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Moriarty gets a ring-a-ling from Samuel L Jackson!!! And talks about SHAFT, SWE2, UNBREAKABLE, CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE +..

Published at: June 24, 2000, 1:43 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here. One of the unfortunate tasks in being an editor of this little corner of the web is that I sometimes have to make tough choices. The folks over at Paramount seemed to be real happy with that SHAFT review of mine and said... "Hey, I wonder if Harry would interview Sam 'I am the man' Jackson?" They rang me... and to be honest... I saw SHAFT 3 times last weekend and I'm afraid I just would ramble during the 25 minutes they'd give me, so I decided to pick MORIARTY cause... at the time he hadn't even seen SHAFT. Also, he would be less likely to ask the question, "So, did you want to beat the shit out of every single stupid mutherfucker at Warner Brothers from the marketing weasels to Lorenzo for shafting the hell out of 187? And if you ever need someone to operate the blowtorch on those SOBs, then I'm your man!" This would most likely then explode instantly in to Sam covering the receiver while looking at the publicist and saying, "Who the hell is this on my fucking phone!?!?!?!" So, I decided to let a calmer evil genius do the duties, besides he has one of those tape/telephone recordo-stenographying device-doodads that I ain't got. BUT! Anyway... enough of my senseless rambling... Here's Moriarty and Sam Jackson.... damn that's cool...

RUMBLINGS FROM THE LAB: Moriarty Chats With SAMUEL L. JACKSON!!

Hey, Head Geek…

"Moriarty" here.

So how's your day been so far?

Me? Well, I rolled out of bed a little bit before eight o'clock, grabbed a Pepsi and some cookies (the breakfast of champions), and took a seat at my computer, tape recorder at the ready.

At 8:00 precisely, the phone rang and a woman said, "Moriarty? I have Samuel L. Jackson for you." And after that briefest of pauses, one of the most recognizable voices in American film today came over the line with a warm and friendly, "Good morning."

I must admit a fair amount of nervous anticipation going into the conversation. I've been a fan of this man's work for quite some time now. We all have quirks as viewers, things that we look for in movies, and I'm a real geek for character actors. I love people who are ninth billed, who add texture and authority to film after film after film without ever being front and center. I love it when you start to recognize a face, realize that you've seen it more than once, and you start to put the puzzle together. And most of all, I love that moment where someone who's been doing it for years breaks through and the audience has no choice but to acknowledge them finally. I love when you see it happen, and everything changes for an actor.

For me, memories of Samuel Jackson begin as far back as COMING TO AMERICA and, more notably, EDDIE MURPHY RAW, where he appears in the wonderful little short film that opens the concert piece. In it, little Eddie Murphy tells a joke for his assembled family. Jackson plays one of Eddie's uncles, and his shocked reaction to Eddie's first joke used to make Harry Lime and I howl over and over. "That boy's got talent!" indeed.

With memorable appearances in DO THE RIGHT THING (as Senor Love Daddy, the DJ whose voice unites the neighborhood) and GOODFELLAS (a guy who ends up dead after the truck hijack job), Jackson burned his name into my memory, and I started to look forward to seeing him in new projects. When Spike Lee released JUNGLE FEVER, I thought the film's main storyline fell flat and never made me invest in the chemistry between Wesley Snipes and Anabella Sciorra. Didn't matter, though. I still dragged people to the theater to see the movie over and over. Harry Lime and I both went nuts for one part of the movie, the same thing that drove the Cannes jury so nuts that summer that they created a special award category just so they could give one to Samuel L. Jackson for his stunning, hypnotic work as Gator Purify, crack-addicted son to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

This breakthrough role kicked off an amazing run of films for Jackson. He made 17 of them, some more memorable than others, before the next major plateau in his career was reached. In 1994, he had the double punch of FRESH and PULP FICTION, each one great, both very different. PULP, of course, immediately cemented itself in the popular consciousness, and Jackson was suddenly huge, a movie star, imitated by every suburban white kid in America.

Since then, he's been turning in strong character work, alternating between lead roles and supporting work, between mainstream vehicles like THE NEGOTIATOR or DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE and smaller indie films like HARD EIGHT (or SYDNEY, as director PT Anderson still refers to it) and 187. Despite the magnitude of his body of work, Jackson continues to find fresh, exciting roles and bring new nuance to his performances.

