Credo: Samuel L Jackson
'Acting is something I need to do. It's a need to be somebody else, which is freeing, and allows me to be comfortable with who I am'
Sunday 31 May 2009
Acting is something I need to do. It's a need to be somebody else, which is freeing, and allows me to be comfortable with who I am and the things I go through.
I n my twenties I was besotted – either drunk or drugged out – but I've no regrets. Your experiences have a lot to do with shaping who you become, and some of the dark places I've been have helped inform a lot of the things I do on screen.
Some actors go through their careers and people can't name one character they played or utter one line they've said. So for me to have that [with Jules in Pulp Fiction] is great. I still get asked to do the "Ezekiel" speech at least twice a week.
I'm mundane. I accept it, I embrace it. I've played a lot of self-assured characters who wear cool things, but that has nothing to do with who I am. I don't go out; I don't dance or do all the other stuff that is part of a Hollywood lifestyle.
Every time I'm in New York, I'll go to an AA meeting; it's where I got clean. I actually went last week. I go back because there's always someone there for a first time and they can look and go, "Oh my god, I heard you used to come here." I'm just the same as the addict; still an addict.
You treat people the way you want to be treated. There's an interesting statement I once saw on the wall of a production company's office: "Be careful of the toes you step on today, because they may be connected to the ass you'll have to kiss tomorrow."
My biggest fear is I won't keep working. Everybody worries about the phone stopping ringing. Hopefully, I'll be like Michael Caine and just keep on going.
Golf is my spiritual wake-up. I'm out there every morning at 6am and done by 10am, so when the working day starts, I'm ready for whatever it brings.
Samuel L Jackson hosts the charity event 'Shooting Stars in Desert Nights' on 11 June in London. For more information: www.soujar.com
An enlightening finale for Don DraperTV
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 4 Georgia Army veteran arrested for breaking window to save dog has charges dropped
- 5 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
Cannes Film Festival rejects women from red-carpet screening of pro-LGBT romance 'Carol' for not wearing high heels
Game of Thrones rape scene criticised as 'disgusting' by US senator Claire McCaskill who says she's 'done' with show
Beyonce angers fans by pouring expensive champagne into hot tub in Nicki Minaj 'Feeling Myself' video
Mad Men, TV review: Perfect harmony? Not quite, but an enlightening finale for Don Draper
Love, Cannes film review: Visceral brilliance sets Gasper Noé drama apart from standard porn
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland