It’s official. Sam Jackson IS Nick Fury.
In an effort to celebrate all things Sam, I’ve decided to revisit some of the most gloriously badass moments in the history of the silver screen’s most riveting badass.
So get ready. This might just blow up your brain.
1. Pulp Fiction
Sam Jackson, in his breakout role as Jules in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, turns a run-of-the-mill diner hold-up into a “Holy-shit-it’s-Sam-Jackson!” moment. He turns the tables on small-time crook Tim Roth, tells that bitch to be cool, and reclaims his wallet–appropriately labeled”Bad Motherfucker.” All this after waxing philosophical about filthy animals, miracles, and walking the Earth. Like Caine in Kung Fu.
I always saw this as Tarantino’s promise for a sequel. I’m still waiting, Quentin.
Venomous snakes slither about, hoping to sink their unholy fangs into human flesh and squeeze the life out of everyone. Innocent passengers huddle together in the forward compartment of an insanely large plane.
Everyone has lost hope. It is the end for our heroes.
That’s when Agent Neville Flynn (played by the incomparable Sam Jackson), boldly takes charge of the situation by declaring:
“I have had it with these muthafuckin’ snakes on this muthafuckin’ plane!” And then everything was ok.
This film was originally going to be PG-13. Until Jackson bitch-slapped the producers and made them give us the movie we never knew we always wanted (no, that’s not sarcasm).
3. The Negotiator
Jackson, here playing Lt. Danny Roman, has taken hostages as a last resort to prove his innocence in the murder of his partner. Corrupt cops swarm the building, ready to take him down.
The man-god stands in front of a shattered office-building window, taunting the helicopters and the snipers with his mighty cry:
“You want my blood?! Take it! Take my blood!”
Sam Jackson stands tall as the inspirational beacon of hope for a rag-tag bunch of scientists and aquatic types. The small band of survivors are trapped by super-smart sharks and headed down the aquatic highway toward certain doom.
Under intense duress they bicker and squabble, but it is Jackson who shows them the error of their ways…Jackson who tells them that “nature is lethal, but it doesn’t hold a candle to man.” Jackson who steps up with the solution they have all been praying for!
And then a shark eats him.
Jackson tones things back a bit here, showing his intense emotional range (again, no sarcasm in sight), playing wheelchair-bound Elijah Price who suffers from a chronic brittle-bone disease.
But even that can’t hold him back from giving hell to the poor comic-shop employee who tries to wheel him out at closing time…only to have Jackson slam his wheelchair into the shelves, knocking comics everywhere! Way to stick it to the man, Sam!
I am eagerly anticipating the moment Sam steps on-screen, donning that oh-so-sexy eye-patch that we saw briefly at the end of Iron Man. At age 60, he’s signed on for nine more action/adventure flicks. And at age 80, he’ll still be showing Will Smith how it’s done.
We’ll be back tomorrow with our regular programming.