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Quint and Samuel L. Jackson talk RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, Nick Fury and THE SPIRIT!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a short phone interview I conducted with Sam The Man Jackson. I got the chance to talk to him a little about his upcoming drama RESURRECTING THE CHAMP about an old homeless man who claims to be a long lost boxing legend. He tells his story to an up and coming reporter and a story is written. But then this man’s true identity is called into question. Of course, I couldn’t help but sneak in some questions about NICK FURY and THE SPIRIT. I get probably one of the most spectacular dodges in any interview I’ve ever done. Enjoy the interview and watch for a couple clips of amazing SOUND-O-TEXT!!!

Samuel L. Jackson: Hello.

Quint: Hey, how are you doing, sir?

Samuel L. Jackson: I’m good man, how about you?

Quint: I’m doing alright.

Samuel L. Jackson: Cool.

Quint: Cool. Well, we chatted once before for SNAKES ON A PLANE back at COMIC CON.

Samuel L. Jackson: Oh, OK.

Quint: I’m sorry that it didn’t do better. I had a lot of fun with it.

Samuel L Jackson: It was still fun, you know?

Quint: Yeah.

Samuel L. Jackson: We did our part.

[Both laugh]

Quint: I saw RESURRECTING THE CHAMP at Sundance this year and when I read the description, I was like “Well, I’m going to see it…” What attracted you to the movie?


Samuel L. Jackson: You know, story. The character that’s just kind of out there who is on the streets, but kind of OK with being in that place that he is in, who’s kind of a star in his own little world there still, even though he’s not the champ of the world anymore, or the champ, but he’s still a champ in his mind and in a lot of people’s hearts and a guy who is touching and very interesting to play.

Quint: When you do a film that is based on a true story do you like to jump in to the hands on research and talk to the people involved, or do you prefer to kind of step back…?


Samuel L. Jackson: Actually this time I didn’t, I just kind of made up all of the things that I needed to and that’s what I did. Well… Bob wasn’t around and I didn’t want to meet his family or go through that whole thing, so I just kind of made up all of the stuff I actually needed to make up this time and kind of made it happen. It was more about creating a life for a character who had found a way to live and take care of himself on the street than dealing with the realities of who these people thought he was in terms of the sports world, because I didn’t need to know all of that.

Quint: Yeah. Well did you do any research about the homeless or did you have some of that built up from THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE?

Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, I had the residuals from CAVEMAN left over (laughs)… even though he’s not a paranoid schizophrenic, he still has to deal with the machinations of living in the street and moving from place to place and slight alcoholism, not as bad as anything that was going on in CAVEMAN.

Quint: He wasn’t screaming at any buildings in this one.

Samuel L. Jackson: No, not at all.

Quint: I think one of the big themes of the movie and I think what a lot of people are connecting with is the issue of fatherhood and the image of being a good father. Did that angle in particular appeal to you?

Samuel L. Jackson: You know, it was an interesting element of the story in terms of guys trying to please their fathers or fathers living up to the expectations of their children, like Erik is trying to do for his son or he’s trying to do for himself with his father and Bob, seeing that he failed with his kid… but who knows if that was real or not only because he didn’t know the kid that he was talking about or the kid who shows up had no relationship with that particular person, so it’s very interesting in that way. Then there’s the issues of truth, truth in journalism, truth in terms of what one person perceives to be the truth or is the truth or if you’ve told the story long enough, does it become your truth? You know?

Quint: So we last talked at Comic Con, but this year at Comic Con the big talk was IRON MAN. So, my big question to you is… do you like the eye patch?

Samuel L. Jackson: What? Huh?

Quint: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Samuel L. Jackson: Oh, the character, the way he looks? You know what, I look at that comic book and I kind of go “Well, I know he looks like me and if they ever do it, do I have to look this way or will I look this way?” So I guess that’s still a question that I’m waiting to answer.

Quint: Yeah?

Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah.

Quint: Well do you see that as coming full circle, since they made THE ULTIMATE’S Nick Fury like you?

Samuel L. Jackson: They keep saying it and I keep looking forward to that happening and I keep running into Avi [Arad] and asking him, “Is it going to happen?” He keeps saying, “Well, we hope so… we hope so…” So that’s all I can do too.

