On A Fanboy Planet, Part 4:
Continuing An Intimate Conversation With
Samuel L. Jackson
2, Part 3
Notice the logo on his shirt sleeve...
How do you feel about the internet being so influential
in the process of this film?
Jackson: I think it's cool. I mean, it's the next step
in what's going to happen anyway. There's so many things
that people are aware of because of the information
highway, that for a film like this it's great that somebody
listened and heard them.
Most of the
time people who wear suits and sit in offices have no idea
what's going on in the real world with people who want to
see a film or what the expectations are. Fortunately for
New Line, this kind of happened and was out of hand before
they were even aware of it. So fan demands made them understand,
number one, what they had, and number two, that it was okay
to have a film like this and that it's okay to say it's
worthy of your attention. And not just try to sneak it in
under the radar.
I think that
eventually there are going to be films that are like this
or that are of a certain genre that some smart person will
invite that kind of input on the film. Okay, I have an idea
for a film. Here's my idea. How do you think this should
play out? Who do you think should be in it? How long do
you think it should be? Should it be one part, two parts
or three parts?
from the fans will fuel the whole thing, and those people
will feel like they're such a part of it that if you got
a dollar from all those people you could make the film.
You'd have the longest producers trailer ever. Just run
it real fast.
What comics have you been reading lately?
Jackson: You know, I haven't been in a comics store
(for a while), because I couldn't find one in Calgary. What's
the last thing I bought? A new issue of 100 Bullets.
That's the last thing I read.
Seeing downstairs must just be a tease.
Jackson: I know, man, I can't even go down and SEE!
I wanted to go through the Dark Horse booth to see what
they had, but I can't even get (on the floor).
What about your involvement in Afro Samurai?
oh so soon...
Jackson: I've done preliminary voice-overs for it. I
think they've completed the first two episodes. Episode
three might be almost done.
I ran into Bob
last night - Bob Okazaki, the creator - and he's finally
done the first comic book, which is great news. I was constantly
emailing him, "more pages, Bob, more pages…" but he's been
so busy doing all kinds of stuff.
they've identified the person - well, they said they had
a first draft of the live action film. I had a real thrill
last night, because I got to meet the director of Akumi,
which is one of my favorite Japanese films that's finally
going to get released in America.
we can get him on board and get him to be the guy that's
directing it and supervising the live action version of
Afro Samurai, which would be awesome.
Is there room for a sequel to Snakes On A Plane?
Jackson: I don't know. We were trying to figure that
out last night, having dinner and laughing about it. I don't
know what that is. I don't know what the vehicle is that
kind of puts you in the situation of a plane that you can't
really get off, you can't really do anything about it, and
if anything goes wrong you can't really land it.
There's already a knock-off video, Snakes On A Train.
Jackson: But that's about some woman with snakes inside
her body or some s***.
were laughing because there was that whole real life something
about mice that they found on an American Airlines plane
that was being serviced. They were eating the wires; they
could bring it down. Maybe we could do something with rats
on a plane.
The tag line
on that would be, "where the f***'s a snake when you need
You mentioned loving these kinds of movies as a kid. What
was your favorite one?
Or even now?
L. Jackson: Yes. Even now. I still watch crap. (laughs)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
But are YOU going to tell the Man that?
Meets Wolfman, even Abbott and Costello Meet The
Wolfman. I love those things. They're great films. Saturday
afternoon escapism. Attack of the 50-Foot Woman…
I'm not a huge
Godzilla fan. I mean, I can watch it. But it always looked
like a dude in a rubber suit.
Do you think audiences are sophisticated enough to enjoy
that style of film again?
I think so. If they're presented in the right way and you
don't treat them like it's a very serious moment in cinematic
history. That we've created the best CG spiders you've ever
seen, the new Arachnophobia. It's just hype. Get
a bunch of spiders and ants together. Throw 'em on something.
It's not like the old days when you're watching The
Naked Prey. It's an interesting kind of movie with giant
ants biting the knees off people. The Naked Jungle,
not The Naked Prey. That was with Cornel Wilde, running
away from a brother.
Why do you fear not working so much?
L. Jackson: 'Cuz my wife's still shopping.
we all switched interview subjects. Fear not -- though he
complained twice in our interview about not being able to
get on the Con floor, I have it on good authority from the
guys at Dark Horse that Samuel L. Jackson did reach their
booth. But that's their story to tell, not mine...