Samuel L. Jackson thought he would be pirate, not an actor.
The 65-year-old has been starring in major Hollywood movies since the 1990s, including Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park and the first two Iron Man films. But despite all his success and reputation as one of the coolest men in tinsel town, Samuel thought his life would turn out very differently.
“I was a dreamer. Lived in my head. I imagined I’d go places. I thought maybe I’d be a pirate,” he revealed to Page Six. “Growing up, a poor kid in segregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee , who knew all this could happen to me? No idea. Never thought I’d be anything. No doctor, lawyer, nothing.”
When he realized his pirate ambitions weren’t likely to be achieved, Samuel signed up for the merchant marines. Then he moved into the civil rights movement before finally settling on being an actor in the 1970s.
“I marvel at my life,” he said. “But see, luck’s a bad practice. I had determination. I found what I wanted to do and things happened. I did improv. Children’s theater. Repertory. Auditions. Not figuring to be a movie star. Just excited about being an actor. That was my direction.”
Samuel’s breakout role was in the 1991 film Jungle Fever, where he played a crack cocaine addict. The star had his own battle with drug addiction early in his career but he is thankful that he was able to overcome his demons and turn his life around.
“I got sober. Stopped being a bad boy. God didn’t want me to do all those bad things,” he said. “All the work I do, I do nothing wild, don’t drink, I care only about providing for my wife and family.”
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