Quint: Yeah and it’d be cool especially now that Marvel’s got their own deal going on.

Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, that would be great wouldn’t it?

Quint: I think that’s what people are really liking with this rumor.

Samuel L. Jackson: Well I hope so and I look forward to that happening.

Quint: Another comic book that you’re being mentioned with is THE SPIRIT, that Frank Miller is doing.

Samuel L. Jackson: Hmm… Yeah…

Quint: Yeah?

[Samuel L. Jackson chuckles]

Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, which will probably be fun actually... They’re still in the process of trying to cast a bunch of people for the film. I don’t know if I’m the only person that is doing it or not. I think I heard the other day that they had somebody to play SPIRIT.

Quint: Yeah, Gabriel Macht.

Samuel L. Jackson: Oh, OK. So it looks like it’s coming together and I’m looking forward to doing that.

Quint: Have you met with Frank yet?

Samuel L. Jackson: Frank? Yeah, I’ve talked to Frank a few times.

Quint: He’s a real cool guy. I’ve had the chance to talk to him a couple of times.

Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, he’s amazingly cool.

Quint: He’s pretty much everything you would expect upon meeting him and he’s just so smart and knows what he is doing. I’m really looking forward to what he does with the movie, especially since he was mentored by Will Eisner.

Samuel L. Jackson: We’re hoping to just have a really great time shooting this film. I’m just looking forward to see who else he can get in it and there should be a lot of people attracted to it, because of the nature of the project and the nature of the people that are doing it, so hopefully that will happen.

Quint: Thank you so much for talking the time to talk to me. I really appreciate it.

Samuel L. Jackson: My pleasure. Have a great day.

Told you it was a spectacular dodge. As usual, this was far too short. I’d love to sit down with Jackson some day and just go over his filmography, but it seems I’m doomed to only talk with him in 5-8 minute chunks every couple years or so. A lot of good stuff on the way! Keep an eye on the site, squirts! -Quint

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  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by Nucking Futs


  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    What's a bitach?

    by Nucking Futs

    Damn, I ruined my first "first" with my poor spelling

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Jackson and Miller?

    by filmcoyote

    sounds cool. don't know The Spirit, just track it down

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Samuel L. Jackson has cosen HD-DVD and here's why

    by indyjonez100

    Because he can

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    C'mon...please? Does anyone think this will ever actually happen? There are SO many good stories to be told with those characters. Maybe 'Night' should go the comic book route like the Buffy ones that Joss Whedon is doing?

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by redfist

    I want this to happen to, but forget it.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Nick Fury wears a eye patch?

    by redfist

    I thought he wore a jock strap. my bad.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I'll let the Ultimate Fury slide, but...

    by Shermdawg

    ...if the bigscreen Cap ends up looking like the Ultimate version (i.e. no wings) we got problems.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    James McAvoy is Scotty.

    by PVIII

    But AICN doesn't care.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    interesting interview

    by Bloo

    I really want to see Ressurrecting, I saw a preview for it last night on TV and it looked interesting. As for Nick Fury, yeah, we can go Ultimates on that one, espically since FF is basically Ultimates version.and it was a pretty good dodge

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    "I’m sorry that that didn’t do better."

    by El Scorcho

    Wow. What a piece of hard-hitting journalism.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis didn't answer my question

    by liljuniorbrown

    I know atleast ten thousand of us had to ask for Unbreakable 2 when we were sending Walter B questions so whats up with the no answe ron that one? If M Night wants to make a comeback film, thats the only way to go. It's been said before but that movie is a precursor for the comic film explosion and Heroes owes it's life to UB. We need a trilogy

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I like to eat poo pies

    by Catmandue

    hahahahahaha! Pickles lick handland! Give me all your poo pies ^o^

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Wow, we learned absolutely nothing here

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...about anything other than CHAMP. Jackson should run for office, he's so great at the almighty Dodge.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    So it's YOUNG GUNS 2 but about a boxer.

    by Darth Bauer


  • Aug. 21, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Yeah? Yeahh.....

