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Samuel L Jackson - A good actor ?

  • 15-01-2021 11:41am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,460 ✭✭✭ WrenBoy


    Sammy has had a very successful career in Hollywood with what I can only describe as quite limited range, maybe down to being type cast. Maybe I just missed some of his work.
    I enjoy seeing him in movies and think he's a real character when I see him interviewed but is that what he is now, Sam Jackson being Sam Jackson in different movies ?
    Basically has he just played Jules in different movies for the last 27 years ?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,934 ✭✭✭ brevity


    He might have a limited range but people like Sam Jackson because he is good for the box office and he is a professional. No messing. He knows his lines, takes direction well and gets on with everyone.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,863 ✭✭✭ mikhail


    Range isn't the only quality an actor can be valued for. Jackson has a distinctive look and sound, he's charismatic and well-liked by audiences. And as the other poster said, he has a reputation as professional, which doesn't hurt.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,044 ✭✭✭ blue note


    I think there's an element of being a movie star which is certainly linked to acting, but also kind of separate. Some guys just ooze a certain type of Hollywood charisma. It's not so much acting, it's more something that's just a part of them. I'm thinking of Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, arnie, will Smith. I'm not saying those people are average actors at all, but there's something about them that even great actors just can't quite mimic. And I'd certainly put samuel l Jackson in that bracket.

    On the other hand there are guys who are always brilliant, but would just never have that type of Hollywood about them. I'm thinking of the likes of Robert Duvall or Kevin spacey.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,544 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    Al Pacino has been pretty much a version of shouty Al Pacino in every movie for the last 30 years.

    The Rock is pretty much The Rock in every movie.

    Tom Cruise is pretty much Tom Cruise in every movie.



    The reason actors play the same role in every movie is that is what audiences want to see and pay to see so that's why movie studios hire them and pay very well to play Sam Jackson, Al Pacino, The Rock, Tom Cruise etc etc in every movie


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,512 ✭✭✭ silliussoddius


    A bit off topic; take Keanu Reeves, not a magnificent thespian by any stretch but you have to admit he really suits a lot of roles.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 978 ✭✭✭ Brother Andy


    Django unchained disagrees

    And to answer your question, yes, he’s a great actor.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 14,311 ✭✭✭✭ weldoninhio


    WrenBoy wrote: »
    Sammy has had a very successful career in Hollywood with what I can only describe as quite limited range, maybe down to being type cast. Maybe I just missed some of his work.
    I enjoy seeing him in movies and think he's a real character when I see him interviewed but is that what he is now, Sam Jackson being Sam Jackson in different movies ?
    Basically has he just played Jules in different movies for the last 27 years ?

    He seems to take every role he's offered. Acting is a job for him. Fair play to him. Star Wars, Marvel, Die Hard, he's been in some big franchises.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,742 ✭✭✭✭ B.A._Baracus


    I like samuel l jackson. he is a good actor. But yeah he pretty much is the same in every movie. That's the thing about Hollywood tho you don't have to be this great ranged actor.

    As mentioned above Tom Cruise is always the same in movies and he commands 20 million a movie (plus profit of ticket sales) but tom's acting ability is not worth 20 million. No one's is. However Tom's star power is. He places an ass in every cinema seat. Hollywood wants to give you the same thing that sells over and over. If it isn't broke don't fix it.

    Using Cruise as an example, it's not just acting ability too. Movies are the same. Sure every Mission Impossible has been the same when you step back. Ethan Hunt goes on the run to clear his name and rinse and repeat :p Not limited to the MI series too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,123 ✭✭✭ Did you smash it


    There’s differences between great actors and great stars. Sean Penn is a great actor. Tom cruise is a great star. Cruise has never won an Oscar. Penn has won two.

    The lines got blurred last year when Brad Pitt won an Oscar for playing sexy smoking unstressed alpha male. The same part he’s played at least 20 times.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,544 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    I wouldn't use winning an Oscar as sign of being a good actor myself.

    Plenty of very average actors have won Oscars over the years.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,123 ✭✭✭ Did you smash it


    I wouldn't use winning an Oscar as sign of being a good actor myself.

    Plenty of very average actors have won Oscars over the years.

    Like who?


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,544 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    Like who?

    Nic Cage, Adrien Brody, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Cuba Gooding Jr. that's just off the top of my head.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,983 ✭✭✭ Zak Flaps


    Django unchained disagrees

    And to answer your question, yes, he’s a great actor.

    I agree that he was brilliant in Django Unchained. His finest performance.

