Samuel L. Jackson: ‘The Oscars Reward Black People For Playing Horrible Characters’

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“Django was arguably my best performance, the one I could have gotten an Oscar for because Stephen is the most evil character I’ve ever played.”

Samuel L.Jacksonan iconic African-American actor, was nominated for an Oscar only once, in 1995, for his portrayal of Jules Winnfield – a supporting role – in the film by Quentin Tarantino pulp Fiction. Recently interviewed for the Los Angeles Times, the actor explained his point of view on the question, which shocks more than one in view of his notoriety in Hollywood. ” Everything I’ve done for Quentin has given me opportunities, whether Jackie Brown, The Dirty Eight Where Django [Unchained]. Django was arguably my best performance, the one I could have gotten an Oscar for because Stephen is the most evil character I’ve ever played. Usually they only reward black people who play horrible stuff.” As a reminder, Stephen Warren is the domestic slave of Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who holds under his yoke Broomhilda, the beloved of Django. When he discovers that we are trying to fool his master, Stephen becomes terrifying and does not take his people’s side at all, becoming one of the most detestable characters in the film.

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The career of jackson and the one at Tarantino are closely linked: it would therefore not be surprising if the duo met for the director’s tenth film. ” I do not know. He will tell me, or he won’t tell me. I had never heard of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood at the time. Usually, he calls me to tell me about his projects and ask me what I think of them. Like when he made the Nazi movie Inglorious Basterds. He told me ‘There’s nothing for you in there.’ I had answered ‘I can learn to speak French!’ To which he replied that he already had a Frenchman. So I did the voiceover. If he has never received the statuette for one of his performances – an honorary Oscar was awarded to him this year – the actor does not find this problematic. ” The Oscars were never what measured my success or failures as an actor. My success criterion is my joy: if I’m satisfied with what I’ve done, I’m not a statuette hunter! [souffle] You know, the famous ‘If you make this film, you will have an Oscar’. No thanks, I’d rather be Nick Fury! Or Mace Windu and have fun with a lightsaber! »

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