Hollywood legend Samuel L Jackson will forever be remembered for his sensational performance in the hit movie Pulp Fiction but his memories of that film will be a lot different than everyone else. While taking a six-week break from filming the cult classic movie, Sam decided to take to the stage for a while, performing in a play at the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica.
While Samuel L Jackson does have very fond memories of his time filming Pulp Fiction and his time on stage, he has admitted that there was one very unpleasant incident that he will always remember. Sam and some friends were just having a friendly chat, when the police decided to take action against them.
Jackson explained, "One night, after the play, I went with some friends to a restaurant down the street, Hugo’s. When we were done, we walked outside and stood on the corner for a while, just talking. All of a sudden, five sheriff’s cars screeched up. The policemen surrounded us, guns pointed, lights in our face: 'Get on the ground!' There we were, lying facedown in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard. I finally said to the cops, 'Why are you doing this?' One of them said, 'Oh, we got a report of five black guys standing on the corner with guns and bats.'"
He added, "I said, 'So when you pulled up and didn’t see a bat—I mean, maybe we could’ve had a gun concealed on us, but you didn’t see anything that looked like a bat. What-ever.’ I was thinking to myself, I’m in Hollywood now, on the verge of breaking through, and this is still going on. It kind of put my feet back on the ground in terms of 'O.K., you’re still just another n****r working in town, so you still got to walk softly.' And I still do. Just an object lesson for life in L.A.”
These days, Samuel L Jackson is one of the most recognisable faces on the planet and, since that day, has gone on to give us some of the best performances Hollywood has ever seen, in some unforgettable movies.