 7:31 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wasn't Ultimate Nick Fury, uh, modeled exactly after Samuel L Jackson?
posted by dismas at 7:33 PM on April 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


Yes, it was.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:35 PM on April 29, 2012


He was on PBS tonight as well.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:37 PM on April 29, 2012


Yup. Everything you could ever want in an actor (besides not being terrible at acting).
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:44 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I hope everyone thinks Ultimate Nick Fury just happened to resemble Samuel L Jackson. He really is that cool.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 7:50 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sounds like a nice guy.

And I will never call a small light an inky again.
posted by hanoixan at 8:04 PM on April 29, 2012


From the article:
Jackson relates the details of his childhood without inflection, emotion, affection or resentment, as if reading from a grocery list. The black movie theater played the same movies the white theater did — except when a black actor slapped a white actress, he said, that slap “was cut out of our version.” One day he asked his mother, “Why does the black man always die in movies?” Her response: “Because the black man can’t win, he always gets killed.”
This makes me sad and angry. Angry, mostly.
posted by the cydonian at 8:17 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I liked the content of the article, but I thought the style really suffered from all the clunky censorship like "...and he added an expletive". Seems pretty old fashioned these days. It also adds a sort of disdainful overtone.
posted by 200burritos at 8:28 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I kept wondering which expletive they were censoring at various points.
posted by immlass at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I made it a guessing game and filled in the missing expletives in Jackson's voice.
posted by dchrssyr at 9:13 PM on April 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


I kept wondering which expletive they were censoring at various points.

My guesses, in order of appearance: Motherfucker. Shit. Fucking. Motherfucker. Motherfucking. Shit.
posted by vidur at 9:13 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Samuel L. Jackson was on the swim team. Of course.
posted by headless at 9:38 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have the audiobook of Samuel L. Jackson reading "Go The Fuck To Sleep" and it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
posted by KathrynT at 9:54 PM on April 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


This isn't about Jack Burton?!
posted by Bonky Moon at 10:49 PM on April 29, 2012 [3 favorites]



I have the audiobook of Samuel L. Jackson reading "Go The Fuck To Sleep" and it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever

Link, please.

Thank you.
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos at 11:20 PM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Link, please.

Your wish is my command.
posted by KathrynT at 11:27 PM on April 29, 2012 [9 favorites]


>...except that his (Ultimate) Nick Fury character seems sooooooooooooooooooo Samuel L Jackson-y.

At this point in Samuel L. Jackson's career you know what you're getting with a Samuel L. Jackson performance. Except for The Spirit. I don't know what was going on there.
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:55 AM on April 30, 2012


Come on, North America! Catch up so the rest of the world can discuss The Avengers with you.
posted by crossoverman at 5:26 AM on April 30, 2012


...I thought the style really suffered from all the clunky censorship...

It did. It's not just the swearwords I wanted to see; I don't care about that. I wanted to know what he was saying while he was using them. Hinting at what he was saying is lame.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:08 AM on April 30, 2012


As a parent of a kid who likes to be read to at night (as an poorly hidden excuse just to not go the fuck to sleep), Sam Jackson is pretty much my favorite person in the world simply because of "Go The F**k To Sleep."

"It's been 38 minutes already, Jesus Christ. WHAT THE FUCK?!"

It pretty much sums up parenthood and better than that, Jackson says it just like I do. I felt like a not-so-terrible mother first time I heard that.
posted by youandiandaflame at 6:09 AM on April 30, 2012


I am almost convinced that a movie with Mr. Jackson, Mr. Washington and Mr. Freeman would produce so much awesome that the God particle would suddenly be revealed.
posted by jaimystery at 6:45 AM on April 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Motherfucker. Shit. Fucking. Motherfucker. Motherfucking. Shit.
posted by phong3d at 7:02 AM on April 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'd watch a movie of those three sitting around bullshitting and telling stories, no lie.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:03 AM on April 30, 2012


Used to love Samuel Jackson, but, as someone said of Jack Nicholson, now he just does his impression of Samuel Jackson.

Same for both actors, really. They're still fun to me when the character fits their "IRL" persona (Nick Fury, Witches of Eastwick's Satan), but otherwise...
posted by IAmBroom at 7:04 AM on April 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Inglewood Jack
posted by Mrs. Green at 7:17 AM on April 30, 2012


No thanks. My mom doesn't need that from you, Mr Jackson, sir.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:03 AM on April 30, 2012


He was pretty good as 'Black Guy' in Sea of Love, which I watched the other day. Skinny though.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 10:31 AM on April 30, 2012


I am almost convinced that a movie with Mr. Jackson, Mr. Washington and Mr. Freeman would produce so much awesome that the God particle would suddenly be revealed.

I'd watch a movie of those three sitting around bullshitting and telling stories, no lie.

I'm holding out for the Samuel L. Jackson/Delroy Lindo road-trip buddy flick, myself.
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:19 AM on April 30, 2012


I am almost convinced that a movie with Mr. Jackson, Mr. Washington and Mr. Freeman would produce so much awesome that the God particle would suddenly be revealed.

Washington and Freeman have appeared together, but I can't offhand think of any film in which Jackson appeared with either of the other two.
posted by Justinian at 11:58 AM on April 30, 2012


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