The Brutha who Rose from the Ashes

Here enters Edward Stacks in Goodfellas

It’s said Samuel L Jackson is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. He’s Mr Box Office who has helped films to gross at least $9 billion, and he didn’t start his limelight by signing mega deals. I think it’s fair to mention — his limelight — began after playing Edward Stacks. He was a laid-back criminal but got shot in the back of the head. It was also his cameo appearance that seemed to deliver a message: Don’t mess with mobsters, or else. I say again, that man had a cameo appearance in Goodfellas (crime genre) – starring Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. It was also the type of scene that made me think that I won’t be seeing his black ass any time soon.

Nevertheless, Jackson has the charisma to run a riot: His fiery roar is very noticeable in his roles. I dare add, he was raised during the segregation sixties and his mother spoiled him to move from Washington to Los Angeles because she was worried sick of his involvement in a black activist movement: The Black Panthers. His bad-attitude charmed directors to select him in many diverse movies like Jurassic Park (Science Fiction), Jungle Fever (Romance), Menace II Society (Crime). Okay, Jurassic Park is a huge box office hit. I remember him having a line which is obviously overlooked. Let me explain, the movie was disappointing that the film should’ve made me shit myself. He said, ‘Hold onto your butts.’ I froze and expected the film to show something horrible like in Raiders of the Lost Ark ( the adventure scene when the Nazis opened it ). Something to give me nightmares and believe in good karma. Oh wait, it’s a family movie. So it’s fair for Samuel L Jackson – the dark horse – to swear? Therefore, is it wrong to imagine that he might as well had said to the T-Rex: ‘Listen hear you dino-saw-us muthafucka, sit just right here. Do you hear me, muthafucka!’ Basically, the man was still able to reclaim stardom, even after his character is killed off. I could have imagined him starring in one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies if he wasn’t the Governor of California. If you believe in the science fiction myth involving Arnie: Black characters are always killed-off before the credits roll.

Then all of the sudden, he’s divine: he gets shot-up multiple times and he’s still standing!? The movie in question is Pulp Fiction ( Crime, drama and many things). Not only can he survive a miraculous event, he now is the word! You know the Jules Winnfield scene:

Well, there’s this passage I’ve got memorized, sorta fits the occasion. Ezekiel 25:17? “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord…when I lay my vengeance upon thee!”

He’s ya brutha that does the dirty deeds that no other rightful person would dream of doing. The brutha that takes no bullshit: One violent Christian hermit finding his actions justified in the book of brimstone and fire ( The Old Testament ). The brutha who knows how to clamp down as an unforgivable, ape-shit enforcer.

Let me confess! It was my late Grandma who introduce me to his bad attitude in Coming to America! In all of his roles, Samuel L Jackson is amazing on how he brings his characters to life. I would like to thank her for allowing me the opportunity of knowing such a great talent on our screens.

I do wonder how he would chill out when he’s not acting? 

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