Quotes by: Samuel L. Jackson
|Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2014
||Samuel Leroy Jackson
December 21, 1948
Washington, D.C., U.S.
||Morehouse College (B.A.)
||Actor, film producer
||LaTanya Richardson (m. 1980)
I look at myself as an audience member. I still love movies, and I still go and sit in the back of the big dark room with everybody else, and I want the same thrill.
I've never been to jail. I've never been arrested. I've never been locked up.
We've come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can't imagine Dr. King watching the 'Real Housewives' or 'Jersey Shore.'
It wasn't until I let go of the idea of the brass ring that it showed up, and fortunately for me, it coincided with getting clean.
I've been fortunate to be in films that are classic, that are going to be around.
The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.
I tend to play characters that I can infuse with certain kinds of humour. Even the baddest guy can be funny in his own particular way. I want the audience to engage with the character on some deeper level so that they leave the cinema still thinking about him.
Because of where I come from, I never thought I'd see in my life a black candidate running for President.
I walk the streets, take the train, it's real simple. Some actors create their own mythology: 'Oh, I'm so famous I can't go places, because I created this mythology that I'm so famous I can't go places.'
The only thing I've kind of missed is finding a really good western that I want to do, because I watched westerns a lot.
I'm a good son, a good father, a good husband - I've been married to the same woman for 30 years. I'm a good friend. I finished college, I have my education, I donate money anonymously. So when people criticize the kind of characters that I play on screen, I go, 'You know, that's part of history.'
I actually think I have an audience member's sensibility about going to the movies.
People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.
I kind of realize that I have a tendency to choose the kind of films I watched when I was a kid and would go home and pretend with my friends that we were in those movies after we saw them.
I'm not as angry as I used to be. But I can get in touch with that anger pretty quickly if I feel my space is being invaded or somebody is not treating me with the respect that I think I want.
I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say 'Hi, my name is Sam and I am an addict.'
I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected.
I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.
We need to change America's image round the world. America has lost some lustre in terms of how folks aspire to be like us.
My dad was an absentee dad, so it was always important to me that I was part of my daughter's life, and she deserved two parents, which is part of the rationale behind us staying married for 30 years.
All movies aren't fun; some are hard work. You try to do something and convey a set of emotions that have to do with some real life kind of stuff.