We all have actors that we’d love to meet someday, and have ones that we hope are as cool as they seem in while they are doing their jobs. For me, Samuel L. Jackson has been on the list of people I most want to be just like their characters. Spoiler alert: he’s even better. The most awesome Samuel L. Jackson Incredibles 2 interview went pretty much as I hoped it would, famous F-bomb utterance and all! Here are 13 surprising moments from our Incredibles 2 Samuel L. Jackson interview.
When I got the email announcing who we would be interviewing for the Incredibles 2 press junket, I looked for one name. I mean, everyone in this movie is amazing and I was so excited to see Holly Hunter & Craig T. Nelson at the top of our list. But I won’t lie: I was scanning for one name in particular.
Please, movie magic gods, please let Samuel. L. Jackson be on the list.
GUYS: I yelped and jumped up and down. Then I sat down and did a spin in my office chair. There was probably some sort of touch down type dance as well. I don’t remember all the details, but I was pretty ridiculous about it. Ahem.
Nick Fury, Jules Winnfield, Jedi Master MACE WINDU, Capital One What’s in Your Wallet mother effing Samuel L. Jackson was on our Incredibles 2 Event interview list!
I was excited before, but this just sent my #Incredibles2Event hype to another level. The other time I saw him in person was at the 2017 D23 Expo– but he was just up on stage, so no chance to interview or interact. This was my shot! And I hoped he would be the cool cat in person that I envisioned as he was up on the screen.
13 Surprising Moments With Samuel L. Jackson
Spoiler alert: Yup, he totally was. This was one of those interviews where you got the sense he was just himself; no pretense, no being “on” so to speak.
It was just Sam chatting it up with the mom bloggers that invaded his space. I’m not sure he knew exactly what to make of us, but he was one of the most engaging and surprising interviews I’ve ever attended.
And man, did we laugh!
Check out these 13 surprising moments with Samuel L. Jackson.
1. He collects Action Figures- His OWN Action Figures
When we asked him about the action figures he collects, he admitted that he does indeed collect them. With a caveat.
Samuel L. Jackson: “Mine.”
You mean you only collect action figures of yourself?
Samuel L. Jackson: “Yeah, you mean other people have them? (he smirked on this line) Well, that started after- when I did Jurassic Park, they made action figures for everybody but my character. I was kind of like- huh- so after that I kind of insisted.”
When we interviewed the director of Incredibles (Brad Bird) and the producers (Nicole Grindle, John Walker) at Pixar, they commented on the need for the Incredibles sequel. They kinda put it all on Sam. They claimed he was already telling people there was one coming during the production of the first movie so they felt they (eventually) needed to produce a sequel!
Sam didn’t quite see it that way, but he’s relieved that the movie is finally being made and giving people what they were asking for.
Samuel L. Jackson: “I’m relieved now, I mean that was a lot of pressure. People- my feed is always full of, when are they going to make The Incredibles 2, when are they going to make The Incredibles 2, like it was my decision. Now I feel a lot better knowing the pressure has been relieved, they’ve made it, people can be happy.”
3. He Recorded Frozone Lines Alone With Director Brad Bird
Holly and Craig mentioned this in the interview before him: Incredibles 2 wasn’t recorded with all the actors in one room playing off each other’s lines. It’s pretty much director Brad Bird in the corner, who acts out everyone’s lines while the featured actor is recording into a microphone.
We asked him that was different than acting in his traditional roles.
Samuel L. Jackson: “Oh different than acting with actors? Brad is sitting over there in a corner and he’s reading stuff, you know, and actually, Brad turns out to be pretty good. He pretty much tries to imitate everybody’s voice when we’re doing this stuff, you know, so and he is Edna, he’s the best character in the movie. So you know, it just becomes- I’ve only worked once with Craig in the room and that was in the first movie, the first time we were in the studio together and I think that’s when they decided no we’re not going to put these guys together.”
4. He’d Be Up For a Frozone Stand-Alone Movie
Samuel L. Jackson: “Oh I always like seeing a movie with myself in it anything starring me is a good idea, so yeah.”
