Ya’ll Know He Don’t Give A Damn: Samuel L. Jackson’s Most Outrageous Outbursts
Samuel L. Jackson is a very special man. He is without question one of the most interesting and talented actors of our generation. But more notably, he prides himself not only on his on-screen abilities but on his penchant for being real away from the cameras. However realness has definitely led to some, ahem, interesting moments. Like these colorful ones here.
Samuel L. Jackson Squares Off with Reporter
Now did ya’ll really think good ol’ Samuel L. Jackson could make it through press for his latest film Django Unchained without a little controversy? Nope. When film critic Jake Hamilton sat down with the colorfully spoken star, he asked about the prolific, one hundred-plus count use of the N-word in Quentin Tarantino’s film. Jackson implored Hamilton to say the actual word: “Have you ever said it? Try it! We’re not going to have this conversation unless you try it.” After several minutes of back and forth banter, the visibly uncomfortable reporter ultimately switches gears and moves on to a different question, refusing to give in to Jackson’s demands. Props to Hamilton for standing his ground, double props to Jackson for making an uncomfortable question 10 times more uncomfortable.
Criticizing The Critic
Jackson’s encounter with Hamilton was certainly not his first run-in with the press. In May 2012, Jackson went in on New York Times film critic A.O. Scott after he wrote a less than flattering review of Jackson’s movie The Avengers. In true Sam “Mother F’n” Jackson form, he took to Twitter to vent his frustration, writing “#Avengers fans,NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” Shots fired!
Scott took the high-road, for the most part, not engaging in a complete war of words with Jackson, but tweeting “thanks @alexrossmusic and yet I have to say I feel more flattered than threatened. which may prove the point a different way” to a fellow Times critic. Come on, Jackson, thicker skin, man.
You Missed, Hurricane Isaac!
If there is one thing Jackson is good at it’s certainly stirring ish up in the Twitterverse. That was certainly the case when Hurricane Isaac was ravaging the Gulf Coast just in time for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “Unfair S**t: GOP spared by Issac! NOLA prolly F***ed Again! Not understanding God’s plan!” Needless to say that didn’t go over so well. The backlash was fast and furious, and ultimately Jackson tried to backtrack. Well, whatever backtrack means to Samuel L. Jackson:”Daayum! Poked a Hornets nest, hunh? Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP& Isaac! Who played the Race card?!” OK, so playing nice with others, not particularly your strong suit, is it buddy?
Jackson once again chimed in on the political front when Clueless star Stacey Dash came out in support of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It didn’t take long after Dash’s Twitter declaration of support that Jackson weighed in with his own assessment: “Wait, did Stacey Dash Really endorse Romney today?! REALLY????! Is she CRA………..??!” Way to keep those opinions to yourself, man.
Even if you’re not a sports fan. Even if you despise the Olympics every time they roll around, you have to admit that Samuel L. Jackson’s Twitter commentary of the events was fabulous. Kicking things off with: “OK! Getting that MOLYMPICPHUKKEN Fevah! GO TEAM USA!!!!!” and following that with “GABBY GOLD!GOLD!GOLD! U S GYMFUGGYNASTICS!!!! Go USA!” and “Told y’all, ladies weightlifting drama! Lil’ babes, picking up heavy Shyte!” among others, Jackson knew just how to infuse his own personality into each and every event and make them just that much doper. Well done, sir, well done indeed.
“Wake The F**k Up”
No one could ever accuse Samuel L. Jackson of mincing his words. And he certainly didn’t in a video strongly urging people to vote for president Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 election. The video, fittingly titled, “Wake the F**k Up,” is narrated like a children’s book, but definitely is on the NSFW tip. All we have to say is that it’s political support that only Samuel L. Jackson would know how to dole out. Take a look below:
Jackson vs. Terry
Former presidential hopeful and pro-life activist Randall Terry decided to take mudslinging and political ugliness to a whole new level when he retorted to Jackson’s fervent support of Barack Obama with an ad and accompanying website that essentially called Jackson an Uncle Tom: “When Obama and Biden work themselves to a fit, they picked up the phone, called 9-1-holy Shyte. Send a man who will Die Hard with a Vengeance for us, and a man who will stay in the back of the bus. You’re darn right we’ll work, no you just stay calm. Get Samuel L. Jackson to play uncle Tom.” Needless to say Jackson wasn’t going to take such racist BS and threatened to file suit. The videos were ultimately pulled off the air.
