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It isn’t exactly surprising to see Samuel L. Jackson during a regular trip to the movie theater, as the guy regularly stars in multiple features each year and is a mainstay on the big screen. What you may not know, however, is that if you live in his neighborhood there’s actually a good chance that you could actually see him sitting just a few seats over from you at the local cineplex, given that he apparently really loves to see his own films with regular audiences.
The actor is the focal point of a big new feature written by Vulture, and while the piece covers many different facets of Jackson’s career, one of the most interesting comes at the very end of the article. It seems that the Hateful Eight star remains a fan of buying tickets at his local theater and seeing films play out on the big screen. He added,
I’m 66! I can show my ID at the theater and get a discount. And I do! I’m not too proud. I’ve earned it.
Surely not every project that he’s done gets the exact same type of viewing treatment, but it seems that one film that Samuel L. Jackson particularly enjoyed seeing in a theater was his hit from earlier this year, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. In that movie, Jackson stars as a tech giant with a speech impediment who has a deadly plan to save the Earth from destruction, and apparently the star digs seeing himself in action. Proof of this is in the fact that he wound up seeing the movie “eight or nine times” during its run. That’s a drop in the bucket when you consider that the R-rated blockbuster went on to make $406 million worldwide, but it’s still rather impressive
If Samuel L. Jackson actually goes to see all of his movies on the big screen, then he’s actually had a busy theater-going year in 2015. Kingsman: The Secret Service may have kicked things off, but we’ve also seen him in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the spy comedy Barely Lethal, and the action thriller Big Game. He has plenty more trips coming up too, as he’ll be front and center in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight - which will be getting a limited release on Christmas Day - and Spike Lee’s Chiraq - set to be due out in December - as well. It wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest if those titles earned multiple viewings from the actor also, so keep an eye out for him later this winter.