Sam Jackson Talks ‘Star Wars 7,’ Criticizing Critics, & M. Night Shyamalan’s Ego

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Sam Jackson Talks Star Wars 7 and M Night Shyamalan Sam Jackson Talks Star Wars 7, Criticizing Critics, & M. Night Shyamalans Ego

Besides being known for some incredibly memorable roles from the past two decades – Jules from Pulp Fiction, Nick Fury from the Marvel movie universe, and Ray “Hold On to Yer Butts” Arnold from Jurassic Park – Samuel L. Jackson is also known for being one of the most outspoken and honest Hollywood actors on the planet. Just ask New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.

Recently, while promoting his role in Django Unchained, Jackson talked about a wide range of things, including his desire to be in Star Wars: Episode 7 , his not-so-flattering opinion of M. Night Shyamalan, the prospect of an Unbreakable 2, and his unalienable right to criticize A.O. Scott for his criticism of The Avengers.

We’ve selected several quotes from the interview below, but make sure to read Mike Ryan’s full interview at The Huffington Post.

I’ve seen you say that you’d be willing to come back for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7.’


With the way we last saw Mace Windu …
“He just went out the window.”

He could still be alive.
“He just went out the window. He’s a Jedi! He could have landed on a ledge.”

In ‘Attack of the Clones,’ Anakin jumps out of a speeder and lands on another speeder. Why couldn’t Mace Windu have done the same thing?
“I could have done any of that. And I’m down with that.”

In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Mace Windu (as played by Jackson) learned that Chancellor Palpatine was secretly a Sith Lord and decided to confront the man in his office, to which Palpatine screamed, “No, no, no.” After Anakin Skywalker intervened and chopped off Windu’s arm, Palpatine blasted the Jedi Master out the window – with force lightning/“unlimited power” – and presumably to his doom.

Sam Jackson as Mace Windu in Star Wars 7 Sam Jackson Talks Star Wars 7, Criticizing Critics, & M. Night Shyamalans Ego

Of course, it’s possible that Mace Windu could’ve survived that fall, what with his Midichlorians and all, but the prognosis didn’t look so good at the time. Plus, his survival would raise all sorts of awkward continuity questions, like, “If Windu was alive throughout the Original Trilogy, where was he at the time? Why didn’t he help Luke Skywalker realize his Jedi potential? Why didn’t he fight the Empire, and Darth Vadar, and Emperor Palpatine?” It’s this sort of thing – bending backwards to fit certain characters from previous movies into a sequel/prequel – that made parts of the Prequel Trilogy storytelling so clumsy, to say the least.

Which isn’t to say it couldn’t work. Anything’s possible.

On the topic of M. Night Shyamalan and Unbreakable 2:

We’re never going to see a sequel to ['Unbreakable'], are we?
“There were supposed to be three. I don’t know.[...] You’ll have to ask the brilliant director who wrote it and didn’t do the rest of them. I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since [Unbreakable]. [...] He suffered from what happened to Quentin when he made ‘Jackie Brown.’ He didn’t make ‘Pulp Fiction 2,’ he made ‘Jackie Brown’ – which is a wonderful ****ing movie.”

People love ‘Jackie Brown.’
“But it wasn’t ‘Pulp Fiction 2.’ ‘Unbreakable’ also didn’t have the numbers of ‘I see dead people.’ That was a problem for [M. Night Shyamalan] … for his ego and the studio, also.”

If M. Night announced tomorrow that ‘Unbreakable 2′ is going to happen, it would be all over the Internet.
“Everybody would be waiting for it, yeah. It would be crazy for it. It would trend through the roof now on Twitter. But, yeah, they would. But Quentin makes movies that Quentin wants to see. I don’t think M. Night makes movies for the same reason. Quentin makes movies that are genres that he wants to see. ‘I like Spaghetti Westerns – I’m going to write a Spaghetti Western. I like blaxploitation movies, too – so I’m going to make the protagonist black.’ So, he’s got a blaxploitation western with Hong Kong undertones. The ‘Bullet Ballet’ undertones. He wants to see it and I want to see it. I want to be in that kind of movie.”

