Alright motherfuckers, it’s motherfucking time to give this motherfucker a just article. Yes, it’s Samuel “Motherfucking” L Jackson and thanks to the release of Captain America: Winter Soldier today, we’re celebrating the ultimate movie badass in our ever prolific Essentials section. Even though his bad language and brilliant (well earned) attitude has made waves throughout popular culture, making him more iconic than just an actor; Jackson is also an Oscar Nominated (should have won) actor who is able to transfer emotion and skill to his craft. Just give him a motherfucking Oscar already and let him continue filling our lives with motherfucking amazingness.
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From a in Iron Man, to leading the charge in The Avengers, there is no one who nails his casting so much so than Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury. Not only is Fury possibly the best person to lead the disbanded and disorganised group of superheroes and assassins, but he is the scene stealing powerhouse who has the best speeches, the best lines and kicks some ass too. You can find him most recently in Winter Soldier (did we mention it is out today) but he is the highlight of the reboot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Casting Jackson certainly wasn’t a stupid-ass decision.
Samuel L Jackson may seem to be doing more swearing and action packed movies now but many regard his break out role to be one of the most snubbed in history. Playing a crack addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, Jackson solidified his acting range by portraying the multi-layered Gator. The film, in itself, is full of a lot hullabaloo because of the interracial relationships and the riots it caused in the subsequent race groups. Jackson as Gator was wildly praised for his near perfect performance. In fact, look at the movie now and you’ll see that Jackson can work hard hitting scenes so well that you’ll forget he once fought snakes on a plane. It’s a shame he has never been recognised for this achievement in acting.
Talking about snakes, it's damn near impossible to not mention this movie. Yes, the execution of the social media created epic may have fallen into flat clichés but the down right silliness, the explosive nature and the ridiculousness of the entire affair is just too good. And it's better than Sharknado. Samuel L Jackson plays Agent Neville Flynn who is given a task to protect a witness, willing to testify against gang leader Eddie Kim. However, Kim find out about this and laces the plane with murderous snakes because there is no simpler way to dispose of a witness. Samuel L Jackson is a riot, shooting guns and having the best lines ever including the immortal one; "that's it, enough is enough, I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane."
Let me tell you something. If I were in a ragtag group of basketball misfits and I was failing my school exams and Samuel L Jackson turned up, like, "you will do this for me or I will bench you" then I'd be getting straight A's and a scholarship as soon as he finished "motherfucking." In Disney's awe-inspiring 2005 film, Samuel L Jackson plays real life Coach Ken Carter. When his team break an academic contract with him, he decides to stop them from playing. Proving that knowledge is just as important as sport, Coach Carter is that heart warming and truly epic movie that is great for all the family. Though, make sure you check out the over angry extra in one of the scenes as he cancels the game. He is hilarious.
The first of two Quentin Tarantino movies on this list, Jackie Brown is possibly one of the best of the directors that is often underrated. Revolving around the titular character, the movie sees Pam Grier as an air-hostess who has been swept up into the world of smuggling. Unfortunately, when she is busted for the crime, she finds herself in hot water with everyone around her especially when she falls in love with one of the guards. And even more unfortunate, is having Samuel L Jackson as the head of the drug syndicate that she had been working for. His ferociousness is unnerving making him a master villain of the movie.
This badass motherfucker has to be the number one movie you watch starring Samuel L Jackson. It's the defining role of his career that has lead to a blossoming relationship with Tarantino, as well as people quipping his lines for years. Samuel L Jackson plays Jules Winnfield, part of a duo of hitmen who go around Los Angeles getting money for their boss Marsellus Wallace (does he look like a bitch?). As Winnfield, he spouts false gospel, believes in god and has the best monologues and quips of all time. Samuel L Jackson is unforgettable here and how he didn't earn awards for Supporting Actor is unbelievable.
Honourable Motherfucking Mentions: Shaft and Django Unchained (he stole the movie).
(Editors Note: Stay tuned for part two in the motherfucking future!).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is available now on Disney 3D Blu-ray™, DVD and Blu-ray™