Samuel L Jackson is done chasing the Oscars, wants to be Nick Fury and Mace Windu
Marvel star Samuel L. Jackson says he’s done chasing the Oscars and just wants to have fun roles like Nick Fury. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the revered actor admitted he’s more excited to be Mace Windu again one day than chasing prestige. Famously, the actor never claimed this award, but became a beloved figure in the film community without the highest form of material. Jackson has also managed to amass an astonishing fortune playing some fan-favorite roles. It’s no surprise that the Nick Fury actor is content to have fun pursuing projects close to his heart rather than trying out for high-profile roles. Jackosn’s stature also gives him the breadth to make those claims in interviews without fear of the repercussions that a young actor might follow. Find out what he had to say here.
“I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor. My yardstick for success is my happiness: Am I happy with what I’m doing? hunt for statues. [whispers]: ‘If you make this film, you will win an Oscar.’ No thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in hand.”
Previously, he also said, “My wife and I went to see ‘Bugsy,'” Jackson shared. “Shit! They got nominated and I didn’t? Guess black guys usually win for doing some despicable bullshit on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in “Training Day”. All the good things he’s done in uplifting roles like “Malcolm X?” No, we’ll give it to that motherfucker. So maybe I should have won one. But the Oscars don’t move the decimal on your check – it’s about getting asses in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”
In this same discussion, he turned his attention to Spider-Man: No Coming Home. “They should have an Oscar for most popular movie. Because that’s what it’s all about,” Jackson said of Marvel’s success. “He did what movies have done forever – he brought people into a big, dark room.”
“All films are valid,” added the star. “Some go to the movies to be emotional. Some like superheroes. If someone has more butts on the seats, it just means your audience isn’t as large. There are people who have had successful careers but no one can recite a single line from their parts. I’m the guy who says shit on a t-shirt.”
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