Samuel Leroy Jackson would probably be the first name that comes to mind when asked to name an African-American actor who has achieved true success. He is either a brave Jedi or a thief from the “Dangerous District.” However, it was actually a regular black boy who miraculously avoided the grim ghetto life’s typical sad scenario.
After his parents got divorced, Samuel Jackson moved to a small Tennessee town and lived by himself with his mother. Although he was the only child, he received neither love nor attention. Samuel Jackson’s mother initially put in long hours in the factory. He was then admitted to a mental health clinic as a result of his overwork and mental stress. Sam began relocating to other relatives’ homes, as well as other people’s homes occasionally. Sam’s father was even considered by some, but it was found that he had already passed away from drunkenness.
If your school is in a ghetto, the ghetto gradually becomes your school. Those are the rules. Sam lived in a dilapidated house while attending a different school. His shortcoming was that he could not deal with the white children. And what did the students of such schools in America usually do at that time? Drugs, street fighting, or simply getting shot by a cop. So “sit quietly,” his relatives tell him. “If you’re a black boy, that means to them in the first place you’re just a criminal.” Sam felt it.
As a child, they told me: “Lower your head. You can’t look white people in the eye, otherwise they will think that you are too arrogant. ”Samuel Jackson
Sam compared this experience to getting a bad lottery ticket in a blatantly unfair lottery. Sam’s sporadic outings to the movies and his innocent childhood aspiration of being an actor let him escape the grim reality of his situation. Sam participated in the theatre club at his school, and then he somehow got into the drama department at college. He understood that the artist lacked the capacity for prejudice.
But in fact, the professor used to say directly to the blacks: “Well, who can you play? Hamlet, isn’t it? Maybe the Moor’s Othello? They must have thought it was a joke. But Sam wasn’t funny. In response, he found his own little theater, where only African Americans played. And he also started fighting for the rights of black students, he would go to rallies, demand education reforms.
True, in those days such impudent people were sent to prison or to the war in Vietnam. For this Sam is punished and expelled from college, now Sam tries to break discipline, and it pleases him too – Sam joins the Black Panthers and begins to fight and plan revenge.
To my mother, who had just left the clinic, the FBI came and said: “Your son will die within a year. They’ll just shoot him.” My mother begged me to leave, to leave everything. I was terribly afraid that she would get worse, so I did as she asked.
Then Sam flew off for New York. He continued hoping to prove that even black actors could win an Oscar, but destiny had other plans for him. He would only be asked to play the purposefully satirical characters of drug dealers and gangsters, as if to indicate his place in society.
Being treated like a second-class citizen is difficult. Sam started drinking hopelessly and even started using drugs in an effort to protect himself from this feeling. It gave him a fictitious feeling of drunken euphoria.
When Sam was apprehended by the cops and forced taken to a rehab facility, she had an 8-year-old kid. Sam reemerges a new person a year later. He had overcome his addiction, but life now felt like a desert to him, and movies no longer seemed like exotic dreamscapes. He thought everyone was making fun of him and that his life was finished.
In those years, there was an African-American crime district in the depths of Brooklyn, but it was here one morning that Sam literally crawled out of his tiny room in cheap public housing to buy cigarettes at a store across the street. You will say that at such moments life can hardly change for the better, but fate is full of amazing contradictions. In that store, he encountered Spike Lee, an aspiring African-American filmmaker.
He instantly recognized Sam. It’s true that the actor was hideous. However, it just so happened that the director was only looking for one artist for the movie “Tropical Fever.” Sam was hired in his field because it was important to portray someone who had hit rock bottom.
Spike was pushy, came to me with the script. I read and understood: “No, this is not just the role of another black guy. For the first time I get a deep role, full of real pain and experiences.
It was difficult to imagine how the project might impact the film industry. But it was a genuine triumph. They also brought Sam a Cannes nomination and a special prize. Then, life itself started to resemble a movie. When his wife came back to him, he entirely gave up his youthful vices.
One day Samuel Jackson was woken up by a phone call. It was a certain Quentin Tarantino, and he called her for “Pulp Fiction“. And that was a completely different story. “Django Unchained, Die Hard 3, Star Wars Sequel, Thor, Iron Man“, went ahead 20 years of filming in the world’s best movies and each role is like a piece of a puzzle that would never come together if it Wouldn’t it be for his belief in happiness, which can improve any, even the most hopeless, life. The story of Samuel Jackson is nothing like a movie
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