Samuel L. Jackson revealed his personal top five list Samuel L. Jackson movies. Man is, in a quantifiable way, one of the most successful and prolific actors in history. With a career spanning decades, including cult classics, massive franchises and everything in between, there is plenty to choose from. That said, his five picks may come as a surprise, for a variety of reasons.
The actor, who currently stars in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Having starred in blockbusters like Jurassic Park and the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as well as classics like Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas, Colbert asked Samuel L. Jackson if he had ever watched the movies he’s been in. Here is what he had to say.
“Some actors lie to you about it. They watch their movies. It’s all about ‘watch me’, that’s why we’re here. I got into this because I love acting, but when I was doing theater, I always wanted to watch the plays that I was with me in. And I couldn’t. So with the possibility of doing stuff and watching it, yes. I watch it. If I’m surfing the channels and haven’t found anything that I want to watch, or I’m not specifically looking for something, and I skip something I’m in, stop and watch it. ”
At this point, the host asked the actor to name the top five movies he’s been in. Samuel L. Jackson didn’t prepare a list ahead of time, it seems, but the five titles he released were The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), A Time To Kill (1996), Jackie Brown (1997), The Red Violin (1999) and One Eight Seven (1997). Considering the movies he’s been in, this is a unique roster. For one thing, all of these movies were produced between the mid to late ’90s. It doesn’t include entries from the huge franchises it’s been in, either. This even includes, arguably, his lesser-known collaboration with Quentin Tarantino.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is certainly a much-loved ’90s film, and A Time To Kill was a critically acclaimed success. But there are definitely some deep cuts there. One Eight Seven was released in 1997, and the drama, directed by Kevin Reynolds, is a barely discussed entry into the actor’s filmography. The Red Violin, released in 1999 and directed by François Girard, is another, albeit hailed, entry that is largely overlooked in the discussion of Sam Jackson’s contributions to cinema.
Samuel L. Jackson is better known these days as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jackson played the role from the start, having appeared briefly in a post-credits scene in Iron Man. He is expected to reprise the role once again in the Marvel’s Secret Invasion series for Disney +. Other than that, Jackson stars in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which hits theaters later this month. You can check out the full clip of the interview for yourself on The Late Show YouTube channel.