And this brings us to this summer, to the black private dick who's a sex machine with all the chicks, who delivers ten times out of ten, the original bad motherf--

Shut your mouth!

What? Just talking 'bout SHAFT. It opened at number one last weekend, and the film is fun in the same quasi-fascist bash-the-bad-guy way that DIRTY HARRY was when it came out. It's somewhat shocking in a world where the LAPD's Rampart Division is publicly crumbling, where the NYPD fights their own battles against the perception of institutionalized racism, to see a film directed by an African American and starring an African American that seems to endorse a sort of lawless thuggery in the name of justice. At least, it is at first. Then, as the film unfolds, we realize that this isn't a film about a cop at all. Instead, SHAFT is a celebration of all things Sam. He gets to talk shit, kick ass, and he answers to no one. Him being a cop… heck, even him being on the side of right… these are just minor details. What's important is that Shaft gets it done, whatever it is. The joys of SHAFT are many and genuine, first and foremost being the way Jackson and co-star Jeffrey Wright (sensational as Peoples Hernandez) trade chops. These guys are electric together, and every one of their scenes pays off. To get things started, I asked Jackson if he had worked with Wright during his New York theater days.

Well, we worked together in New York theater, and also in JUMPING AT THE BONEYARD.

And now the two of you are at very different places in your careers. Were you excited when you realized you'd be working with him?

Oh, yeah, definitely. Jeffrey was… well, obviously not the first choice, but we are lucky we got him after John [Leguizamo] decided to do that other film, whatever that was. I told them that we were very lucky to get Jeffrey when I first heard that, that this was going to be a whole different experience. He took a one-dimensional character on paper and created a real live human being out of him, which is difficult for most people to do.

What attachment do you have to the original? What are your memories of SHAFT?

Well, you know… being able to sit in a theater and see a character that looked like me, sounded like me, dressed like I wanted to be, who was the hero I'd been seeing in movies all my life, but never saw as myself. He was the guy who was brave, who was fearless, who was the neighborhood legend, who was sexually appealing to women, who lived by his own rules… the way we saw a hero. He was depicted as an anti-hero, yes, but he was the pure hero as we knew it. He just happened to be an African American. That was the brand new thing.

What would you want out of a franchise? Would these be big films, or intimate police thrillers?

I think the character has withstood the test of time, and there are a couple of generations of people now who know who John Shaft is, who respect what he stood for, and we did this film in the spirit of that one. Now, I think, people kind of look at me and say, "Okay, you were the right guy to do this role. You look right, you sound right, you can do all the right things." I would like to do it again just to be as secure in the cinematic history as Richard [Roundtree] was or, say, as Bruce is as John McClane.

The film you've just finished, CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE, was a reunion for you with Kasi Lemmons, who you worked so well with in EVE'S BAYOU. This is a much larger film, and something you were very personally involved in bringing to the screen. How has the experience been, and what can you tell us about the film?

It's the story of a street person… I don't want to say homeless because he doesn't consider himself homeless… who lives in a cave in a park very much like Central Park who discovers a frozen body outside his cave on Valentine's Day, and he starts going about the business of trying to solve the kid's murder. He just happens to be a paranoid schizophrenic ex-concert pianist who's living on the street, and whose daughter just happens to be a cop, and he ends up in the world of high art, trying to solve this crime. It's an interesting kind of mixture of people in the film. I discover the novel, like, five or six years ago, and I asked Jersey Films to buy the rights to it for me because I couldn't afford it myself, and they did, and bought the option, and we finally got a script, and finally got somebody who just got the idea to co-finance it, and Kasi always loved the idea since I gave her the book during the EVE'S BAYOU. She and the original writer [] wrote the script together, and it's a wonderful film. It's a winter project. It's cold. I guess some people are going to call it an art film. I just call it a thriller.

It's a remarkable physical transformation, and that's one of the things that marks much of your work. Even as recognizable as you are, you still tend to vanish into roles. Do you ever worry that Samuel L. Jackson will be too big, that being able to open a film like SHAFT means that you won't be able to be a surprise to an audience anymore?

