I am a Samuel L Jackson fan. I first took note of him when he played Mister Senor Love Daddy in Do the Right Thing. He was one of my favorite characters in that movie but that didn’t make my top five roles. It really is hard to narrow down his entire body of work to five roles and undoubtedly many will point out some movies I overlooked or simply forgot.
Regardless, I’m going to list the movies that for me, defined Samuel L. Jackson. I’m not going to distinguish between films in which he played the lead role or supporting role. I like to keep things simple when the subject is complicated. So here it is.
5. Rules of Engagement: Someone has to be the type to get results no matter the cost and Col. Childers was just the man.
4. Jungle Fever: “Mama, I smoked the TV” is just one of many lines I remember from this movie. I don’t hear many people talk about his performance in the movie but the Cannes Film Festival created a category for Best Supporting Actor just so they could honor this performance.
3. A Time to Kill: As a black man, this movie moved me on so many different levels. Considering everything that is happening now with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, A Time to Kill probably crystallizes the emotions many black people have more than anything else.
2. The Negotiator: Another role where Sam is trying to defend his honor. When everyone is trying to kill you, the only option is to hold some folk hostage, pretend to kill a cop, then Keven Spacey is more Chris Sabian than he is Frank Underwood.
1. Pulp Fiction: This is a career defining role. I’m not even sure if it is possible to outdo this performance. Everything about Jules Winfield you want in a structured character. He was as thoughtful as he was ruthless. And let’s not forget he has one of the best lines in any movie quoting scripture.by