Welp, I can’t say that he’s wrong!
5. Why Can’t Frozone Be Hot?
This exchange had us all busting up, laughing, and even blushing a little. One of the bloggers in the room asked if he related to his Incredibles 2 character, Frozone, at all because she felt that was the kind of superhero he’d be.
Sam wasn’t having it. He took a minute to tease her about thinking he’s not hot anymore.
Samuel L. Jackson: “Really? I’d be shooting ice, not fire, I’m not hot like that? Oh I see, I see- oh. Oh fire is for the Black Panther guy. Old guys get to be cool, not hot. That’s a little ageism, I’m feeling a little Me Too about that.”
Y’all, trust me, when Samuel L. Jackson walks into the room the temperature shoots UP (fans self over here).
6. His Real-Life Superpower
Without hesitation, when asked what his real-life superpower is, the Incredibles 2 actor answered that it’s about taking care of his family. That’s his superpower. And we all said, awwwww!
Samuel L. Jackson: “Earning money for my wife and daughter. Surviving thirty-eight years of marriage yeah, that’s the superpower.”
7. T-Shirt Lines and Supersuits
He doesn’t think he always gets the best characters but does have fun with the ones he gets to play. We all agree that he seems to get the best lines, however. This movie is no exception!
Samuel L. Jackson: “Well people like selling t-shirts; I say the t-shirt lines, yeah.”
Welp. You sold one to me!
One of his more famous lines is the one I’m sporting on my shirt. Where is my Supersuit?
When asked about meeting the actress who plays his wife, Honey (a scene stealer herself in Incredibles 2, even though we never see her) the door was opened to tease another blogger.
She mentioned that the interaction between them in both movies was similar to how she and her husband at around each other.
Samuel L. Jackson: “Oh really, you don’t let your husband wear his supersuit? Yeah, honey where is mysuper suit? ‘Oh my boyfriend’s got it, he’ll bring it back tomorrow. My boyfriend has got it but he’ll be back with it.’ ”
Also: Please tell me you are reading these quotes in Sam’s voice because – OF COURSE YOU ARE!
8. About the Other Line He’s Famous For
You know the one. THE famous Samuel L. Jackson line. He knows the one, too, though he tried to play it off when I asked him about the “language you’re known for”…
Samuel L. Jackson: “What, French? German?”
Ah, not quite. But nice try! I wanted to know if dropping the F-bomb is something that is really just “Sam being Sam” or if that’s part of the persona he’s created over the years. The answer was surprisingly sweet.
Samuel L. Jackson: “That’s pretty much who I am- yeah- I don’t know. Well, that’s one of the things. I have talked like that my whole life, basically.
So that worked and it just kind of flows over into the rest of my life, in fact, I just got a notice from Twitter about something I said.”
“But they (Twitter) said I was fine. Somebody reported me for- somebody literally reported me for something I’d been doing since I got on Twitter, it’s kind of like, I’ve been doing this since I got on Twitter, the first- my first tweet had that word in it, you know, and so I don’t know why. But they assured me it’s fine.”
C’mon, Tweeps! You know who this guy is, right? Chill on the report button. Sam’s gonna be Sam.
9. Freezing Time in the 1970s
Since he’s Frozone, we wanted to know what time period or year would he go back to or freeze if he could.
It’s all about the 70s and being young (scrappy and hungry- sorry, listening to Hamilton as I write this!) in New York City.
Samuel L. Jackson: “You know what, like early seventies, when we got to New York City when, you know, we started this marvelous journey that we were ready to conquer the world and be the best actors on the planet.
And my wife and I thought we were going to be Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. But it was a vibrant time in New York, there were so many of us there. And it was a great time for work, and comradeship and all the people that we met, Morgan, Alfre, Denzel… and everybody was there working. And we all worked together, we ate together, we went to auditions together, we went to the same unemployment office when we weren’t working yeah but, you know, vibrant times and learning times.”
