Actor and Marvel star Samuel L. Jackson is a Hollywood veteran with a career spanning many years in the industry. The Avengers actor has made a mark doing a variety of roles that showcased his acting talent including films like A Time to Kill, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Negotiator, and others. His recurring role as Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D in the MCU was instrumental in elevating his popularity among audiences. Before these films though, his journey to the big leagues began with director Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Pulp Fiction.
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Quentin Tarantino put Samuel L. Jackson on the map
Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is still considered the director’s most accomplished film to date. The film starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson follows the story of two hitmen with an affinity for philosophical discussions. The movie with its stylish aesthetic that would define Quentin Tarantino’s unique brand of filmmaking in the future, went on to win the Oscar in 1995 for Best Original Screenplay.
Before the role of Jules in Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson worked in smaller parts in films like Jurassic Park, Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, and other movies. Though these films gave the actor a stepping stone in the right direction, it was only after Quentin Tarantino cast him in Pulp Fiction that his acting career took off swiftly. His portrayal of the hitman Jules and his chemistry with John Travolta was lauded and appreciated, giving rise to more significant roles being offered by other filmmakers.
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Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino share a 6-film history
Pulp Fiction marked the beginning of a series of 6 films that Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino collaborated on. It is the most number of times that any actor has appeared in the maverick director’s films. Apart from Pulp Fiction, the star played significant roles in Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, The Hateful Eight, and Inglorious Basterds, in which he was the narrator.
There is no doubt that while Quentin Tarantino was the lucky charm in Samuel L. Jackson’s upward career graph, the director also benefitted from the talented actor’s presence in each of his films. With the Kill Bill filmmaker announcing that he will be creating an 8-part television series in 2023, it would be interesting to see if Samuel L. Jackson will feature in it.
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