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If you’re going to see a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, there’s at least a line or two that you’ll go home reciting to yourself and your friends when you need entertainment. Like the rest of us, Stephen Colbert has noticed this, and challenged the badass actor to deliver some of the most classic lines – in an effort to steal them for himself. Watch this exciting challenge below!
Samuel L. Jackson fulfilled this Herculean task of line reading during his recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and you can tell he was having fun while visiting to promote The Hateful Eight. Working his way through lines from such classics as Gone With The Wind, The Graduate, and even The Lord Of The Rings; Jackson nailed each line with his trademark brand of attitude and authority. While we can’t quite agree that these lines will belong to Samuel L. Jackson for perpetuity, we can definitely say that if any of these films were up for a remake, we’d have no problem seeing Jackson himself filling any of the key roles. At the very least, there’s comedy sketch gold to be mined in these hills, especially with Jackson’s portrayal of Gandalf sounding more like a Blaxploitation hero than a resident of Middle Earth. Frankly, that’s a concept we never knew we wanted to see until it was realized in this video.
Memorable dialogue comes from two places: the writer who’s crafting the dialogue, and the actor who’s hired to bring those words to life. So naturally, Samuel L. Jackson’s reputation as a master of lines that stand out is, in part, thanks to his inherent talent with delivery of said lines. But the other party that helped make Jackson so memorable in the film-going subconscious is, of course, frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino. If you think his career would be the same without Jules Winfield’s "Ezekiel 25:17" speech from Pulp Fiction, then you really should think again. If anything, the more Tarantino and Jackson work together, the more memorable both parties become – as their work is legendary for sticking out with audiences as well as any well-paced Marvel action set-piece.
The tradition of memorable scenes involved Samuel L. Jackson continues with his role in The Hateful Eight, as anyone who has seen it will tell you his monologue right before a crucial moment in the film is the stuff film students post on their walls for inspiration. We won’t spoil the exact details of what his speech entails, but when Demian Bichir’s Bob starts playing "Silent Night" on the piano, you’re going to hang on every single word that comes out of his mouth. If you haven’t had a chance to experience The Hateful Eight for yourself, you can find it in Digital and/or 70mm presentations at a theater near you.