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The EnterPAINment Industry: Samuel Jackson

Updated on March 21, 2019
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Ryan is a poet, article writer, screen writer, copywriter, and song writer.

Introduction

Jackson was born in Washington D.C. He is the son of Elizabeth and Roy Jackson. He was their only child. His parents late relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. That is where he grew up. His mother and father were separated. He stayed in Tennessee with his mother only. She raised him with help from her family and friends. When he was growing up he would stutter a lot. The times were very segregated. Through it all, he displayed his love for art at a young age. He played the French horn, trumpet, flute and piccolo in school. Jack started in the third grade. Once he graduated he shifted. He decided to pursue a degree in marine biology in Atlanta, GA. While he was there in Atlanta, he attended the funeral of the great doctor MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. He was an usher. He became very active in the civil rights movement during that time. In 1969, Jackson and a few other students held the college board of trustees’ hostage on the campus. He demanded reform in the school’s curriculum and governance. As a result, the college did what he requested. Despite coming out victorious, he still had to suffer consequences. He was charge for the incident. He was told to stay away from the campus for two years. After the two years, he returned with the love that he started with while young. The love of art. His career dreams shifted again when he joined a local acting group. He found interest in the art of acting. Shortly after, he founded the JUST US THEATRE. In 1972, he graduated with a BACHELOR OF ARTS in acting.

Addiction

Jackson was eager to get to the top of the mountain. He always made sure to perfect his role. He was acting in plays and television films. He relocated from Atlanta to NYC in 1976. His early career looked promising. He was not resting well but he was doing what he loved. Alcohol and Drugs seemed to be all that he needed. He soon became addicted. The addiction was interfering with his work. The industry noticed his talent. They also noticed his addiction. An actor stepped up to help. His name was Morgan Freeman. He to Jackson under his wing. Jackson was later introduced to movie director Spike Lee. Lee saw fit to include him in many of his productions. He played minor roles in movies and on T.V. Jackson’s struggles with his addiction continued in the 90’s. He overdosed on heroin many times. He later became addicted to a new drug, cocaine. On the big screen not much changed. In the film JUNGLE FEVER (1991) he was a cocaine addict. That same year he was featured as one in the film STRICTLY BUSINESS. He was a drug addict in real life and he played a good one on the big screen.

False Accusations

Successful couples have challenges. Some choose to overcome it together and some do not but the Jacksons did. He met wife, Latanya Richardson, when he was in college. Overtime she has become an actress and sports channel producer. The two started dating and were married by 1980’s. The couple is one of the most successful couples in Hollywood. The fam was much for them both, but they have managed to handle it well. The couple had only one child together. He recognizes her as a monumental figure in his life daily. When his daughter was only 32, their union was challenged, and Jackson was ready for it. He was out with his daughter in Italy. They were in a nightclub. Journalists had mistaken the daughter as a woman. A woman that was not his wife. In a matter of hours, the story was to the public. The story outraged the fans including Samuel Jackson’s mother. The actor later proved the rumors false. Along with that rumor, there were more that were proven to be wrong during his career. Jackson maybe an aggressive actor but he is a loyal family man.

He's Not Systematic

Before his career started Jackson was speaking his mind. He was always aggressive. While playing each role in a film he made sure he was. He was also a critic. Director JORDAN PEELE knows his criticism far too well. Peele directed 2017’s box office hit GET OUT. Get out is a satirical horror film that was not only directed by Peele. He wrote the film too. The film was Peele’s directional debut. The film had many critics and Jackson was one of them. It was not much towards the film, but the actor chosen to star in it. The actor is British. It was apparent that Jackson had an issue with a Britain playing an American Dad. Jackson was left to wonder about the film. He seemed to think it maybe as good with an American playing the role. That British star responded. Jackson did not only comment about that movie. The movie SELMA starred a British actor as well. Jackson helped all see what he meant. He assured them that his aim was not towards the actors but the system. He seemed to want people to be aware of it. Jackson also expressed his dislike for President Donald Trump. Jackson is a great actor but he is not systematic.

Conclusion

Jackson is aggressive on the screen and off it. He got along with any race but made sure that he always displayed the power of blacks. He’s also known for the language he uses in the films. The fact that he is a great actor cannot go unnoticed. He is ranked as the highest all-time box-office star. He has grossed over $5.15 billion total in the U.S alone. The gross is larger worldwide. By 2011, he became the top-grossing actor. Throughout his career, he appeared in movies alongside rappers. The rappers included the deceased Tupac Shakur (Juice), Queen Latifah, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes. His most recent film is as Nick Fury on the Marvel Franchise Avengers. Jackson is currently producing films of his own. He and his wife started their own charitable organization in 2009. The couple supports education. In June 2013 he launched a campaign to assist a major charity raise money to fight ALZHEMIERS DISEASE. Jackson is a golfer that teamed up with another in GARY PLAYER to raise funds for the children in South Africa. He’s very active when it comes to sports. He supports the NBA team TORONTO RAPTORS and soccer teams LIVERPOOL F.C and BOHEMIAN F.C. Jackson is more than just black power. He stands for it all.

© 2019 Ryan Jarvis Cornelius

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      14 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Thank you for this post! I’ve always adored Samuel Jackson.

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