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Samuel L. Jackson of "Home of the Brave"

3BlackChicks Review™... HOME OF THE BRAVE - The Interviews (The Diva)

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The Diva's interview with

Samuel L. Jackson
One of the Stars of
Home of the Brave (2006)


Copyright Kamal Larsuel , 2006



Photograph by Kevin Reynolds


There is not much I haven't said about Sam Jackson and what his friendship means to me. One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but also one of the hardest working and with this work ethic comes one of the biggest misconceptions about him; that he'll do anything for money. One of need only look at all the small films he has done to ascertain that allegation is false. Heck his current movie, “Home of the Brave” while not a small film, it certainly can't be called a blockbuster. The fact of the matter is, Sam likes to work. Sam has to work. He was raised in a family where everyone held a job and it seems that this is coded in his DNA.





The Diva:
Why this movie?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Oh a real junket question. Ahem. I didn't have anything else to do. I don't do a lot of films that deal with social commentary very often. The war is in the news, and what is the news? The truth is a lot of these kids are coming home or not coming home and a lot of people are effected by it. We should try to find a way to put a face on that. I thought it was an opportune time to do that, we don't always do things about things while they are happening.

The Diva:
Well it was an eye opener for me. It changed my thinking on thee war. I'm against the war-

Samuel L. Jackson:
Really, now you aren't?

The Diva:
No. I still am, but I see it a little differently now. From a different perspective. Did you talk to anyone about this role? Military Dr.'s?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Nah. Not about this film specifically, but its funny, I kept running into kids either going there or coming back and I met this one girl named Deja Drew last Christmas. She was 19 years old and she was an information officer, she was coming home from Iraq on a short vacation. She explained that she goes from house to house and explains to the Iraqi people why we are there and how we can help them. I asked her if she poke the language and she said, “No I have a translator” It struck me as odd that she has to trust this guy that he is saying what she is telling him to say. For all she knows he could be telling them “White the devil is going to come here and slit your throat while you're asleep.” But I kept running into the, and I spent enough time around army doctors and army hospitals to understand the phenomenon and I read up on field hospitals and actually field hospitals are much better equipped than what we depicted in the film. I mean they have guys who are capable of doing micro surgery like ?that? in the field. So I guess for dramatic effect we had a remote field hospital where those things just weren't possible.. Its just interesting to explore the human condition in that my character comes home and he can?t really talk about what he saw or what he did and he has a kid at home who is against what he was doing. His son doesn't really have enough information about what is going on and like most kids think they are smarter than you and you are just too old and don?t understand and life just isn't fair so they don?t to talk about it. It was good to put a face on that.

The Diva:
What are your personal feelings on the war?

Samuel L. Jackson:
We should all just come home and let those people go back to going to the store like they did before we got there. They'll sort it out. All they needed was to get rid of the guy at the top. We did that, now we can go home. I actually thought we went over there so gas would be cheaper. Then all of the sudden, gas was $5 a gallon and now it $4.50 and I think I'm getting a bargain. So come home.

The Diva:
Speaking of home, you've barely been home over the last year, you've been so busy. You've got several movies coming up. Black Snake Moan, Farce of the Penguins, Resurrecting the Champ, 1408, you just finished Jumper?

Samuel L. Jackson:
No. I'm still filming Jumper.

The Diva:
Is that because its heavy on the special effects?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Yeah. I mean these kids can teleport. One minute they are in Rome and the next minute they are in Mexico and I?m trying to kill them in process.

The Diva:
Oh you're the bad guy?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Maybe, Maybe not. Maybe they're bad and I'm trying to save the world.

The Diva:
We all pretty much know about “Black Snake Moan”, what about “Resurrecting the Champ” Isn't it a story about mistaken identity?

Samuel L. Jackson:
. Yeah, Josh Harnett is a writer looking for his next big story and he comes across me who everyone thinks is a long lost boxing champ, and he isn't, but he has been pretending to be for years.

The Diva:
Interesting. When is it coming out?