No, not at all. I never played the same guy twice onstage in terms of characters, and I was always trying to make them physically different. I think I have a greater capacity to do that in this medium than even in the theater, and I have great people around me who help me make those transformations, so we all work together and make plans to make those things happen. Like I was telling my managers yesterday, just because I happened to play the lead in this particular film and it's doing so well, that does not mean I'm going to abandon the things I've done before. I'm not primarily going to be the lead actor in any film that I'm in, and I'm not going to not take a role just because it's not the lead. I'll be the second lead or the third lead or whatever, as long as the story intrigues me and the character is challenging in some way. I will continue to do those things because that's what fuels me as an actor, not some need to be the big star.

On CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE, you're working with Anthony Michael Hall in much the same position that Travolta was about the time you did PULP FICTION together. How was he to work with?

It's funny. I actually hadn't seen him since he directed me. I did a movie for him that he directed. HAIL CAESAR. It was funny to look up and go, "Hey, how are you? Where you been?" It was great to be able to work with him in another kind of way, to be acting with him. Even in his film, I was just doing some stuff that he wasn't in. It was good. I had no idea where he had been or what had happened, so it was great to see him, and he did a great job in the film. There are a couple of fascinating actors in this film. There's the guy who plays what most people will perceive as the villain of the film, Colm [Feore], who played the auctioneer in THE RED VIOLIN and who played Glenn Gould in 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD. We were very fortunate to get him, too.

Right now, you're wrapping on UNBREAKABLE, a film where there's a very high level of anticipation, obviously, with Shyamalan coming off SIXTH SENSE and with you and Bruce working together again in the picture. You're playing a very different dynamic here, though. For you, coming off SHAFT, where you play such a strong guy, were you drawn to UNBREAKABLE by the chance to play someone so directly the opposite, someone who is fragile, anything but externally strong?

Absolutely. You always want to find something that's way on the other end of the spectrum, just so you can stretch a little bit, so you know for sure that you're doing a character that is different. I'm really loving playing Elijah. He's a vulnerable guy, and a sensitive guy, and a very intelligent man. It's important that I play smart people sometimes, characters that are noticeably intelligent, so people can look at that and say, "That's right, he can do everything and not just one thing," because no matter what happens, when you look at my characters, they're all going to be black. It's great to play a super-smart black guy.

Well, Elijah's definitely not like any character I've read in a script before…

Oh, you read the script?

Oh… was I not supposed to confess that?

(laughing) It's a great story, isn't it?

I am dying to see how you guys bring it to life. It's the most unusual superhero film I can imagine.

It could possibly get another franchise thing going.

It loans itself to that in a very different way. You think you have a handle on this film, but it's never what it looks like on the surface.

Night is a very special filmmaker.

How was he to work with coming off of such a mammoth hit? Was there pressure on this film that you guys felt to make lightning strike a second time?

No. I'm not conscious of it if there is. I just kind of go to work every day and just try to be as honest as I can be to the material that I have and the character that I portray, and try to give it as much reality as I can. Night definitely has a unique way of working. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows how he wants to do it. He's almost a throwback in terms of his moviemaking. There's a lot of stuff that we do that just doesn't use coverage. He comes in, does one big master, and that's it. We're moving. We're gone. That's just amazing to me because I'm so used to all these new guys, these video guys, coming out of places where they've got to shoot nineteen different sizes of the same shot. He's doing one thing and getting out of there. It's really awesome.

Just looking at a few of the other projects we've seen your name attached to… KING OF THE PARK with Tom Shadyac and Dave Chapelle… is that still something we should look forward to?

I'm not sure. I haven't seen a new version of the script for, I guess, maybe six or seven months now.

I'm intrigued by THE 51ST STATE. Is that happening with Ronny Yu directing?

(surprised) Yeah. Yeah, we're doing that in September.

Ronny Yu is one of those Hong Kong directors who I would love to see connect with some material here in Hollywood.

We'll see, now that he's doing something besides BRIDE FO CHUCKY. Although to be fair, he did a great job with that. I enjoyed that movie a lot more than I thought I would. Anyway, that's in September.

