Samuel L. Jackson is thePlayboyinterview for October and he has a lot to say. He talks about going to rehab in 1990, about having a sneaker "fetish" - he has "hundreds" of pairs - about golf as the perfect sport, about movies, good grammar, about wife LaTanya Richardson (to whom he's been married for "40 (effing) years") and more, including the six movies he has completed in 2013.
If we missed any of his expletives, forgive us. Jackson, 64, uses them freely and frequently.
Some highlights from the lengthy chat:
On never settling for mediocrity: "On Twitter someone will write, 'Your an idiot,' and I'll go, 'No, you're an idiot,' and all my Twitterphiles will go, 'Hey, Sam Jackson, he's the grammar police.' I'll take that. Somebody needs to be. I mean, we have newscasters who don't even know how to conjugate verbs, something Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow never had problems with. How the ... did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable."
On President Obama consciously dropping gs off the ends of words to sound like Joe Average: "First of all, we know it ain't because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be (effing) presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say 'It ain't' or 'What it be' to my friends. But when I'm out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family what cared about me, who has a well-read background, I (effing) conjugate."
On defending Quentin Tarantino's controversial use of the "N" word inDjango Unchained: "These 20-somethings can't turn around and tell me the word (n-word) is (effed)-up inDjangoyet still listen to Jay Z or whoever else say '(n-word, n-word, n-word)' throughout the music they listen to. You can't have it one way and not the other ..."
On whether only black directors can tell black stories: "There is this whole thing of 'Nobody can tell our story but us,' but that's apparently not true, because the Jackie Robinson movie finally got made as42. Spike (Lee) didn't make it, but people still went to see it."
On the double standard that exists when telling black stories: "These stories must be told. If Spike (Lee), the Hughes brothers or Carl Franklin had done it, it would have been right? Look, Quentin has this master storytelling ability, and a lot of criticism from a lot of people is straight (b.s.) jealousy because they can't do it themselves."
On the one thing he won't do onscreen, even for Quentin Tarantino: "Probably dress up as a woman and kiss another guy. I don't think people want to see me do that. He hasn't asked me, but you know what? If it's done right and the story is good, I might."
On working with Josh Brolin (in upcomingOldboy) and Julianne Moore: "Josh is good, and he understands the fun aspect of the job. When they say 'Action,' you get serious. 'Cut,' boom. There are a few actors who are like that who are really great, like Julianne Moore. When we were doingFreedomland, Julianne was standing there saying, 'Sam, do you watchAmerican Idol? Oh, it's so great.' They call 'Action!' and she's crying her eyes out; they call 'Cut!' and she comes right back over: 'As I was saying, thisAmerican Idolthing ... .' She's amazing."
Samuel L. Jackson covers a lot of ground in the October issue of 'Playboy' mag.(Photo: Gavin Bond, Playboy)
On bringing back his Mace Windu character inStar Wars: Episode VII: "They should figure out a way to bring my (rear) back from wherever I went when I fell out that window, because you know a Jedi can fall from incredible heights and not die. I'd just come back with a fake hand like Darth Vader and my purple lightsaber."
On the impression he hopes to leave after he's gone: "That I was a hard worker and I generally gave people their money's worth. That's all you want from a movie star. I mean, I'm not trying to change the world. I'm just trying to entertain people."