Samuel L. Jackson
On 10 July 1998, Samuel L. Jackson met with me in New York to talk about his then-upcoming movie, The Negotiator. That was the plan. But within a few minutes, we were also discussing his friendship with costar Kevin Spacey, his outsider status in Hollywood, and his upbringing as an only child.
Enjoy this unusually candid five minute interview in streaming RealAudio. (All you need is a 14.4 modem.)
MORE Samuel Jackson interview clips
Sam 1::: In this streaming video clip, Samuel Jackson talks about changing his life, and reveals how he begins each day.
Sam 2::: My first encounter with SLJ, made shortly after the release of A Time to Kill. Samuel L. Jackson discusses his acting choices over the years.
About the Actor
Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson is one of the greats and one of the great chameleons.
Before his recent work in The Negotiator co-starring Kevin Spacey, Eve's Bayou (which he also produced), Jackie Brown, Sphere, the vastly underrated 187, A Time To Kill, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, he appeared as Mister Senor Lovedaddy in Spike Lee's masterpiece Do the Right Thing, crack-addled Gator Purify in Lee's Jungle Fever, Stacks in Scorcese's GoodFellas, and Jules the philosophical hitman in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction the unforgettable, breakout performance that won him the Oscar nod, and should have won him the statuette as well. You can find him in films as far back as the film version of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime.
What's most surprising for an actor of such stature is Jackson's lack of egomania. He is more warm, human, and approachable than many people who've done far less in the world. We'll stop lest we sound like the fawning syncophants we probably are. Besides, you can hear it for yourself in the clips.