    by Doc_Strange

    Sounds like two people in a porno.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Transformers 2

    by yodalovesyou

    I don't know why AICN hasn't printed this news. This should be cause for celebration... MICHAEL BAY HAS SAID 'No' TO TRANSFORMERS 2! yes! Now hire someone who won't overdo the shakey-cam crap so that we'll actually be able to see ILM's beautiful creations in action, properly.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    Ultimates Fury!!!

    by LaserPants

    Hey, of course, the original Fury will always be the classic, but Sam Jackson Ultimates Fury is cool as shit too. Hire him, Avi, HIRE HIM!!! You know Favs wants to. <br><br>Heres to IRON MAN pwning summer 2008. (Or, co-pwning 2008 along with THE DARK KNIGHT.)

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by cornponious

    Well, Superbad made a BIT more than, ahem, 4 mil this weekend. So, "I'm a man of my word". Here's my high school graduation picture: Please, be kind.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by thinboyslim.

    McAvoy is Scotty according to a tabloid and a "movie insider", it would be about as useful to print that story as it would be to say Ryan Reynolds is The Flash.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 1 p.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    You're a brave, brave man.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by PVIII

    now confirmed by british publications. EAT IT.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    PVIII, got a link to that?

    by Abin Sur

    Would love to read it...and I'd say it's EXTREMELY likely that Ryan Renolds is The Flash, from what I've read.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap Jackson is a Sham

    by sandycakespotato

    bhas anybody noticed in the commercials that he is doing the same voice that Dave Chappelle used for his homeless character Tyrone....What the hell

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I got a pretty funny Sam Jackson story:

    by eggbeater

    I live in South Carolina and my friends and I had heard that Sam Jackson was in my town to film parts of "Rules of Engagement". We were pretty pumped but we hadn't really heard much after that. So we are eating at Outback and our waitress tells us that Sam Jackson is at another table. So we get real excited. My friend gets the balls to go over to him and asks him "Mr. Jackson can I have your autograph?". His response: "Get the hell away from me. I'm eating with my family!" Sam Jackson is the fuckin man!

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    And what does it have to do with Superbad?

    by DerLanghaarige

    It's already been a few days since it got mentioned on this site. What happened?

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Quint, Please do all answers in audio!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    as well as the text version. It's so much more fun hearing the words from their mouths and the way they answer. I don't think i'm the only one who would love this, you have the recordings after all, mate :)

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 6:27 p.m. CST

    cornponious you are brave

    by Bloo

    me personally I wouldn't put my sr. picture up and then post it here for us..I mean these rabid jackels to tear apart.

  • Aug. 21, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by cornponious

    I said I would do it if the movie made more than *gulp* 4 million dollars over its opening weekend. I'm not ashamed... <p> but maybe I should be :/

  • Aug. 22, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Resurrecting the chimp

    by CuervoJones

    Planet of the Apes 2

  • Aug. 22, 2007, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Marvel’s got their own deal going on...pissing off fans

    by Monkey_King

    I'm all for a Jon Favreau IRON MAN film, but I draw the line when they turn a mainstream film about ol' shellhead into Marvel's ULTIMATE IRON MAN with a Black Nick Fury. I'm not being racist here...more like a comic purist.

  • Aug. 22, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Abin Sur

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  • Aug. 22, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Monkey King

    by Bloo

    my rationale is that the movie versions play in a different universe that is a mishmash of Ultimates and mainstream Marvel Us, the Hollywood Marvel Universe, so would that make it Universe 90210 or just 666

  • Aug. 23, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST

    AMAZING SOUND-O-TEXT: Now, turn the record over...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    ...and we'll continue, on the other side!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Monkey_King, check out the animated feature...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...from earlier this year.<P>Stark with daddy issues, anti-corporation strife, and creating his own arch-nemesis via his own inventions. There used to be a time when Americans were comfortable calling themselves such.<P>Yeah, Stark's been made to be a dick in the comics lately (by a Kool Aid drinker). But he didn't have to be written so from the ground up in the animated reboot. I hold out hope for the best in the new live action flick, but I suspect Liberalwood will inject preachyness into a time worn and established property. As they always do.

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