“Which cemented some really great friendships and just the challenge of being on stage with those people and wanting to be better, wanting to be good, and making all those things happen. That kind of makes us who we are on screen, for everybody.
Because we had all that discipline and all that, you know, working together and learning how to be an ensemble and not just outshine everybody who’s around you. Sometimes you can’t help it, because the other people aren’t so good, but being there and being in that time, that would be great.”
10. His Advice to New Actors: Do Live Theater
If you’re an aspiring actor, listen up. He has a little bit to say about how to become better, and when SLJ talks, actor to actor, you listen!
Samuel L. Jackson: “Just starting out, oh wow, do as much theater as you can do. You know, fame is a drug that these people, young people now have, because it seems so accessible. If you do enough, you know, you do enough online or you get enough likes or people get enough eyes on you, you become famous for just no reason, or for reasons that aren’t worth talking about.
There’s a wealth of information to be gained from working in front of real people every night and getting that [CLAPS] or getting that [LAUGHTER] because you learn from that. And there’s no real way to know you can do it until you hear people say it or you’re in a theater and you feel the energy of the audience when you’re doing something.
When you feel the energy of people, then you know okay, this works, that works, that doesn’t work, this works. So that when you get to this place, or on a screen somewhere, you don’t have to question what you do, it feels right, you know, it works. ”
11. On Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, and his Friend Brie Larson
Samuel L. Jackson: “Nick Fury’s power is persuasion. He’s able to talk people into doing all kinds of things and getting recruiting people. I’m having a great time being Nick Fury, especially in this film (Captain Marvel), because Brie (Larson) and I are really good friends. After we did Kong, we were in Kong together and suffering through the jungle heat and the bugs and Vietnam and Australia and Hawaii, just a hard job.
But she and I are really good friends so I enjoy watching the ascendance of young actors. And she’s so special and just so good. And she, outside of being just a super talented person, she’s very concerned about what’s going on around her and she’s outspoken about women’s issues. And I think that’s really-really-really great.”
“Because people are constantly trying to separate us from our ordinary lives, you know, it’s like yeah, we’re actors, but we live like everybody else in the world and affected by the same thing that’s affecting everybody else. So when people say, we don’t need your opinion, it’s ‘I got to have one, because I pay bills, I pay taxes,’ you know, I got a right to my opinion, so I’m not asking you to believe what I believe, I’m just asking you to hear what I got to say, and you can do what you want with it. So she’s that person and I’m glad.”
12. Who Does Samuel L. Jackson Think is the Best Character In Incredibles 2?
After listening to him for 20 minutes, I kinda expected him to say Frozone. Because any character Sam does is going to be the best! He does not suffer from actor insecurities. Ha.
But he said if he could have been anyone in the film, he’d choose to be Edna Mode. Which, I totally get as a self-proclaimed Edna fangirl.
Samuel L. Jackson: “Edna is just the dope-est, she’s just, you know, wise cool dry, unaffected by the world, you know. The world revolves around her.”
Agreed, Mr. Jackson. Agreed.
13. Judge Judy and Samuel L. Jackson are Friends
This was my final surprise of the day. I don’t know why I didn’t just assume they were besties because now that I know, it really makes sense. But it never crossed my mind. Judge Judy and Sam are pals- the kinds that do dinner together and hang out. And he never misses her show!
Samuel L. Jackson: “Oh long days on movie sets, I watch movies, I watch a lot of Judge shows, during the day, when I’m on a movie set because they’re on all day. So and I never miss Judy, because that’s my friend, Judy and I, me and Judy are like that (fingers crossed). We like hanging out and have dinner together and stuff so I watch judge shows, I watch movies.”
Was the Samuel L. Jackson Incredibles 2 interview what I hoped it would be? Absolutely! I think the smiles on our faces say it all. You don’t want to miss him in Incredibles 2 on June 15- or Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019!
Disney invited me to the Incredibles 2 Event press junket and paid for my airfare and accommodations. All Frozone/SLJ love, however, is my mother effing own.
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)