I think M. Night gets too caught up on having to have a twist. 
“Yeah, there’s that. And there’s, you know, ‘I’m smarter than everybody coming to watch my movie.’ Quentin’s not that. He’s just, ‘I want you to love my movie. I want you to love it and enjoy it because this is ****ing cool.’ “

M. Night Shyamalan has received his fair share of criticism over the past few years – particularly for his adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender (though The Happening, Lady in the Water, and The Village weren’t exactly beloved) – but this may be the first time an actor who’s worked with him has been so bluntly critical of his work.

Sam Jackson in Unbreakable Sam Jackson Talks Star Wars 7, Criticizing Critics, & M. Night Shyamalans Ego

It’s hard to imagine that Shyamalan will be more inclined to make Unbreakable 2 after hearing what Jackson has to say about him. Then again, Hollywood-types have overlooked far worse for the sake of cinema (and, of course, $$$).

On his very public (via Twitter) criticism of A.O. Scott, who gave The Avengers a negative review:

Why did you take that so personally? It wasn’t like people weren’t going to see ‘The Avengers.’

“Well, that was my point. 99% of the people in the world look at that movie as what it is. It’s not an intellectual exposition that you need to intellectualize in any way. The people that read A.O. Scott, 30 percent of them were going to see the movie. The other 70 percent want to read [about something else.] ‘Talk about something else, m*********er. Send your kid to see the movie and ask the kid what he thought.’ He had a right to say it. [...] That’s OK, but it’s not like I didn’t have a right to re-criticize him just because I’m an actor. That’s the point. That was the real sole point for everybody. ‘How dare this actor say something about what a critic wrote?’ ”

I saw people defending both sides.
“**** that. If you can say it, then I can say something about it. Other people write in about it and nobody gives a ***. Just because it was me, it was like, ‘Oh, ****.’ It’s like, ‘Yes, m*********er, I pay attention.’ Unlike other actors, I don’t lie and I don’t bull**** people. I read **** about me. I read everything I can about me. And if you say something bad about me and I agree with it, I’ll be OK with it. But if you say something that’s ****ed-up about a piece of bull**** pop culture that really is good – ‘The Avengers’ is a ****ing great movie; Joss did an awesome job – if you don’t get it, then just say, ‘I don’t get it.’ In general, you don’t compare that **** to a John Wayne movie. And you don’t call me a game-show host and get away with that ****.”

For reference, A.O. Scott wrote the following about Samuel L. Jackson in his review: “Mr. Jackson, with an eye patch and his well-practiced bellow, is more master of ceremonies than mission commander, and under his watch the Avengers indulge in some Rat Pack-y horsing around.” To which Jackson replied: “#Avengers fans,NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!

While it’s certainly true that anybody can criticize a criticism – indeed, some criticisms are in dire need of criticism – I’m not entirely sure it’s fair to call for a critic’s job over one bad review of a film, no matter how good that film is. But hey! That’s just my opinion.

What’re your thoughts, Screen Ranters? Do you want to see Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars: Episode 7? Do you agree with him with regard to M. Night Shyamalan and/or A.O. Scott? Let us know in the comments.

Django Unchained – starring Samuel L. Jackson as “Stephen” – hits theaters December 25th, 2012.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Source: The Huffington Post

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  1. Missed an F bomb in there…

    • Ugh. Thanks!

      • No worries. I’m not offended lol but you never know who might be!

  2. I don’t personally like Sam Jackson. I respect him for his “not giving a s***” attitude and his work ethic because that’s how I also view life. But he is tasteless and an attention wh***. I could care less if he is in another movie for the rest of time. He will not be missed by me.

    • Your loss.

  3. Can’t help but get the feeling Sam Jackson never left Jules Winnfield behind. Something about the way he speaks perhaps…

    Agree about M. Night though. Adored ‘Unbreakable’. Although I think ‘The Village’ is underrated.

