Quentin Tarantino loyalist and star of action cinema, Samuel L. Jackson is the industry king of cool, responsible for some of cinema’s smoothest characters. Famous for performances in Tarantino’s iconic Pulp Fiction, as well as the purple-lightsaber-wielding Mace Windu in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy, Jackson has over 150 acting credits to his name. As a result, the actor remains a key figurehead in popular cinema, regularly visiting ComicCon to discuss his latest releases, to the joy and delight of film fans across the globe.
Speaking at the convention in 2014, Jackson stated: “We actually do something that means something to people. I’m a huge action film fan and I read comics and I’m an anime fan, I’m a manga fan…And I know what these people feel like being here, being able to dress up and getting as close as they can to us.”
In the same interview, Samuel L. Jackson goes on to describe such fans as the ‘lifeblood’ of the film industry, commenting: “It makes us feel like we’ve done something that gets them excited…we’re entertainers, and these are the people that are actually the lifeblood of the movie business, these are the guys that fill up the theatres on Saturday and Friday night and make sure that those box office(s) ring and that we’re able to do a sequel.”
It’s not just Jackson’s budding fans that appreciate his cinema, the actor himself also thrives off watching his own performances back, noting in his younger years: “I dig watching myself work”. Such is illustrated in a recent interview with the actor on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, where Jackson listed each of his own favourite performances.
Jackson’s list remains exclusively in the 1990s and includes Renny Harlin’s The Long Kiss Goodnight, Joel Schumacher’s A Time To Kill, François Girard’s The Red Violin, and Kevin Reynolds’ One Eight Seven, with the only Tarantino film going to 1997s Jackie Brown. Though the actor’s appearance in Pulp Fiction as Jules Winnfield may be more iconic, Samuel L. Jackson notes Jackie Brown as his favourite Quentin Tarantino film, though has commented in the past that his character in Django Unchained remains his favourite role.
Speaking of his character in the film, Jackson commented: “I love fucking Stephen…I mean, the dude ran that fucking plantation. Candyland was his fucking plantation… Dude’s writing the bills. [Stephen is] making sure the crops get planted. He’s making sure the slaves get sold. He runs that place”.
Check out the full list of Samuel L Jackson’s five favourite films below,
Samuel L. Jackson’s 5 favourite films:
- Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino – 1997)
- The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin – 1996)
- One Eight Seven (Kevin Reynolds – 1997)
- The Red Violin (François Girard – 1998)
- A Time To Kill (Joel Schumacher – 1996)
As his interview went on Jackson confirmed his fondness for his own pictures, commenting: “Some actors lie to you about that. They watch their movies. It’s a ‘watch me’ business… If I’m channel surfing and I haven’t found anything I want to watch, or not specifically looking for something, and I pass something I’m in, I stop and watch it.”