Samuel L. Jackson On ‘The Spirit': ‘It’s Wile E. Coyote With Real People’

There’s been no shortage of buzz around the ’Net about Frank Miller’s upcoming adaptation of Will Eisner’s classic series “The Spirit”, but when MTV News spoke with Samuel L. Jackson about the film and his role in it, the popular actor didn’t hesitate to add some thoughts of his own about the project.

“[’The Spirit’] is a comic book,” said Jackson. “You can call ’The Dark Knight’ a comic book, but no, it’s a graphic novel. There’s a difference between a comic book and a graphic novel.”

“’The Spirit’ is funny. It’s tongue-in-cheek, wry humor,” continued Jackson. “It’s sort of Wile E. Coyote with real people. We hit each other with big things [and] we’re both kind of indestructible, so it’s funny in that way. We get shot up, we get stabbed up, we just don’t die.”

Further comparing the upcoming film to this summer’s comics-based blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” Jackson said his character, the villainous Octopus, is “purely evil and bad as The Joker,” but “a genius in my own mind, not in everybody else’s.”

“I keep making these things that don’t work,” he laughed.

For more on how he prepped for his role as The Octopus, be sure to check out our video interview with Samuel L. Jackson.

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