Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in some of cinema’s best movies and franchises. Ranging from Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Good Fellas to Coming To America. He’s had major roles in Star Wars, and most recently the juggernaut that used to be Marvel, as well as working with Hollywood gods such as Spielberg, Scorsese, and Tarantino. SLJ has appeared in 167 films and counting, and to borrow one of his most famous phrases, he is a cool mother-fucker. Or he used to be.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Samuel L. Jackson sat down and discussed his latest upcoming Marvel project, Secret Invasion, amongst other things such as music, the SAG strike, Wakanda, and Marvel fans, and this is where things got spicy.
Wakanda Isn’t Real Sam
First off, let’s see what SLJ says about the Secret Invasion. A show that seems to be dividing “critics” with some calling it a mature and tense drama, and others saying it’s a bit rubbish and not as awesome as She-Hulk, make of that what you will. Anyway, he was asked if he’s been pushing for Nick Fury to have his show:
My biggest concern with Marvel was trying to keep them from killing me more than anything else. I kind of liked the gig! When they called me in to tell me what’s going on, I always thought they were trying to kill me. They didn’t let me go to Wakanda, which I was kind of upset about. How could Nick Fury not know about Wakanda? They said, “Well, you do know but you can’t go.”
I always wanted to tell the story about who Nick was before he had these superhero friends — when he lived in the shadow world as a spy, and how he connected with these people. Secret Invasion is not a superhero movie. It’s gritty and dark.
I know Last Movie Outpost is the place where all the celebrities come to give them that much-needed dose of reality and to keep them grounded, so Sam, I need to break your heart here mate. You were never actually going to Wankanda because it isn’t a real country, it’s make-believe. In fact, Wakanda is so far removed from reality that my advice would be to never Google “Most dangerous countries in the world”. Moving on.
Saint Floyd, Rednecks, And The Gays
Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson was an usher at Martin Luther King’s funeral and he was asked about that and how he thinks things have progressed since then:
The world seems to be in as hard a place as it’s always been. As a child of the Sixties, watching what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and seeing the police beating those demonstrators — and those were young white kids — I learned there’s a certain kind of thing that the powers that be don’t want us doing. One of them is protesting what they think they want us to do.
So, when George Floyd happened, it was great to see all the different faces of kids out there fighting the injustice and what the power was doing once again to keep you from having an open mind or keep you from creating change that is not the change they want made. That part has not changed. In my opinion, it’s kind of worse. They used to hide it. Now, they don’t hide it anymore!
When I grew up in segregation, I knew which white people didn’t want to be bothered with me and I knew how they felt about me. I know how the Republicans feel about me now because of what my mindset is. When I see Trump, I see the same rednecks I saw when I was growing up who called me “n*****” and tried to keep me in my place. That’s what the Republican Party is to me. They’re doing it to young people, gay people. They don’t care who you are. If you’re not them, you’re the enemy.
Oh Samual, you silly old sausage. Maybe you should not take my advice about Google after all and give it a whirl. You might find out that the reality you believe in is actually a load of bullshit. Here’s a starter, the Republicans that you claim called you the N-word, were actually the ones who freed the slaves. Your beloved Democratic Party actually defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.
Don’t even get me started on his comments about rednecks, gays, and George Floyd because as it is, I’ve written, deleted, rewritten, and redeleted about 20 paragraphs and had to give myself a damn good telling off and a gentle reminder this is a movie site and not a place for Eggy to rant about overpaid actors and their take on reality!
Brie And The Incels
And finally, we reach the point where Samuel L. Jackson has finished slagging off half the population and decides to take a swipe and the fan base that has helped contribute to his $270 million net worth and kept him in constant work since he first appeared as Nick Fury in Iron Man 15 years ago. Sam was asked about starring alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel and how he helped her through the negative reaction to the movie:
Brie’s a stronger person than people give her credit for. We had done Kong together, which was not the most wonderful experience for either of us. We became great friends during that particular experience because we were having such a hard time.
We bonded through the election while we were doing her movie (Unicorn Store) when Donald Trump won. She was broken and I was like, “Don’t let ‘em break you. You have to be strong now.” Then, when she got Captain Marvel, she called me and was like, “They want me in the Marvel Universe. Should I do it?” And I was like, “Hell yeah! Let’s do it!”
But she’s not going to let any of that stuff destroy her. These incel dudes who hate strong women, or the fact that she’s a feminist who has an opinion and expresses it. Everybody wants people to be who they want them to be. She is who she is
Ahh, of course, people who think Brie Larson has about as much onscreen charisma as a bucket, or the fans who thought her dismissiveness of the franchise was insulting are, of course, incels who are scared of women. Or maybe Sam, that people don’t like Larson because she comes across as a particularly unpleasant person and her performances suggest she’s just going through the motions to earn some coin and PR?
And it’s not just the fans who seem to have a problem with “strong women”, let’s give ourselves a reminder of that infamous interview Brie did with Hemsworth and Cheadle when they were promoting Avengers: End Game. Watching this, maybe Chris and Don are also incels?
Anyway, Secret Invasion premieres today on Disney+. Whatever.
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