YOUR POST-APARTHEID DRAMA, IN MY COUNTRY, OPENING ON THE HEELS OF COACH
CARTER, SOON TO BE FOLLOWED BY XXX: STATE OF THE UNION AND STAR
WARS: EPISODE III, IT SEEMS THAT ITS A SAM JACKSON WORLD AND WERE
ALL JUST LIVING IN IT.
its back to back to back to back!
WONDER YOUVE OVERTAKEN HARRISON FORD AS THE HIGHEST-GROSSING ACTOR OF
With three billion, three hundred million something, something, something
in grosses, no one will ever catch me again. Well, unless Harrisons
[upcoming] Indiana Jones movie makes a lot of money. But theyll
just put me in that, too, and Ill keep up. (laughs)
TO THINK THAT AS AN UNDERGRAD AT ATLANTAS MOREHOUSE COLLEGE, YOU ONLY
GOT INTO ACTING BECAUSE OF THE
drugs and cheap thrills. Yep.
SERVED YOU WELL WHEN, TWO WEEKS OUT OF
YOU BEGAN YOUR BREAKTHROUGH ROLE AS A CRACKHEAD IN 1991S JUNGLE FEVER.
THE REHAB FOLKS DIDNT WANT YOU TO TAKE THAT GIG, DID THEY?
against it. They said that being around pipes and lighters was going to trigger
all my old feelings. I said, Theres no way thats going to
happen if for no other reason than that I never want to see you motherfuckers
again! The focus of that movie was interracial relationships; I was
just the side story, but later on everybody went, I think the whole
movie should have been about YOU. (laughs)
A STAR OF JUNGLE FEVER, THEN, IS IT EVER AN ISSUE TO DO LOVE SCENES
WITH WHITE WOMEN, SUCH AS JULIETTE BINOCHE IN IN MY COUNTRY?
And, cmon, you dont pass up the chance to be romantically involved
with Juliette Binoche. Ever since I saw Damage, Ive been sitting
at home, like [starts panting with his tongue out]
IN MY COUNTRY, YOUR CHARACTER SAYS, IF YOURE BLACK IN AMERICA,
EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE YOURE MADE TO FEEL LIKE YOU DONT BELONG.
DO YOU EVER FEEL THAT WAY IN HOLYWOOD?
because I think I should be paid more. Like, Ill be at a meeting where
I want ten million dollars, and theyll say, We only got five,
and Im going, You motherfuckers are taking advantage of me!
But then Ill get in my car and go, Fuck itI get to work
ten weeks for five million dollars? Poor thing. (laughs)
SAD. OKAY, WHAT LINE DO FANS ON THE STREET YELL AT YOU THE MOST?
do you call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? And me being me,
I always start doing the scene and say, I dont know. What?
Most people go, Come on, you know, so, Im, like, (witheringly)
If you were really a Pulp Fiction fan, youd know that I
just started to act with you. (laughs) People also say that line,
Im always frank and earnest with women: In New York, Im
Frank and in Chicago Im Ernest from The Long Kiss Goodnight.
Mitch from that movie is one of my favorite characters.
TOO, THOUGH THAT FILM NOT WAS NOT A BIG HIT.
because it was prior to the time that women were empowered onscreen, like
Uma and Charlies Angels and Lara Croft. But Geena [Davis]
is so much tougher than all of them, and Long Kiss is a cult favorite
of women all over the world because of that.
FORGET PAM GRIER, YOUR COSTAR FROM JACKIE BROWN.
my God, the first time we were rehearsing that scene where I grab Pam around
the neck and choke her and she points a gun at my crotch, I was like, This
is off the hook: Im choking Coffy, and shes touching my genitals!
See, we didnt have guns in rehearsal and she used her finger. I thought,
This is gonna be GOOD.
IT WAS. SO IS IT TRUE THAT YOULL ONLY DO MOVIES YOUD PAY TO SEE?
And I always doI LOVE me onscreen!
MOST ACTORS SAY THEY HATE THEMSELVES ONSCREEN.
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