Samuel L. Jackson is one cool dude. It doesn’t matter how old he gets or what roles he takes, because he’s bound to make them cool just because he’s playing them. That can be said for everything from “The Avengers” to “Pulp Fiction” to “Snakes on a Plane” — and even the M. Night Shyamalan movie “Unbreakable.”
During a recent conversation with the Huffington Post, Jackson talked about his streak of cool characters and where they started, and also touched upon the subject of “Unbreakable.” That launched him into a lengthy and interesting discussion of Shyamalan as a director, and how he stacks up to someone like Quentin Tarantino.
“I don’t choose roles because of [being cool],” Jackson explained. “Sometimes, people will just attribute stuff to it. It’s like Elijah [Price, Jackson’s character] in ’Unbreakable.’ You know, people say he’s ’cool.’ He’s a f–king breakable nerd. And they go, ’That f–king coat and your hair — he’s just cool.’ And I’m like, ’Really?'”
Jackson opened up that can of worms himself. The conversation then steered to the topic of Shyamalan and his films — a topic he spoke about quite candidly.
“I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since [’Unbreakable’],” Jackson said. “Well, 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 f—ing movie. … ’Unbreakable’ also didn’t have the numbers of ’I see dead people.’ That was a problem for him … for his ego and the studio, also.”
As for the chance that we’ll ever see an “Unbreakable 2,” Jackson revealed that there were actually supposed to be three movies in total. He said that while people would be excited for Shyamalan to announce the long-anticipated sequel, fans won’t love it as much as they do Tarantino movies.
“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,” Jackson said. “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 f–king cool.'”
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