Samuel L. Jackson made the transition from character actor to Hollywood Star thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. While that movie has numerous memorable, and eminently quotable lines, many of which belong to Jackson, quite possibly the best line in the movie comes near the end of the film, when Jules needs to get his wallet back. It’s got a particular inscription which makes it easy to identify.
It turns out that’s not the only item that Samuel L. Jackson has labeled in that particular way. In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jackson spoke about the process of getting cast in the Star Wars prequels. Initially he says he told George Lucas that he would have been happy just playing a Stormtrooper, he wasn’t looking for a role that would have put his face on screen, he just wanted to be in the movie. It actually wasn’t until he arrived in London to film his scenes that he discovered he would be playing the Jedi Mace Windu. He was allowed to choose his own lightsaber handle, which he still owns, although his now has a special inscription.
On the off chance that you’re not familiar with the iconic scene in Pulp Fiction you can learn what BMF stands for here.
You can tell that Samuel L. Jackson gets a kick out of his specially inscribed lightsaber. The most fascinating part of the interview though, is the way that Seth Meyers seems to completely miss the line. We’re not sure if he was just off his game that night, or exactly what happened here, but he lets the BMF line go by and doesn’t give it nearly the reaction such a line deserves. He appears to have completely missed the reference. We assume he’s familiar with Pulp Fiction. Maybe he just isn’t great with acronyms. Maybe a producer was in his ear, forcing him to get to commercial. Television's rough. See what you think.
With the career that Samuel L. Jackson has had, and the iconic roles that he has played, he could have an entire collection of BMF merchandise. Maybe a BMF on the inside of his Avengers eye patch is next?
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