Samuel L. Jackson and "The Sunset Limited"

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  • 27 Apr 2012 at 12:02 pm #1086

    leedriver
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    “When Jackson was making a filmed version of the play “The Sunset Limited,” with Tommy Lee Jones, the play’s author, Cormac McCarthy, complained about his line readings. Jackson said: “It sounds better my way. I’m not trying to make this fucking worse!”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/magazine/how-samuel-l-jackson-became-his-own-genre.html?nl=movies&emc=edit_fm_20120427


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    27 Apr 2012 at 1:39 pm #1088

    Candy Minx
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    Hee hee! And crazy long article…I’m going to finish it after I finish watching “Burlesque” Cher is awesome!


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    27 Apr 2012 at 1:49 pm #1089

    Candy Minx
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    p.s. I don’t know if I ever posted about seeing the movie “The Sunset Limited” on HBO…but I LOVED it! I thought both actors were incredible.


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    03 May 2012 at 7:00 pm #1114

    I read the whole blame article, a waste of time, and little to nothing about the context of the Jackson-Cormac conflict over a line. Jackson looks to be on some kind of ego trip to which the NYT overly coddles. Jones might’ve got his butt in a crack trying to mediate between the two.

    BobbyKnoxville


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    13 May 2012 at 8:00 am #1205

    Anonymous

    Peculiar. Mayhap Jackson is full of it. I mayhave stated this already but – to me – SamJack’s turn as Black was the only thing he’s done since Jules that’s been worthy of praise. I’m a bit puzzled as to where he gets such a high opinion of himself that he could behave in such a manner. I mean, this is the cat who acted in Snakes on a Plane and Die Hard 3. Am I wrong? This is Cormac McCarthy we’re talking about Sam. I guess he wasn’t a fan of the book.

    Jackson has some genuine skill but I’ll be damned if I’ve seen pictures other than Pulp Fiction and Sunset Limited where its on display. I confess a lack of interest in The Avengers and other similar comic book fare.

    Now I’m really trying to think of when I’ve seen old Sammy give another good performance? Menace II Society?


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    13 May 2012 at 8:53 am #1207

    leedriver
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    Okay okay, I apologize for posting such drivel. It was done in humor but, I agree, it’s a long article with pretty much nothing worthy in it. Jackson has diluted whatever brilliance he might have with over exposure, seems like he’s in every other so-so film that comes out anymore, with more or less the same mannerisms (antics?) applied over and over. I liked the HBO version, thought Jackson was good in a couple of spots but not over all. I always thought Michael Clark Duncan was made for the role of Black. In “Black Snake Moan” however, Jackson actually dug a little bit deep.

    The whole star system, with a very few actors in practically every major role, is getting pretty sickening, especially in the age of the 1%. Then again, it’s hard to think of anyone better suited to keep a pair of hunting cheetas than Angelina Jolie.


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    13 May 2012 at 9:01 am #1208

    Glass
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    He was even on the Golf Channel recently doing a sit-down chat with Feherty. Apparently the Tour was in New Orleans that week and Jackson, a stellar amateur golfer with a 5 handicap, was in town shooting a Pulp Western with Tarantino. Said he took the Snakes role soley because he dug the title.


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    15 May 2012 at 10:28 am #1251

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    leedriver: Then again, it’s hard to think of anyone better suited to keep a pair of hunting cheetas than Angelina Jolie.

    Lee,

    I really like your avatar of the Lemon peeler. Looks like a good piece of equipment.

    Nah, not me. I’ve always found Vangelina Jolie to be a sickening bore. It can’t act. Yes, I know people think she’s beautiful with those lips and philanthropy but it’s always failed to impress me. I am disgusted by the vainglorious “charity” of these “stars”. Sean Penn, an actor I have given high praise to on more than several occasions comes across like a real goofball to me with his Haitian quest. A kind of rumsoaked confidence man.
    Personally I couldn’t care less about his philanthropy. The causes of these people are tiresome and predictable. Why not hand out food to the homeless catamites in downtown Los Angeles? They are hungry and in need, no? It’s all lost on me I’m afraid.

    However, I am not even remotely interested in The Counselor at this point. If it makes Cormac’s family some money while exploiting the media I’m all for it but I probably won’t visit a cinema for it.

    You are right about the star system – a bore, a constant screeching whine.
    Unknowns are more interesting. I’d rather see non actors cast in leading roles the way Bresson used his models.

    What WOULD interest me, you might ask? Angelina Jolie being pursued by a pair of leopards across a thorn choked terrain littered with vipers. That I would pay to see. Better still, Angleina Jolie being stalked by Salvador and Nile Monitors in Southern Florida.
    Note to Rick, if this ever happens down there I want photographs and by Golly Gophers I WILL pay in FLAX!


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    17 May 2012 at 11:50 am #1283

    leedriver
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    I suggest you take a look at “A Mighty Heart.” Otherwise I pretty much agree, though there’s something about her that’s very feline. She’s the first actress comes to mind I’m afraid, in regards to sporting a brace of hunting cheetas. If you had the resources of a Sean Penn or a Jolie, or say a Clooney, what would you lend support to then, and how would you do it so some critic like yourself wouldn’t gag on it?


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    18 May 2012 at 10:23 am #1284

    Anonymous

    Lee,

    If I was a man of means, and not just a mean man, I would probably give money to poor, uneducated crackers. They seem more hated than other groups. I can’t think of anyone, save perhaps James Agee and Erskine Caldwell, who has ever given a damn about them.
    I would support the SPCA as well probably. Maybe help some of the veterans since their government doesn’t give a shit about them.
    The thing about me is, if I was in Sean Penn’s position I wouldn’t opt to publicize my charity. Obviously in some cases, like the work Clooney has done in Sudan, talking about this stuff is integral to gaining further support of the cause. Maybe there is a balance to strike in dealing with these things. To someone in my position much of it reeks of entertainment publicity. I’m pretty tired of causes and crusades at this point. It all seems ludicrous and futile.

    But I doubt any philanthropist should give any thought whatsoever to what critics think. Listening to critics is foolish – in my estimation.


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