Well, you've got a little something you're doing between now and then. You've done one now. You've got one under your belt. You're a STAR WARS veteran, and now you're going back to it. Are you excited to repeat the experience?

Oh, yeah. Totally. George just kind of let that little pearl out at the MTV Awards about me and the battle scenes. I get to turn my lightsaber on. I can't wait to do that.

Have you started any physical training or any specific combat training for the film?

No, not yet. Not at all. Actually, it's interesting. Nick [Gillard], the stunt coordinator, was actually the stunt coordinator on SHAFT.

Have you had the chance to meet Hayden Christensen yet?

Nope. I've been in Philly, working.

And with that, we wrapped it up for the day, chatting just a bit about my favorite films and moments of his, and it is to Jackson's great credit that I left the encounter at ease, relaxed. He lives up to the rather imposing figure that he casts onscreen, but he's still approachable, personable, without the automatic wall that so many interview subjects can erect, and I look forward to speaking with him again at length as the projects we discussed make their way to screen later this year. I'll have a regular RUMBLINGS ready on Monday for you all. Until then…

"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 24, 2000, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Woohoo!

    by louiec

    I'm first- oh yeah.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:08 a.m. CST

    A pathetic 2nd

    by NewAndrew

    Damn, and I had so much to say about male-pattern baldness.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Well well well...

    by Jeff B Demented

    So Moriarty interviewed Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe I'm alone on this one...but it would have been much funnier if Sam had cursed out Mori that lame whiteboy. I mean seriously...how great of an interview would that have been? Mori: So, Mr. Jackson... Sam: Shut up, honkey! Mori: Oh...so sorry Mr. Jackson... Sam: You'd better shut yo fucking mouth, cracker! And so on and so on...muhuhahaha.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:11 a.m. CST

    samuel jackson in toronto

    by slater68

    i live in toronto where Samuel L.Jackson was filming the caveman's valentine and i had a run in with one of the production assistants. what happened was i live in shared accomidation where 3 or 4 people live in the same house and the landlord had picked up (at a garage sale ) one of those jockey statues (a black one) anyways the assistant comes over and says to me that samuel was offended by it as it is racist (i didnt know that and it was on the front porch because it was being repainted anyways the main reason this bothers me now is because in the movie shaft you can see the exact same jockey in the bar in the movie and if he was so offended by it being on my porch then how come the set dresser on shaft got away with it???

  • June 24, 2000, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Hey, Moriarty. . .

    by Cowblaster

    "Did you ever know that you're my HHHEEEERRRROOOOO. . . ?"

  • June 24, 2000, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I may strike you down, but I'll never let you down!

    by Choda

    Can't wait to see a more expanded role for SLJ in the next SW movie. Would love to see him fight and/or get killed by Anakin after he turns to the dark side.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I think I wet myself

    by Baba Reily

    I think.....yep I denfinetly did. Just from reading that article. Sam's (we're on a first name basis) coolness rendered my bladder useless. Now I've got to go change.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:42 a.m. CST

    You didn't ask him about "that white man".

    by TakeTheHit

    Jackson may be a good character actor, but his real character is acting like a racist asshole. Changing his 'Shaft' dialogue because it was written by a white screenwriter is a move that had it been the reverse (say Bruce Willis saying he wouldn't speak dialogue written by a black screenwriter because "that black man" doesn't know how white people speak) would have been an international scandal. Instead, it's ignored by the press in their 'Shaft' coverage because it's impolite to confront a movie star with the truth while they're polishing your knob for promoting their film.

  • June 24, 2000, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Actually the woman on the phone really said...

    by Severen

    "Drew McWeeny, is that really your fucking name?", laughed her ass off and then gave the phone to Sam The Man Jackson who, being a consumate professional, was much better able to hold back his need to laugh at such a goofy, yet strangely apt, name. Jackson's cool (and I'm glad to see someone at least give mention to the superb Jumping In The Boneyard in which Jackson gave superb support to leads Tim Roth and Alexis Arquette) but this was a pure puff piece. Readable enough but nothing more, still it seems thats what AICN does best these days, doesn't it? You can ban me now.

