Birds Of Prey Actress Recalls Advice From MCU’s Samuel L. Jackson

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Actress Jurnee Smollett made her debut as a superhero in Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey. She played Black Canary, but before taking on the role, she asked for advice from her mentors. One of them is MCU’s Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson.

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Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary from Birds of Prey

Smollett revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

I just remember I called a bunch of my mentors who had more experience in the comic book world. Like Samuel L. Jackson, I remember calling him and being like, ‘OK, so like, yo, what do I do? Is there a way in which I should approach this any differently than how I would approach any other character? I always do so much research of the world.’ And he said, ‘Baby, just go and piss on your territory.’”


Birds Of Prey: Black Canary Is Getting Its Own Solo

A spinoff Black Canary was announced late last year, and Smollett is expected to return. It is still unclear whether it will be a movie or television series. Misha Green is tapped to write the script. Upon the news reveal, Smollett was ecstatic.

Guess the Canary is out of the cage! So excited to finally embark on this adventure with my creative soul sis.”

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Warner Bros. and DC’s Birds Of Prey Cast

Birds Of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn earned generally positive reviews but failed to make an impression at the box office. It starred Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, together with other members of the vigilante squad, such as Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary.

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury from MCU’s The Avengers

Samuel L. Jackson is known for his iconic role as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. He is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has made several appearances across many MCU films. The actor is set to return for the upcoming Disney+ series, Secret Invasion.

Birds of Prey can be streamed online via HBO Max.


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