    • Unbreakable is one of my favourite films.
      But I also loved The Village, which I think is a very powerful film, and unlike so many people, I also VERY much love Lady in the Water, which is in my opinion unfairly criticized.

      On the other hand, I absolutely detest Samuel L. Jackson, and his bitching about M. Night Shyamalan sounds like sour grapes to me. He comes across as a self-absorbed, self-important, a**hole, who’s ungrateful and inconsiderate.

      This article is great… I hated Jackson for being a pathetic actor.. Now I can hate him for being a pathetic person as well.

  4. I love him so much that I want him to be in every movie possible! Star Wars 18, X-men 74, Jaws 457…

    And YES ! I’ll be one of the massive crowd breaking the internet over for a sequel to unbreakable… ^^

  5. That’s one bad mother… ;)

  6. I don’t know, personally, I like him. Maybe because I’m biased in that, like me, he’s a comic book freak and he understands the material. How many times have we heard some star or another say “Yea, I was a big comic book fan”. I think most of the time they’re paying the fans lip service. I like the fact that he and Cage are both comic book lovers. I like the fact that he’s got an eclectic taste in the movies he makes. I can honestly say the only movie 3 movies I didn’t really like him in was Shaft and The Spirit. I too believe he would’ve made a damn better Alex Cross than Tyler Perry. And in regards to him being a “media whore”. He’s an actor, I suppose it comes with the territory.

    • Ouch… now I wasn’t the biggest fan of Tyler Perry portraying Alex Cross, but Sammy J as Alex Cross? That’s a slap across James Patterson’s face! LOL! I’m a hardcore fan of Alex Cross. Read and own all the novels. When I envision Cross while reading, I think of a Idris Elba/Morgan Freeman type. And yes, Freeman did portray him originally. He just didn’t sell the age part very well lol. I can’t envision Cross saying retarded things like “Get these monkey eating snakes off this Monday through Friday plane!” <~~~ See edited version.

  7. Oh, the 3rd movie was Cavemans Valentine. maybe because I didn’t care for the movie that much.

  8. Its cool to hear Samuel has a soul and might kick your head in for knocking him. Avengers had some serious fascist overtones in the theme that worried me. Loki saying Freedom is dangerous, people need to be controled. ITS HAUNTING CONSIDERING THE NDAA ACT AND THE CONTINUED STAMPING OUT OF CIVIL LIBERTIES.

    • What sorcery is this?! =O_o

      • I think he switched from the Latin alphabet to the Chinese alphabet mid sentence. Must’ve been a provocative thought.


    • I’m glad you explained that. Kahless was starting to sharpen his bat’leth. :-D

  10. Haha Sam Jackson interviews never fail to be entertaining.

  11. Don’t mess with Sam Jackson m*********ers!!!

  12. Did anyone else read his answers in a Sam Jackson voice?

    • I read it in a Dave Chappelle ala Sam Jackson imitation voice.


    • I don’t think you can help but do that can you?

      “Hell no m**********r!”

      But if someone has something to say about you then he’s right, you have the right to respond, to the person, and to the comment. But it doesn’t give you the right to be nasty about it just because you disagree with the comment, or maybe don’t even like the commenter.

      It’s no different to in here, not everyone agrees with each other but there’s no need for road rage.

  13. The man has every right to defend himself, just by chance he’s the kind of man to tell you straight and not butter it up in a nice way

  14. I do not want to see him on Star Wars: Episode 7…..he would be an old man…Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi in Episode 4 was old and Mace is older than him…I don’t think it would work

    • Not nesseresarly true, you see in the novals (which arn’t technicaly canon but still) it goes on that during the clone war the Kamionians and Arkian mirco were going rapid about the idea of cloning jedi.
      In Star Wars the Clone Wars Palpatine attemps to make Dark Jedi (this is canon to the movies)
      In Force Unleashed Starkiller fights many Dark Jedi and in the Imperial databanks it says that they are rumured to be former, re-animated or cloned Jedi (this is canon to the movies)so how ever unlikly we might actuly see Sam come back PS Bobba and Bossk should be in this movie

  15. I enjoy Sam Jackson and think he’s a great actor but geez, a bit too far with the AO Scott comments no? Just because a critic didn’t enjoy the movie or his particular performance, you don’t make comments like that. I don’t think that was very professional at all, Sam Jackson made that way too personal. If he’s going to criticize someone’s else’s ego, he’s gotta check his first.

