Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson did an interview recently where he discussed never winning an Oscar for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor. It seems ridiculous to me that Sam Jackson has never won a proper Academy Award (he’s received an honorary one) for any one of the many amazing performances that he’s delivered over the years. Still, it looks like he has a good perspective on things.
Jackson stated: “I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor. My yardstick of success is my happiness: am I satisfied with what I’m doing? I’m not doing statue-chasing movies. No, thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in my hand.”
I love Samuel L. Jackson…he’s one of my favorite actors of all time. Whether he’s in Star Wars or Marvel or Jurassic Park or more…Sam Jackson has been a movie icon for years. For this list, we’re going with big roles from Sam where he was one of the main good guys or bad guys of the flick and had lots of screen time. So, movies like Patriot Games or Do The Right Thing or Goodfellas…where Sam was excellent but in small roles…are ineligible.
Behold! It’s East Side Dave’s Top 5 Samuel L. Jackson Performances! LANGUAGE IN CLIPS NOT SAFE FOR WORK!
5.) Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown
Listen. Just gonna be upfront with you. Quentin Tarantino is gonna be all over this list. And that’s because Sam Jackson & Tarantino is sorta like DeNiro & Scorcese. And Ordell rules.
4.) Zeus in Die Hard With A Vengeance
We gotta bring a little action to the table while I’m bringing a hot take. Die Hard With A Vengeance…or as I call it, Die Hard 3…may be the BEST Die Hard in the series. John McClane is finally in the Big Apple after hearing in the first two movies how much of a badass New York cop he was. And Sam Jackson brings tons of intensity to this really fun flick!
3.) Mr. Glass in Unbreakable
Jackson is simply fantastic in this highly-underrated and extremely awesome picture from M. Night Shyamalan. Samuel plays Mr. Glass…a disturbed, scary, and mysterious character who reveals the truth of the film’s story to Bruce Willis in this really cool movie.
2.) Stephen in Django Unchained
Samuel L. Jackson is absolutely magnificent in this sinister performance as Leo DiCaprio’s butler in another Tarantino masterpiece. Sam is both funny and downright evil with his brilliant portrayal as the loyal Stephen.
1.) Jules in Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction…the movie that made Sam Jackson a household name…the film that garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination…yet another Quentin Tarantino cinematic classic…and a totally transcendent performance that would become a part of pop culture legend…this is Sam’s best and most iconic performance.