He is one of the most prolific, talented and highest grossing actors in the history of cinema. Known for his deep authoritative voice, his infamous use of profanity in movies, frequent collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, his facial hair and last but not least, his bald head; this man is in a league of his known. He is simply... Samuel L. Jackson and it is a deadly sin that this actor has only one Oscar nomination. Here are his top 10 performances, in my opinion:
10. Stephen in Django Unchained (2012)
In Tarantino's highest-grossing theatrical release to date, Samuel plays Stephen or as he dubbed him "the most hateful negro in cinematic history". This character is a staunchly loyal house slave, whose heart is filled with nothing, but hatred and obedience.
9. Ken Carter in Coach Carter (2005)
"Coach Carter" is one of the most influential and educational sports movies of all time. Based on a real story, the team preaches not giving up even against the biggest obstacles and hardships and also reflects on the problems young black males encounter and most importantly it tells the quest of a man, who tries to change the substandard academic system. A man, who is exceptionally portrayed by Jackson.
8. Danny Roman in The Negotiator (1998)
Considerered by many to be one of Samuel's finest roles, Lieutenant Danny Roman is a top Chicago Police Department hostage negotiator, who in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, after being accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.
7. Neville Flynn in Snakes On A Plane (2006)
"Snakes On A Plane" was a curious case. The film gained a considerable amount of attention before its release, forming large fanbases online and becoming an Internet phenomenon. However, after it was released it did not live up to its potential. Still, Samuel L. Jackson puts in a solid performance as FBI agent Neville Flynn.
6. Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown (1997)
Ordell is an extremely cool character, but he definitely does not fit the description of a bad guy. The black-market gun runner is as blundering and inept as he is menacing. Besides, he is a homicidal criminal with delusions of grandeur.
5. Nick Furry in Marvel's Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe would not be the same without this character, who seves as a link between almost all the movies. In addition, Jackson's performance inspired the Ultimate Marvel characterization of Fury, which was originally modeled after him.
4. Zeus Carver in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Zeus Carver os an owner of a small electronics store in Harlem and reluctantly becomes JohnMcClane's partner. Carves tries to overcome his prejudice towards white people. Besides, he is a very significant character in the "Die Hard" series because it changed the movies to "duo/buddy cop films".
3. Elijah Price in Unbreakable (2000)
This is a much, much different role from the typical Samuel L. Jackson character, who is filled with profanity. Elijah Price is born with Type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. As revealed later in flashbacks, Elijah draws on comic books he has read during his many hospital stays to theorize that, if he is frail at one extreme, then perhaps there is someone "unbreakable" at the opposite extreme.
2. Carl Lee Hailey in A Time to Kill (1996)
Carl Lee Hailey is the father of a young girl, who was raped by two racists. He counts on the publics sentiments and frustration with lack of justice. Moreover, he is a steady worker at a local factory, a devoted husband, and a father of four.
''A Time to Kill" is a dramatic, involving and energetic which is an adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same and Jackson give a top-notch performance in this movie.
1. Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction(1994)
Well, that was an obvious and easy choice, wasn't it? Undoubtedly, Winnfield is Jackson's greatest role and that is most definitely not because it has earned him an Academy Award nomination. Winnfield is a man who changes over the progression of the film.
Though we originally see him as a fast-talking scary hitman who quotes the bible of all things, we later see another side of the man. He becomes increasingly tired of not only his incompetent partner Vincent Vega, but of his way of life as a hit-man and later he finds a new meaning in life as he finally realizes hat life is more than material goods or violence.
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Ray Arnold in Jurassic Park (1993)
Mace Windu in Star Wars (1999-2005)
Louis Batiste in Eve's Bayou (1997)
Lazarus Woods in Black Snake Moan (2007)
Trevor Garfield in 187 (1997)
Mr. Senior Love Daddy in Do the Right Thing (1989)
Which is your favorite Samuel L. Jackson role?
Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea (1999)