  • June 24, 2000, 3:26 a.m. CST

    SO NICE TO SEE SUBJECT IN BOLD TYPE

    by Robertblood

    Every magazine or newspaper I've ever seen puts their questions in bold, ranther than the answers, which seems rather stupid because who the fuck cares what a reporter has to say? You had enough sense to realize we clicked on the interview to see what super bad ass has to say, not what Moriarty asks him.

  • June 24, 2000, 4:12 a.m. CST

    that's an f'n brillinat animation

    by mmm_free_wig

    I hate that moriarty animation.. and seeing him get puched out is just the money.. maybe its because i'm drunk at the moment.. hmmm.

  • June 24, 2000, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by mephisto666

    ...did anyone else find that interview a little...well...uninteresting? I don't know what I thought was missing, it just seemed a little uninspired.

  • June 24, 2000, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Hey McWeeny

    by PoisonSkin23

    Use your spell checker genuis. Bride Fo Chucky?

  • June 24, 2000, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Long Kiss Goodnight was underrated.

    by Fatal Discharge

    A big fun action film with the seldom seen combination of a white woman and a black man (Sam and Geena Davis) as partners. Yes, they even make a crack about Driving Miss Daisy. Even in this popcorn flic, Sam made me care about his character and whether he lived or died. It's great to see Sam in a lead role of the box-office smash SHAFT which hopefully will let him do more - this man rocks! Oh, and that Harry animation cracked me up because yesterday I was thinking the lamppost would break and today it did (great job by the artist by the way on all his work).

  • sounds like a nice guy !! and just a side note... dont yas think MR T should make a comeback? he has like a HUGE following on the internet....

  • June 24, 2000, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Cool interview - no word on an action-packed, kill 'em all seque

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    Just wonderin' - cool stuff, evil genius. It's always funny to read an interview where the interviewer actually knows something about what the actor's got comin' up rather than the typical junketing questions like: "what attracted you to this project?" and anything else the PR folk "suggest" to you on the way from the buffet table to the hotel room. Next time, however - tell us what his favorite movie is!!!

  • June 24, 2000, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Sam

    by Ted Terrific

    Sorry, that couldn't have been Sam. Not once did he use the word motherfucker or the phrase Shut the fuck up! With anyone else it's profanity, but with Sam it's poetry.

  • June 24, 2000, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Sam's No Racist. Richard Price Just Can't Write Authentic "Blac

    by mrbeaks

    Don't believe me? Pick up a copy of CLOCKERS or the vastly superior FREEDOMLAND. Now, I really enjoy reading Price, as the man *is* an excellent storyteller, but whenever he attempts to tackle black slang, he trips up embarrassingly. Of course, you could level the same accusation at Tom Wolfe, as well as at some black writers who resort to constructing unnaturally "stiff" white dialogue. Whatever. The point here is that I can understand Sam's frustration at being directed to utter stilted dialogue scripted by a writer who has no command of the vernacular. If he was a little oversensitive, don't forget that Sam is a veteran of the era when HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE wasn't a joke. As for the lawn jockey issue raised above, one was a prop in a scene, the other was somebody's actual lawn decoration, and Sam wasn't aware of the plans to paint it. Had he been, he probably would've been much more forgiving. Ask anyone who's ever worked with Sam, black or white, and they'll speak glowingly of the guy. In closing..... excellent review, Moriarty!

  • June 24, 2000, 12:40 p.m. CST

    just because a man can curse

    by shropshirslasher

    on screen doesn't mean that he curses all the time. Sure Jackson's played a few "angry negro" roles. it doesn't mean he's an angry negro, out to destroy all whiteys. he's an actor.

  • June 24, 2000, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Be prepared to be mad: My review review of Shaft.

