Samuel L. Jackson has become was of the most popular actors in Hollywood, with a unique style, recognisable voice and a catchphrase that can’t be mentioned before the watershed!
Appearing in more than 100 productions, including such classics as Coming to America, Jurassic Park and, of course, Pulp Fiction which cemented his place as a Hollywood star.
It’s now 25 years since Jackson turned heads in Tarantino’s masterpiece playing Jules Winnfield, so what better time to look at some facts about Jackson that you may not have known?
12. He fought for black rights in the 1960s
Jackson is a supporter of black rights, and in the late 60s was suspended from Morehouse College when he briefly tool several people hostage during a protest against the university for not having a black studies program or black trustees.
11. He had a major speech impediment as a youngster
When he was younger, Jackson suffered from a stutter. A speech therapist suggested auditioning for a play might help and it changed Jackson’s life as he changed his major and focused on acting.
10. He worked menial jobs for decades while he waited for a breakout role
When he was trying to get his big break as a struggling actor in New York, Jackson held several other jobs to make ends meet including being a doorman at Manhattan Plaza Subsidised Apartments.
9. He used to be Bill Cosby’s camera stand-in
When he was starting to take on smaller roles, Jackson was a camera stand-in for Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show, a star who would go on to extreme controversy.
8. He struggled with drugs before he was famous
In the lead up to some of his big breaks, Jackson was an admitted drug user and ended up in rehab before going on to play a drug addict in Jungle Fever.
7. He didn’t get his big break until he was 45
Jackson is now one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, but he was 45 by the time he starred in Pulp Fiction, the movie that rocketed him to stardom.
6. He doesn’t approve of rappers-turned-actors
Jackson has spoken out about rappers who go on to become actors as he takes himself seriously as an actor and so said it’s not his job to lend credibility to rappers by appearing in movies with them.
5. He’s still acted opposite rappers-turned-actors multiple times
In spite of Jackson’s words about rappers-turned-actors, he has acted opposite a number of them, including LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur and Queen Latifah to name a few!
4. He’s a keen golfer
Jackson is an avid golfer and is very proficient at the game. When filming Deep Blue Sea he used every opportunity of downtime to go and play golf between filming.
3. His films have made more than $7 billion at the box office
Jackson has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, with the movies he has starred in having taken more than $7 billion at the global box office.
2. He loves to star opposite Batman actors
In spite of being known for his Marvel films, Jackson has starred in movies opposite Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and even Adam West in The New Age, all of whom have played Batman on the big screen.
1. A UK interview landed him a role in the Star Wars prequels
When he appeared on TFI Friday in 1996, Jackson, a huge Star Wars fanboy, admitted he’d love to work with George Lucas. Lucas saw this and Jackson was offered the role of Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels as a result.