Samuel L. Jackson:
I don't know. It supposed to be at Sundance with Black Snake Moan. Jumper is coming out in 2008.

The Diva:
You've also got 1408 is with John Cusack, right?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Right. Yes we had fun filming that in London.

The Diva:
He's a reporter investigating allegations that this hotel room 1408 is haunted and you are the hotel manager?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Right

The Diva:
Is it haunter or

Samuel L. Jackson:
Oh yea it is, I'm the one keeping everyone away from the room. But they shot a whole lot of stuff without me because I am just the manager.

The Diva:
Tell me about 'The Cleaner” - not to be confused with the Cedric movie.

Samuel L. Jackson:
Basically, I play this guy who is a crime scene cleaner. Cleaners go in after a crime and clean up all the blood and guts and brain matter etc.

The Diva:
Really?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Well you don't think it cleans itself up, do you?

The Diva:
Well no, but I thought the police or CSI would.

Samuel L. Jackson:
you watch too much television? There are companies that actually do that-

The Diva:
That has to be rough, is it a drama? Does he lose himself? Go crazy? Lose his mind and start killing people?

Samuel L. Jackson:
No. He gets called to a crime scene that is a huge mess- blood everywhere brain matter on the wall, just a mess. He cleans it up and goes home. He realizes that he still has the key and goes back to the house. He gets to the door a woman opens the door and he thinks he has the wrong house he's confused and leaves. The woman tracks him down and it turns out that her husband is missing the soon figure out that he was killed and my character cleaned the crime scene. We can?t go to the police because there is no body and I got rid of all the evidence.

The Diva:
oooh I can't wait! And you're doing Black Water Transit with Bruce, too? I read the book a few years back. Are you the gun runner or do you own the ship yard?

Samuel L. Jackson:
I play Jack.

The Diva:
What else have you been up to? How's the family?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Just fine. Zoe is going to be developing a cooking show for the Food Network and Latanya is looking for projects. She's trying to put together a Madame C.J. Walker project. Right now I'm in the midst of starting a production deal with New Line. So I'm trying to figure out what kind of films I want to make and if I want to make films with me in them or other people in them - you create opportunities for other people. Finding stories that are interesting. Do I want to do edgy films or (heavy sarcasm) do I want to do that sensitive love story that everyone is so aching to see me in?

The Diva:
Are you looking for something specific?

Samuel L. Jackson:
No. I won?t know until it comes. I get scripts every week. I read them and I don't know the story until -- sometimes I look at the title and go “Oh, Snakes on a Plane, yeah” or I read something the other day called “Repossession Mambo” and I was like, “hmm okay. What is this??” and it turns out that it was about some guys who work for a repossession company in the future, but the work for a company that sells peoples organs. So when people don't pay their bills, they go get their organs. This is good!

The Diva:
What else have you been up too?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Just some travel and working with our foundation.

The Diva:
What?s it called ?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Samuel L. and Latanya Jackson Foundation .

The Diva:
How does one benefit from the foundation?

Samuel L. Jackson:
We find them. Teachers recommend students.

The Diva:
Say I know of someone deserving..

Samuel L. Jackson:
Someone who has a daughter who's not even in school yet, Kamal?

The Diva:

The Diva:
Well possibly. I know of a deserving 4 year old.

Samuel L. Jackson:
She should be fine, it's not like she's going to school in the CD (local area in Seattle)

The Diva:
No. She's not, but I'm going to have to put her in private school. No child left behind has pretty much killed any chance of her getting the well rounded curriculum I wanted for her. By the way did you see the pictures I sent to you?

Samuel L. Jackson:
Yeah.

The Diva:
Yeah? That's it?

Samuel L. Jackson:
What am I supposed to say? She looks very intelligent?

The Diva:
That second only to your own child, she is the most beautiful child you've ever seen and that she looks very intelligent.

Samuel L. Jackson:
*laughs* okay all of that, now enough about your family.

And with that, our interview wrapped up. We exchanged hugs and kisses. I gave him his Christmas and birthday gifts and left the interview walking on cloud nine as usual.




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