Samuel L. Jackson: ‘When I see Trump, I see the same rednecks’ who use the n-word

Samuel L. Jackson recently gave a fantastic interview to Rolling Stone. He was promoting his Disney+ series, Secret Invasion, where he reprises his role as Nick Fury. Disney/Marvel put together a great team of actors for the series, including Emilia Clarke, Ben Mendelsohn and Olivia Colman. What struck me, as I was reading this interview, is how much joy Sam has for his job, how much he loves his fellow actors, how much he cares about the franchises he’s a part of. Like, he actually watches all of those Marvel movies, even the ones he’s not in, and he cares about the storylines and why Nick Fury wasn’t around for that movie or that series. Speaking of, he’s also got The Marvels coming out later this year, which reunites him with someone he clearly loves dearly: Brie Larson. Brie is his girl, he adores her. Some highlights from Rolling Stone:

He wasn’t pushing for Nick Fury to have his own series: “I actually have not. My biggest concern with Marvel was trying to keep them from killing me more than anything else. [Laughs] I kind of liked the gig! When they called me in to tell me what’s going on, I always thought they were trying to kill me. They didn’t let me go to Wakanda, which I was kind of upset about. How could Nick Fury not know about Wakanda? They said, “Well, you do know but you can’t go.” I always wanted to tell the story about who Nick was before he had these superhero friends — when he lived in the shadow world as a spy, and how he connected with these people. Secret Invasion is not a superhero movie. It’s gritty and dark.

Whether he’s been fairly compensated in his nine-picture deal with Marvel: “Every deal was negotiable. [Laughs] Every movie was a negotiated deal. It wasn’t like, “You do one movie and the next one will be X more dollars.” It was better than that. It’s been equitable in terms of what it’s been and how it’s played out. But there are things I wish I’d been in that I wasn’t in, like Civil War. If the kids are fighting, why isn’t Nick Fury there to send them to their rooms? They never explained that to me.

The sexism directed at Brie Larson: “Brie’s a stronger person than people give her credit for. We had done Kong together, which was not the most wonderful experience for either of us. We became great friends during that particular experience because we were having such a hard time. Then, when she was doing her movie [Unicorn Store] and trying to get a particular actor, I was in the makeup trailer with her and was like, “Why are you trying to hire this other actor and not trying to get me to do your movie?” She said, “I didn’t think you’d ever do it… so, will you?” And I was like, “Let’s do it.” Then, we bonded through the election while we were doing her movie when Donald Trump won. She was broken and I was like, “Don’t let ‘em break you. You have to be strong now.” Then, when she got Captain Marvel, she called me and was like, “They want me in the Marvel Universe. Should I do it?” And I was like, “Hell yeah! Let’s do it!” But she’s not going to let any of that stuff destroy her. These incel dudes who hate strong women, or the fact that she’s a feminist who has an opinion and expressed it? Everybody wants people to be who they want them to be. She is who she is, and she’s genuinely that.

Difficult times in America: “The world seems to be in as hard a place as it’s always been. As a child of the Sixties, watching what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and seeing the police beating those demonstrators — and those were young white kids — I learned there’s a certain kind of thing that the powers that be don’t want us doing. One of them is protesting what they think they want us to do. So, when George Floyd happened, it was great to see all the different faces of kids out there fighting the injustice and what the power was doing once again to keep you from having an open mind or keep you from creating change that is not the change they want made. That part has not changed. In my opinion, it’s kind of worse. They used to hide it. Now, they don’t hide it anymore! When I grew up in segregation, I knew which white people didn’t want to be bothered with me and I knew how they felt about me. I know how the Republicans feel about me now because of what my mindset is. When I see Trump, I see the same rednecks I saw when I was growing up who called me “n*****” and tried to keep me in my place. That’s what the Republican Party is to me. They’re doing it to young people, gay people. They don’t care who you are. If you’re not them, you’re the enemy.

Working with Olivia Colman on Secret Invasion: “Amazing! So amazing. I walked in the room that morning when we were supposed to shoot our first scene together. I looked at her, she looked at me, and we both burst out laughing. It was just, “OH MY GOD!?!” It was so great. Emilia Clarke was amazing. Ben [Mendelsohn] has got chops that are out of this world. And, as many Marvel movies as Don [Cheadle] and I have been in, I don’t think we’ve ever had a conversation until Secret Invasion. And I’ve known Don forever! We never had a moment onscreen that was meaningful together until this particular thing. I had an amazing time doing stuff with people I truly admire and watch. I even went to work when I wasn’t working just to watch Martin Freeman because I wished I was in the scene with him.

[From Rolling Stone]

He was asked about Quentin Tarantino’s last film, The Movie Critic, and whether he has a role in it and he doesn’t know, but he hopes that QT will write a part for him. He also talks about how much he wants to do a Korean film or work with a Korean director, because he loves the Korean films being made now, and now I hope Bong Joon-ho hears that sh-t and writes a role for him. Anyway, I love what he said about political activism and how the MAGA crowd is just made up of the same old bigots and rednecks. It’s true.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. CrazyHeCallsMe says:

    Love Samuel L. He’s a great actor and his movies have been very successful. Per Wikipedia:

    “Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and producer. One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation, the films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the second-highest-grossing actor of all time.”

    And as always he’s a straight shooter when he speaks of politics and what’s happening.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I had no idea but it makes sense between QT films, Star Wars, and Marvel. Plus the artistic masterpiece Snakes.

    • FHMom says:

      He pops up in so many of the movies I watch. It doesn’t surprise me that his films have grossed so much. Even when his roles are minor, he manages to make them memorable.

