Samuel L. Jackson on 'The Hateful Eight': "I Don't Have Issues With Violence in Movies" - Actor Oscar Roundtable
“People say a lot of things about Quentin, that he’s racist. But every character that he’s ever written for me has been a very intelligent, very driven person.”
"I know I'm going to do it, there's no question." Samuel L. Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter of repeatedly signing on to Quentin Tarantino's projects. "He's not calling me to say, 'will you be in my movie?' He's just calling me to say, 'this is the part that I just wrote for you,' and I'm like, 'okay, great.'"
In addition to this year's film, The Hateful Eight, Jackson and Tarantino also collaborated on Django Unchained and the classic film Pulp Fiction. "Quentin loves movies," says Jackson. "He loves the process, he loves the process. He loves actors, he loves crew members, he loves everything about making movies, and when you do it you get infused with that joy."
When asked about the raw violence in Tarantino's work, Jackson says, "It's a movie, it's not life," continuing on to discuss how he prefers gore to the cheap shots seen in early western film. "I like [violent] stories. I read violent novels, I read spy novels and mysteries and murders and horror stories. I've always liked that stuff."
The actor also shared one of most surreal moments of his career with the roundtable while backstage at a Michael Jackson show. "Somebody comes up behind me and starts doing the Ezekiel speech [from Pulp Fiction], (people do that to me all the time). And I turn around and it's Marlon Brando. I'm like, 'oh my God. Marlon Brando is reciting me.'"
The full Actor Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan 17, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.
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