    And he can swear better than anyone. Poetry!


  • Registered Users Posts: 715 ✭✭✭ Stihl waters


    A bit off topic; take Keanu Reeves, not a magnificent thespian by any stretch but you have to admit he really suits a lot of roles.

    Same with Ben Affleck, a very limited actor in some regards but has been in some great roles


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,123 ✭✭✭ Did you smash it


    Nic Cage, Adrien Brody, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Cuba Gooding Jr. that's just off the top of my head.

    Don’t know, only actor I seen lately who is quite praised but comes across as wooden to me is Michael B Jordan. Though I loved him in The Wire when he was only a kid.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,376 ✭✭✭✭ OwaynOTT


    Nic Cage is a lot of things but what he certainly isn’t is ‘average’.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,161 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    With Sam Jackson, the equation is pretty simple IMO; his range might be limited but he possesses a tonne of charisma and his presence on screen can be utterly magnetic. No more than the recently departed Sean Connery, who was the same deal really. Limited enough range - the man could barely manage an accent - but he possessed swagger and charisma his peers often lacked. It's still an X Factor with leading stars, in my mind anyway.

    The flipside for me would be someone like Jared Leto. Maybe technically a better actor than Jackson (though I find his style too Try Hard), but has absolutely zero charm or charisma to command a lead role.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,030 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    Nic Cage, Adrien Brody, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Cuba Gooding Jr. that's just off the top of my head.

    Largely agree with that list but Brody's for the quite superb The Pianist was a well-merited award.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,447 ✭✭✭✭ RobbingBandit


    Samuel L Jackson has done it all he's a disney character he's a Star Wars Character he was in Grand Theft Auto, stephen king and Tom Clancy films, countless Tarantino movies, multi time Anime star, Marvel Characters, hell he was even in Die Hard 3.

    To answer the OPs question yeah he's a good actor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,291 ✭✭✭ Heckler


    He has a deadly voice in fairness mother****er.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,089 ✭✭✭ storker


    When you stop to think about it, quite a few well-regarded actors have limited range, Gene Hackman is always basically Gene Hackman, ditto Kevin Spacey, even greats like Jack Lemmon and Paul Newman. They just do it so well that you don't mind. Brad Pitt always seems to be the guy who has his sh1t super together or is a super badass. Even Pacino and de Niro fall into this category quite a bit.

    I would have included Tom Cruise if it wasn't for Interview with the Vampire and The Color of Money, or Val Kilmer but for his portrayal of Doc Holliday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭ flasher0030


    OwaynOTT wrote: »
    Nic Cage is a lot of things but what he certainly isn’t is ‘average’.

    Above average or below average??
    Didn't realise he won an oscar - for drinking himself to death.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,447 ✭✭✭✭ RobbingBandit


    Leaving Las Vegas is a work of art


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,718 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so


    storker wrote: »
    When you stop to think about it, quite a few well-regarded actors have limited range, Gene Hackman is always basically Gene Hackman, ditto Kevin Spacey, even greats like Jack Lemmon and Paul Newman. They just do it so well that you don't mind. Brad Pitt always seems to be the guy who has his sh1t super together or is a super badass. Even Pacino and de Niro fall into this category quite a bit.

    I would have included Tom Cruise if it wasn't for Interview with the Vampire and The Color of Money, or Val Kilmer but for his portrayal of Doc Holliday.
    So who's not "limited" seeing as you've taken out a lot of great actors?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,145 ✭✭✭ santana75


    Django unchained disagrees

    And to answer your question, yes, he’s a great actor.

    I was gonna mention Django myself. He was incredble in that film.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,380 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC


    No not at all he is a not a good actor he us a great actor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,089 ✭✭✭ storker


    is_that_so wrote: »
    So who's not "limited" seeing as you've taken out a lot of great actors?

    Off the top of my head...

    John Hurt
    Gary Oldman
    Daniel Day-Lewis
    Paul Bettany
    Johnny Depp
    Sean Penn

    Stephen Lang, while I don't think he's considered a great actor, has a terrific range.

    One of the movies that I think shows that Pacino can have great range, when he wants, is Scarface.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,250 ✭✭✭✭ branie2


    Very good actor


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,083 ✭✭✭✭ Charlie19


    Very good actor but apparently has a problem saying no to some awful movies. Nearly 200 films according to imdb, the man is a workaholic.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,056 ✭✭✭ PsychoPete


    Leaving Las Vegas is a work of art

    I disagree, Con Air is a work of art and should have got an Oscar


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