  16. They did say that all the Jedi were either dead or in hiding durring films 4, 5, & 6. I could see Mace Windu, being horribly injured from the lighting, going into hiding because he could feel what was about to take place. Im not saying its the strongest story, but it at least makes sense.

  17. Oh well, I still love Sam, the best motherf***er in the world. :-)

  18. I wonder if this will start a trend…

    Critic: “Anne Hathaway’s performance in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was very underwhelming. It wasn’t convincing to me at all.”

    Hathaway: “Oh whatever! F*** him! He wouldn’t know a great performance if it bit him on the a**! He’s a f*****g loser! ‘UNDERWHELMING’??? What kind of bulls*** is that??? He can just kiss my a**!!!

    • ” (end quote)

    • i’d kiss her a**

      • ;)

  19. That was awesome.

  20. Hmm, nothing against Mr. Jackson but personally I don’t see any point in reprising his role in ‘Star Wars.’

  21. I don’t have a problem with what SLJ had to say about AO Scott, even though I mostly agree with AO’s review.

  22. Sam seems to think what he says matters and people care what he thinks.
    He deems himself a philosopher and soothsayer of sorts and apostle of truth.

    Samuel L. Jackson is thin-skinned, craves attention, and calls attention to
    himself when he feels he is not getting enough of it or the wrong kind.
    He has become a caricature of himself with his foul-mouthed spouts.

    • Does anyone really think that what they say doesn’t matter? I mean, really, would you have responded if you thought your words didn’t matter? Would I respond to your response? Anyone who’s ever blogged or made a forum post has to believe that their words matter on some level (unless they’re just trolling). Samuel L. Jackson is hardly alone in regards to that.

      • Samuel L. Jackson has an inflated view of his pronouncements
        and thinks they matter more than they actually do when
        usually what he has to say is nothing but spilled ego.
        And in that sense, he is not like most everyone.

        • He is just a frank guy who says what he thinks, unlike a lot of people who just try to keep it themselves and people the knows and trust. Though his methods may leave a lot left to be desired I suppose.

  23. all i know is i will have a samuel jackson over a samuel adams ANYDAY … ITS GOOD MOTHER FING BEER .. IT WILL GET YOU DRUNK ! YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE A NINJA OR TWO … HHHHHMMMHMMMM BIOTCH

  24. Sam can’t be in Ep. 7. Billy Dee’s gonna be in it. He would mess up the ratio.

  25. I always thought Mace Windu was Jules after Jules left the businees in Pulp Fiction. he walked the earth like Kane in Kung Fu and became a Jedi. Go ahead bring him back he’s one bad m’fer

    • hahahahahahah

      *thumbs up*!

  26. I’d wish they’d ask him what he thinks about the cancellation of Secret Circle…. “those mother f***ers out they god-d**m minds! Cassie Blake mother f***ers!”

  27. I am pro-’bring Mace Windu back’. That is all.

  28. Wow, way to act mature Jackson. Just because someone didn’t like “The Avengers” doesn’t mean you have to flip s**t and call him out as if he were attacking you directly.

    God forbid someone dislikes something with SLJ these days, it’s not like he wants the attention or anything. Very mature. (facepalm)

  29. Funny thing is, I actually enjoyed Lady In The Water and The Happening and have watched both multiple times due to said enjoyment of them.

    Only Shyamalan movie I hated was The Last Airbender because I never really liked Avatar anyway and the movie version was badly written and badly acted.