Sharon Knolle Freelance Writer

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Complex Magazine, May 2002

Sam v. Sam

Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about? COMPLEX pits Samuel L. Jackson against Samuel L. Jackson to find out who is the man.
by Sharon Knolle

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CHARACTER INVINCIBILITY BAG OF TRICKS WEAPON OF CHOICE ACHILLES HEEL FIGHTIN' WORDS DRESSED TO KILL?
Jules Winnfield
Pulp Fiction
10 - Even bullets can't touch him (pre-Matrix, mind you). Disorients victims by reciting Bible verses before he kills them. Big-ass handgun, big-ass vocabulary Has given up the life to peacefully "walk the earth." "Oh, you ready to blow? Well I'm a mushroom-cloud-laying motherfucker, motherfucker! ... I'm Superfly TNT, I'm the Guns of the Navarone." Still inspires fear, even in shorts and a T-shirt.
Mace Windu
Attack of the Clones
8 - After a cameo-like role in Episode I, Sam gets some meat. You know, all that cool Jedi shit. Light saber,icy stare If Yoda has his back, that still leaves 90 percent of it to cover. "Dark side?! I'll show you the Dark Side." Nah. Those Jedi robes can be cumbersome.
John Shaft
Shaft
7 - He loses points - it's a remake! Police brutality, withering sarcasm. Anything he can lay his hands on. The Man never lets him get laid. "You wouldn't know Egyptian cotton if Pharaoh himself gave it to you, you knock-off-wearing motherfucker." Armani good enough for you?
Elijah Price Unbreakable 6, If allowed to work in secret for the length of the movie Cartoonish supervillainy. Terrorist bombs. Eggshell-fragile bones "Now you know who I am." The glass cane is cool, but the padded jacket's gotta go.

Sam's No Scrub


Scrubs's Donald Faison's five favorite Samuel L. Jackson joints:
1. The Long Kiss Goodnight -- He was hilarious in that.
2. Jungle Fever -- I though he deserved an Oscar nomination for that.
3. Pulp Fiction -- He should have won the award.
4. Goodfellas -- Even though he only had a small role and got his head shot off.
5. 187 -- I gotta give it up to this one. I thought it was a great movie.