arts • 10 Feb, 2017
Samuel L. Jackson Rates Vietnam
Calls it ‘favourite place to shoot’
‘Ezekiel 25:17! The path of the righteous man...’
So starts Samuel L. Jackson’s movie-immortal speech as a gun-toting gangster in Pulp Fiction, the film that launched him from work-a-day actor, to the global super star he is today. Since the 1994 release of that film, a multitude of hits have followed including super-hero franchises and a further seven collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino. Plus 'Snakes on a Plane.'
Having recently filmed scenes for Kong: Skull Island in various locations in Vietnam, the man himself had some words to say about the country.
“It’s a very interesting place, a very cool place, a very mysterious place. It’s beautiful. Wow. It’s a fascinating place to be – very spiritual. Even if you don’t believe in certain things, you feel things when you’re there. You kind of see them, and you watch the people,” he said.
Having grown up around the time of the American War, his view of the country did a 180 degree while here.
“It’s a country that’s supposed to be backwards, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s really awesome. In the morning, when I was going to work at, like, 5am, I’d see 600 kids on bicycles going to school in their uniforms or walking on the road and going to school, and getting it done. You pass by them, or you get out there and you look at the adults in the rice paddies, people bent over in the rice paddies doing what they do. You get to the villages or the homes or just big open spaces with 15-20 people living in them, but they’re all communal and they’re all working together and they’re all taking care of each other. The old people are respected, so it’s kind of great.”
Kong: Skull Island in which Jackson plays Lieutenant Colonel Packard, alongside Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and John Goodman, is released next month.
Words by jonaspin