Fans are gearing up for the next installment of the action-packed Marvel Disney franchise, with the highly anticipated new film, “Captain Marvel” hitting theater March 8th.
The movie stars actor Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, alongside Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson. MN caught up with Mr. Jackson about his own personal weaknesses and how humanity can be your super power.
Jackson, who is a Black superhero in his own right (he was an usher at Martin Luther King’s funeral!!!), weighed in on what he thinks are the superpowers of Black people.
“Perseverance…..We keep holding our head up, no matter what happens. We fight through it, and we’re proud to be who we are.”
One way Jackson persevered was by fighting through his childhood stutter to become one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood.
“One way I fight my stutter is to pretend to be people who didn’t stutter,” he told MN.
“I started acting pretty early.”
Jackson emphasizes the power of escapism and how it helped him transcend the environment of his childhood.
“Acting is not life saving, sometimes I make choices that are entertaining more than life informing, most times, because I think escapism is one of those things too.”
Continuing, “I grew up in segregated Tennessee, so when I got to go to the movies, I got to escape that particular world and things that I couldn’t do, and look at the possibilities of things that I could do.”
Jackson’s goal as an artist is to give his audiences glimpses of that same invincibility.
“I hope that’s what I do when people come in and see something in me,” Jackson concluded.