Few can sell an angry rant or drop an epic one-liner like "Hateful Eight" star and recent Stern Show guest Samuel L. Jackson. Whether he's appearing in a gangster flick like "Pulp Fiction" or a schlock horror film like "Snakes on a Plane," the actor always brings his A-game.
Indeed, when they make the Mount Rushmore for badass motherfuckers who drop badass speeches, Sammy J.'s face might be one of the first ones on there. Until then, here's a look at eight of his iconic tirades:
8. "Die Hard: With a Vengeance"
Not many dudes can threaten to shove a lightning bolt up Bruce Willis' ass and get away with it, but in "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" Jackson's character does just that. He plays an electrician named Zeus (ha!) who puts cop John McLane in his place after discovering him wandering around Harlem wearing nothing but a racist sign.
7. "The Other Guys"
Jackson doesn't get as much screen time as Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in "The Other Guys," but he manages to deliver some of the movie's most frequently quoted lines. When Ferrell interrupts him during an impassioned speech, Jackson memorably responds: "If we wanna hear you talk, I will shove my arm up your face and work your mouth like a puppet!"
6. "Jackie Brown"
In "Jackie Brown," one of he and Tarantino's many collaborations, Jackson plays a fast-talking crook who stirs up all sorts of trouble with his sharp tongue and charisma. In one scene, he talks Chris Tucker into climbing into a trunk so that he can drive him around the corner and put a bullet in his head. In another (above), he berates Robert De Niro for botching a heist and shoots him while he's still insulting him.
5. "Snakes on a Plane"
As if this one needs any introduction.
4. "The Long Kiss Goodnight"
The speech he makes when arresting prostitutes in "The Long Kiss Goodnight" works on several levels. First, it educates folks about the dangers inherent to making assumptions (i.e. when you make one, you make an ass out of you and umption). Second, it's only about 40 words long and three of them are "assfucked." Let's see Abraham Lincoln try and top that in his next Gettysburg Address.
3. Real Life
Sam walks the walk and talks the talk in real life, too.
When he appeared on KTLA a few years back to promote his "RoboCop" remake, the TV reporter accidentally confused Mr. Jackson with another famous black actor, Laurence Fishburne. Whoops!
Sammy proceeded to tear the dude a new one on live television.
2. "Deep Blue Sea"
If "Deep Blue Sea" isn't the best horror film ever made about genetically modified, super-intelligent sharks, it's certainly in the top five. When Jackson's character, an optimistic corporate executive, gives a speech to rally his frightened and bickering troops, he's interrupted by... Well, see for yourself in the video above.
1. "Pulp Fiction"
Sam plays a God-fearing hitman who serenades victims with Bible verses before pumping them full of lead in Tarantino's 1994 classic "Pulp Fiction." The sequence (above) starts off with a darkly comedic exchange between he and his victim ("Say what again! I dare you!") and finishes with one of the most frequently cited speeches in cinema history.