Just Say No To Rappers On Film
When it comes to rappers taking the silver screen plunge, Jackson has made no qualms about expressing his hesitation, saying, “To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility and weight that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker — that’s like an aberration to me; you just can’t do that… It’s not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who’s just coming into the business.” OK, so maybe that’s not hesitation so much as it is disgust at the idea. Can’t fault him for tossing out his opinion.
… What About 50?
These two have had quite the history, and while they seem to be on good terms these days, some insults definitely got hurled back and forth between Samuel L. Jackson and 50 Cent. When word spread that Jackson had turned down a film role in 50 Cent’s movie because he didn’t want to act alongside an amateur, the rapper told The New York Daily News, “I don’t even see where Samuel fits into my life story anyway, unless he plays one of the cr*ckheads. He was a cr*ckhead originally, right? So I come from being a rapper, and he comes from being a cr*ckhead.” Wow, someone just as ballsy Jackson and unafraid to speak his mind. No wonder these two were able to put aside their differences and actually come respect each other.
Oh No He Didn’t!
OK, so we’re going to put a little bit of the blame here on SNL. Someone needs to have their finger on the bleep button at all times the minute Samuel L. Jackson takes the stage. But apparently someone fell asleep at the wheel, a bit, when Jackson made an appearance on SNL in December and could be heard uttering the F-word –obviously a big no-no. However in the days afterward Jackson asserted that he said “fuh”, sans the K, and that any mistake was cast member’s Kenan Thompson’s fault for not cutting him off sooner. He told Jimmy Kimmel “I’m just saying, I’m used to working with professionals that know their lines. Even the ones that are written on cue cards in front of you.” We love you, Sam, but easy with the blame game. Take a little responsibility for your potty mouth.
Take A Step Back Please
We definitely respect Jackson’s penchant for speaking his mind, no matter the repercussions, but even we thought it was a little much when he decided to chime in following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In a Los Angeles Times interview shortly after the shooting, Jackson relayed a rather surprising stance on gun control: “I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.” You’ve got a point there, but in the aftermath of such a tragedy, it might be best to leave the rah, rah guns chants at home and at least admit a little that the idea of everyone and their mother running around with a gun isn’t a great one.
Putting M. Night On Blast
Do ya’ll remember Unbreakable. Vaguely? Not really? Yeah we feel you there. But if you ask Samuel L. Jackson it was one of director M. Night Shyamalan’s best. When asked about a follow up to the 2000 film, Jackson snarkily said “You’ll have to ask the brilliant director who wrote it and didn’t do the rest of them” and “I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since [‘Unbreakable’],” OK, now, don’t get your panties into a twist. We understand the sequel drama with Unbreakable was definitely frustrating, but sometimes mediocre films don’t get follow-ups. Live with it.
The Sad Off
The brilliant minds at Funny or Die rarely disappoint, so the minute we heard that Samuel L. Jackson was going to star in one of their videos, ahead of the Django Unchained release we knew it was going to be a classic. In the sketch, Samuel L. Jackson squares off against Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway to find out whose Christmas-time release is the saddest of them all. All matters of inappropriate innapropriate hilarity ensue. Enjoy.
His first tweet
There’s nothing novel about celebrities acting a fool on Twitter, but it usually takes most of them a little while before they start clowning. Not Sam. When he sent out his very first tweet back in 2011, there was only one thing he wanted to know: “Can-a muh fukkasay Fawk on here?”
SMH he ain’t got no sense.