    by Zeno

    **Spoilercityrama** Who is the man who'd relentlessly beat the living shit out of a kid on the street who some lady fingered as a drug dealer just so he could get some information out of the woman? SHAFT! I just saw Shaft yesterday. An ironically bad movie, or really, it was bad movie ironically. Who is the man who'll use every rougue cop cliche left behind by Dirty Harry? SHAFT! (Damn right.) We've all seen this movie before: one good cop amidst a sea of corruption and evil. Insert car chase here, insert angry superior ("the chief") here, insert catchphase here. By these standards, the movie was pretty routine. I suppose a stand-out could be (judging by the media attention) Jeffrey Wright's performance as Jimmy Smits from the movie Running Scared (actually, Jimmy had a little more humanity, but who am I quibble). The irony comes into play when it's considered how good a cop Shaft really is. Shaft is not only a badmother-- (shut my mouth), but he's a bad cop as well. Dirty Harry was no angel either, but Shaft was supposed to be different. Uncle Shaft didn't just fight against big rich whitey, he also fought against corrupt cops who showed blatant disregard for the laws they were supposed to be upholding. Now John Shaft is one of those cops. Who is the cat who uses police brutality at the drop of a hat? SHAFT! But whoops, this is Sam Jackson, this is the year 2000, I forgot that sadism is supposed to be entertaining. Like Moriarty said, "what's important is that Shaft gets it done," with plenty of Sam Jacksonesesque, bad motherfucker attitude, regardless of HOW he gets it done and the fact that he is presented as a hero. Final analysis: standard rogue cop thriler + morally (and again, ironically) confused message = one bad movie. Can you dig it?

  • June 24, 2000, 12:53 p.m. CST

    It's Absosutely F*****n amazing

    by Reverendz

    that a review with such an interesting actor could be so boring and so self-congratulatory on the part of the interviewer. Seriously McWeeney, PREPARE for the interview by thinking of challenging and thought provoking questions. Not, "you're shooting this movie, what was it like to work with Mr. X ?". That type of crap we can read anywhere, and doesn't show much insight to the man's thoughts. You should have listened to Howard Stern's interview with Jackson for cues. At least he knows how to ask questions outside of the box.

  • June 24, 2000, 1:40 p.m. CST

    NEWSFLASH| Sinead O'Connor: I'm a Lesbian.

    by darthpsychotic

    The 33 year old divorced mother of two, now a ordained catholic priest by the Latin Tridentine Church (which is not recognized by the Vatican), is also considering celibacy, has record coming out in upcoming weeks. I just wanted to let you know this earth shattering news.

  • June 24, 2000, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Good interview, Moriarty

    by All Thumbs

    Hey, if I want to hear for the umpteenth time about the problems on the Shaft set, I'll pick up People or Entertainment Weekly or some other entertainment magazine that is more worried about the gossip behind the movies than the movies themselves. I was pleased to read Jackson's comments on his upcoming films and understand totally why Moriarty, being a film geek and all, chose to ask them. I don't think it was self-congratulatory and I do think you need to include the reactions of the person if you're going to write out the interview in this format. It gives you a feel for the tone of the conversation. I also liked hearing more about Jackson's past roles. I didn't know some of that stuff, so it was interesting to me. That said, I think there could have been a few "harder" questions put into the interview, but even I admit that I can't think any up right now, so why complain? Good job, Moriarty, and I hope to see more interviews in the future. And, Harry, I think it was great that you stepped aside to let Moriarty take on the interview because it's true: you probably would have ended up asking Jackson "Why are you such a bad motherfucker and how do I get to be like you?" or something like that.

  • June 24, 2000, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Maybe you'll get an interview with George Clooney and co.

    by MDH

    Which is I'm sure is the reason for all the reviews of The Perfect Storm on this site have been positive, while all other movie sites have posted a fair number of negative reviews of the film.

  • The mere fact that I noticed it in the movie demonstrates some level of consciousness to the real problem, and of course, police brutality is a very real problem. As far as your distinctions between brutalities go, I'm sure that many of the cops that perpetrate police brutality in real life feel they are being the badass vigilante that you describe. Again, a very real problem. The last thing we need to do is pay nine bucks to celebrate it.

  • June 24, 2000, 6:20 p.m. CST

    And to Poison Skin, Severen, and SoulWax

    by Zeno

    My god, how horrible it must be to be you.

  • June 24, 2000, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry! Did Moriarty break your concentration??

    by Hercules

    This was GREAT! Admittedly, Stern did a great job asking about the white women and Jackson's salary. But the professor was good enough to make some inquiries about Jackson's work and get the scoop about "The 51st State!" In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, stop being such a jealous bitch!

