On A Fanboy Planet, Part 2:
Continuing An Intimate Conversation With
Samuel L. Jackson
by a pack of Press Corps...
press moves forward in talking to Samuel L. Jackson about
Snakes On A Plane, and what it says about his status as
a serious actor...
Do you approach a character like this in the same way as
you would any other character?
Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, sure. I
take the situation seriously. (sighs in exasperation)
Yeah. I know who Neville Flynn is. I know his background
as an FBI agent, what kind of agent he's been, and why he's
after this particular bad guy. What his experiences are.
How he feels about snakes. How he feels about his partner.
All those different things.
The most important things is that when
you do a film like this you have poisonous snakes that people
can identify, that they know as poisonous, mostly cobras
and rattlesnakes and things like that. Then you introduce
them to some exotic things that they don't know about that
kill people even quicker.
Then you have great victims on the plane.
You have people they want to see dead, and people they don't
want to see dead. Then people are interested in it, wondering
how that guy is going to die.
It's that combination of things that makes
this movie great. It's a real shame that a lot of people
can't remember when they were kids and they went to a movie
that didn't necessarily have to be On The Waterfront
or Gone With The Wind. You went to a movie to see
Frankenstein chase people, or the Wolfman chase people.
Or big spiders jump out of stuff.
It's a Saturday afternoon movie. I feel
sorry for all those people who question my integrity for
even doing a film like this.
Who questioned it?
Samuel L. Jackson: A lot of people.
Online, offline, critics - I don't know. People do. I've
read that stuff, and it's fine. Everybody's entitled to
their opinion, but it's a sad state of affairs when you
want to tell me that an actor of my status shouldn't do
films like that.
I'm an actor. I do the kinds of films that
I want to do. I enjoyed going to movies and watching movies
like that when I was a kid.
down to last year when we got to Vancouver and we were seeing
all the scripts and the chairs and everything that came
out and said Pacific Flight 121. "What is this?"
"Well, you know, they don't want to give away too much."
I'm sorry, but I think you do. The point of this is snakes
on a plane. Remember that other movie you did? Freddy Vs.
Jason. Not "bad guy from one movie versus one guy from another
film. Freddy Vs. Jason. You know exactly what you're going
to get here. Alien Vs Predator. Okay? Snakes. On a. Plane.
How do you feel about this not getting screened for the
press? Or do you think it even needs to?
Samuel L. Jackson: It doesn't need
to. The only thing that can happen is people will say bad
things about it. Everybody knows that the people that love
it know what they're gonna get. There's no need for somebody
going to see it and saying, aw, it's just people getting
bitten by snakes on a plane.
what it is. It doesn't need to be reviewed. It doesn't need
"it's great" or "it's horrible." Who cares? It's a 2006
Roger Corman movie. Let's go see it.
Three: The Future of Samuel L. Jackson...