Sam Jackson Has The Hots For Afro Samurai

Published 7 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2008 at 4:37 pm,

afrosamurai Sam Jackson Has The Hots For Afro Samurai

MTV News recently spoke with Samuel L. Jackson and took the opportunity to pick his brain about everything Afro Samurai. The cult-hit anime series currently has a second season on the way, as well as a video game adaptation that was previewed at Comic-Con ’08, which some thumb-jockeys are already calling “sick.”

With Afro Samurai poised to become the next big smash in anime, it’s no surprise that Jackson is already talking about a live-action film based on the series.

“We have a live-action plan,” Jackson revealed, saying that he wants to see Afro’s battle with Number One up on the big screen with flesh-and-blood actors. “Hopefully, that script will come together and we’ll be able to do that in the next two years or so.”

Nice. And since Jackson is also the executive producer of the TV series, he probably has the clout to make an Afro Samurai movie a reality.

(Wow, Dragonball, Cowboy Bebop, and now possibly Afro Samurai? Hollywood seems to be on a real anime kick.)

But who would possibly qualify to bring Afro’s afro to life? Jackson had an idea about that, too.

“You know, when I look at [Afro], I see Andre 3000,” Jackson grinned.”

Say what? 3000 (real name Andre Benjamin) has been a strong presence in films like Four Brothers and Be Cool, but does he really have the kung-fu skills to play Afro? (Shucks, considering how much funk the Outkast albums have brought to MY life, I’ll give 3000 a chance to play just about anything he wants. Call me biased.)

Does an Afro Samurai film sound good to you? And who would you like to see in the lead role?

Souce: MTV News

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  1. your Dragonball and Cowboy Bebop links are broken. they got extra HTTP’s =P

  2. Thanks for letting us know! Links are fixed.


  3. “Wow, Dragonball, Cowboy Bebop, and now possibly Afro Samurai? Hollywood seems to be on a real anime kick.”

    You’re forgetting Ghost in the Shell (Spielberg), Battle Angel Alita (Cameron), Akira, Monster, and Death Note. And probably many more to come.

    • samurai jack vs. afro samurai!!!!!!!! ultimate movie crossover!!!!!!!!!!

  4. The problem with Afro is that the story line isn’t as rich as some of the other properties out there. It’s a very, very basic revenge story and very gory. Season one did me in, because his past is pretty dismal and his future seems to be no better. Some dictionary probably has Afro’s story in place of the definition of hopeless. That won’t bother some, because Jackson’s character comes off as having plenty of cool. I would hope that season two is better and that a live action show will get a denser, if not a slightly more upbeat story. :) Season one is already in stores. I saw it in a second hand store just yesterday.

  5. Andre Benjamin is 100% perfect for this role and he’s great on screen.

    Check him out in Semi-pro or even better, in Revolver where he was awesome.

  6. Ah go away Sam Jackson, I’m tired seeing you in everything being yourself, just…go…away

  7. @ the old man:

    I can agree with the story not being the most in depth and developmental or groundbreaking premise, but I have to disagree with your wishes for a more upbeat story. The issue is just what you described, Afro is a character with a dismal past and future, he’s trapped in a bloody circle of life and death, and for that reason he can’t ever be happy. I mean, think about it, he avenged his father’s death, achieved his goal in life, and the best he could do was go into exile (which was interrupted if you saw the movie). There can’t be a happy ending for Afro.

    @ Siberia:

    Sameul L. Jackson is awesome :P Have you ever even watched Afro Samurai? He barely says anything at all :P