Samuel L. Jackson: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Ellen Patton
Ellen Patton

Welcome back to our Samuel L. Jackson list. Part one has already shown that the actor has had a somewhat tumultuous life, but as we all know, it certainly worked out in the end. Keep on reading to find out more about the actor that you probably didn’t know.

Number Eight: He Played Martin Luther King Jr. in a Play

Decades after attending the leader’s funeral, the actor portrayed the man in a play called The Mountaintop. Angela Bassett was in the production as well.

Number Seven: His True Passion for Acting Began After Seeing the Negro Ensemble Company

He was hooked after seeing a single performance. He would eventually attend Morehouse for acting – after having been expelled.

Number Six: He Was a Stand-In for Bill Cosby

That’s right, Samuel L. Jackson worked on The Cosby Show. But he definitely never had any lines – he only worked as a camera stand for his three years there.

Number Five: He Loves Graphic Novels

Somehow this makes perfect sense, given the kinds of roles he’s had over the course of his career. Two of his favorite graphic novels are Locke & Key and Scalped.

Number Four: Samuel L. Jackson’s Pulp Fiction Character Was Written Specifically for Him

His turn as Jules Winnfield is one of his most iconic roles. But it wouldn’t have happened if Quentin Tarantino didn’t write the role specifically for the actor.

Number Three: He Played a Crack Addict Days After Getting Out of Rehab

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Jackson struggled with addiction to cocaine. Almost as soon as he got out of rehab for it, he was acting as a crack addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.

Number Two: He Started Saying ‘Motherf****r’ as a Child

Apparently saying this word regularly as a kid helped him to overcome stuttering. I don’t know exactly how that worked but I like that it did.

Number One: He Has the Highest-Grossing Filmography of Any Actor

His movies have collectively earned $7 billion. And his residuals make him over $300,000 annually. Not bad, Jackson, not bad. Hope you enjoyed reading about Samuel L. Jackson.