  • June 24, 2000, 8:33 p.m. CST

    To Moriaty and Anonymous Bastard...

    by moto

    Pretty good interview overall... except for the "surprised" thing. One thing Moriaty... I love Sam as much as you do (except in Jackie Brown... talk about type casting), but when you said "memoreable roles like in GOODFELLAS"???? I love that film and it's a treat to know that Sam was in it, but it was nothing. Meaning that he didn't really have a role... at least not one to glow about. He said maybe two lines... was in the film for about 2 minutes total. Anyway, just didn't get that one. And to Bastard, I think that Lucas talking about Mace Windu and stuff occured behind the scenes of the awards... he did say that though... I think it was during a quick Q and A after Lucas left the stage, at least that's the word.

  • June 24, 2000, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I just want you all to know...

    by danhelm

    that this Talkback is a total waste of energy. Let's me honest, insulting Moriarty by constantly calling him "McWeeny" is the mark of grade school dropouts. Oh well, back to chat, where, dull as it is sometimes, is a great deal more stimulating than this. And, great interveiw Moriarty.

  • June 25, 2000, 12:20 a.m. CST

    reading between the lines

    by Efihp

    Harry wrote a very telling statement..."The folks over at Paramount seemed to be real happy with that SHAFT review of mine and said... "Hey, I wonder if Harry would interview Sam 'I am the man' Jackson?"" (READ: Harry, you give us good reviews, we'll let you interview actors) If we see more and more interviews like this, I think it's safe to say sell-out.

  • June 25, 2000, 10:13 a.m. CST

    The review by Mr.Moriarty...

    by Hans Moleman

    Moriarty did an alright review. But I could do better. Harry should fire Moriarty and hire me. It would be a good move.

  • June 25, 2000, noon CST

    Good interview, Morry

    by wash

  • June 25, 2000, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Efihp nailed it!

    by PoxyVonSinister

    The minute I saw that, I had the same thought -- thanks for the good review Harry, here's an interview. And a pretty softball-laden, hype the next couple of projects kind of interview. Blah.

  • June 25, 2000, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Good interview, Dean

    by Thothmes

  • June 25, 2000, 6:03 p.m. CST

    morarity

    by holidill

    I have a few questions, one, didn't Morarity say he was going to give us another installment of the best films of the 90s, I'm still looking for it. 2. Wasn't Sam cool in Patriot Games? He has that one cool shot that takes place during the climax as the camera is moving in on him as he is crouched down with his gun waiting for the bad guys to come into the basement where everyone is hiding. I thought it kicked ass.

  • June 25, 2000, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Red Violin ring a bell? Mofo?

    by Maynard

    Hey! Why don't you ever mention any other movie's that Sam Jackson has been in? Mentioning Goodfellas and Fresh? WTF? Is action all you care about? Red Violin was pretty good. Shaft may have already wrecked Sam's career. What has Mr. Roundtree been in since his version of Shaft? Hey Honeybear? Shaft? The Mod Squad? I thought Deep Blue Sea was the best part for him. I loved the part when he was just about to be The Man Who Saves The Day, then BOOM! He gets eaten by the sharks. I laughed real hard there, then the rest of the movie died because he wasn't the man who saved the day. Boo Hoo.

  • June 26, 2000, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Hey Sam!! Do the Pulp Fiction thing again . . . you know "great

    by ol' painless

    Damn, Harry, you passed up the opportunity to interview Sam the Man? I woulda been in there like a mo'fo. Hell, I was hoping you WOULD ask the questions you listed in your intro bitty. I think Samuel would have appreciated the . . . er . . . refreshing candour.

  • June 27, 2000, 8:06 a.m. CST

    how many posts will Harry remove?

    by memyself

    Harry, your crackdowns on dissenting voices are starting to make the Chinese government look reasonable. First you remove a post exposing Moriaty's true name and appearance (go to http://www.geocities.com/jstohler98/shot2.jpg for a screen shot of said posting), then you remove my post complaining about the previous removal. Oh yeah -- my account was also disabled. As Harry's site says, "being a jerkwad loser will get you banned." Are all dissenting voices considered jerkwad losers, Harry, or just the ones that take issue with you? By the way folks, the story about Harry and Moriarty is online at http://filmthreat.com/Features.asp?File=FeaturesOne.inc&Id=160.