      • bettyrose says:

        I shared this detail with my SO this morning who reminded me that SLJ has a bit part in the original Jurassic Park. I’d completely forgotten. He’s touched all the major franchises. Even if he doesn’t get much in residuals from some of this smaller roles, the sum total of his career is massive.

  2. Tila says:

    I loved this interview! On another note, he looks like my late father so much! People would stop him in the street asking for an autograph. He totally loved being mistaken for him.

  3. Lovely Rita says:

    He’s an absolute treasure. He’s great in everything and just reading that made me so happy.

    • Joe bocce says:

      Trump, a redneck?…racist talk from a guy who NEVER created ANY career opportunities like THE President has with his international holdings hiring minorities\women in management opportunities all over the globe. A racist like character actor S L J , who never carried ANY movie and needs to work harder at his “craft”!

      • Mimi says:

        Is that you, trump? trump exploits minorities (including the undocumented he hires to work for slave wages at his properties) then tries to strip them of rights. His policies were all about dragging POC back to pre-civil rights. Take all the seats.

      • John says:

        I don’t know where Mimi gets its info from, but Trump treats his employees well. Mimi as well as Mr. Jackson show their ignorance by trying to portray Trump supporters in this way. Btw, Trump supporters also include many blacks. Trump got the highest percentage of the black vote of any Republican presidential candidate ever. I know a lot of Trump supporters and have never heard them use the N word. The only time I hear the N word is from blacks talking about other blacks. And they use it in a derogatory way!

  4. GoldenMom says:

    What an interesting man! I love his support for a strong woman, and his calling out that Republican mindset.

  5. Seraphina says:

    I ADORE SLJ, ADORE HIM! As far as his comments about Trump, I adore him even more. I read no lies. Keep on speaking truth SLJ!

  6. BlueNailsBetty says:

    “If you’re not them, you’re the enemy.”

    And that’s it in a nutshell.

  7. Brassy Rebel says:

    I love his feminism. I didn’t know that about him!

  8. Michael says:

    The Unicorn Store is a very enjoyable movie and it is what turned me into a Brie Larson fan. She and Samual Jackson have terrific chemistry but then Mr. Jackson has terrific chemistry with everybody

    • Sankay says:

      I haven’t seen Unicorn Store but I find Brie Larson to be “meh” on screen. I wanted to like captain Marvel but it just seemed so one note. The best part was the cat. I’m sure she’s a lovely person, unfortunately it just doesn’t translate onscreen. I am glad she has a friend in Samuel Jackson. I’ll have to watch her in something else besides Marvel.

  9. ClaireB says:

    This man is out here laying down the truth. It’s hard to think that we haven’t come very far in 60 years. Maybe these are in fact the death throes of the ultra-right movement or maybe not, but it’s very painful to live through. We have to believe that justice and equality will prevail.

    • Jaded says:

      It’s sad to see that things haven’t really changed, and with one horrible mistake (electing Trump) the US has gone full swing back to reversing women’s rights and bodily autonomy, minority rights, voting rights, removing funding for health care, education, veterans, senior care, climate/environmental change efforts, it’s all so disheartening…hard to be optimistic.

      • Robert says:

        I agree with you but it’s much more than one horrible mistake. The bigots were always with us from the 18th c. onwards and I assume we’ll never be rid of them. We just need to be more vigilant and keep swine like Trump and DeSantis away from the centers of power.

      • Bee (not THAT Bee) says:

        We’ve got to get out the vote – and fight gerrymandering.

        Only about 50% of voters in Florida cast votes in the election that got them DeSatan.

  10. Spillthattea says:

    I adore him 💕

  11. BothSidesNow says:

    @ ClairB, the small amount of progress that was made has been completely erased and possibly been pushed back even farther. Drumpf entered the picture and he caused ALL of this destruction by granting racist the voice and power to start reversing any change that had happened. The Repugnant’s support him as he defined a rising of the white cis population and has used fear as his strategy.

    SLJ is a national treasure!!! I have adored him for decades and I am always delighted in every production he puts out!!! And his article with the RS has endeared me even more towards him!! Yes to SLJ for standing up and telling the truth and standing with Brie as well!!! Give us SLJ everyday and ALL day!!

  12. Twin Falls says:

    He’s so right about who Trump supporters are.

    Pulp Fiction came out my freshman year in college and it was everywhere and everything.

    Also his narration of the book Go the F**k to Sleep is so perfect.

  13. TIFFANY says:

    This is the man that got expelled from Morehouse because he locked the board, which included Dr Martin Luther King, in a room as a protest.

    He always been that dude.

  14. Delphine says:

    “They don’t care who you are. If you’re not them, you’re the enemy.”

    This is so TRUE!

  15. kirk says:

    Howard Stern did a terrific interview with him a while back. I think it’s probably available on the web to subscribers? I’ve never tried getting Sirius on the web, just lucked on to the interview while driving around in the car 🙂

  16. Deering24 says:

    Eheheh. Watching him play David Tennant and Michael Sheen off each other is everything…😈😈🤣🤣 6:54

  17. ACB says:

    I agree with everything he said!

  18. Aidee Kay says:

    “Don’t let ’em break you. You have to be strong now.” <– THIS!!!!!!!!! I am going to take inspiration from what SLJ told Brie Larson on the night of that orange moron's election.

  19. Leigh_S says:

    I could listen to SLJ croon “No One Gets Out Alive” in The Hitman’s Bodyguard all gd day. Trivia, he wrote it too!

  20. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Good for him! Never stop speaking out!

  21. B W Taylor says:

    I don’t use the n word. My family does not either. We watch SLJ movies, and think he is a great actor. We also love the things DJT did for our country. He is doing his best to keep our country from going down a socialist path.
    Does not seem to have hurt SLJ’s career or success to be black.

  22. Joseph says:

    I agree!!!